I made up this coat using my own drafted pattern. The coat has been underlined with silk which gives it a luxurious weight and feel to it. I used a horsehair interfacing for support adding additional layers to the shoulder area and the top back.
For the main body of the coat I used a quality textured fabric which graduates in colours from a mid-grey through to navy/black and back to grey. The fabric also has a ‘circle’ design with flecks of black on top. The fabric was carefully prepared so that the design of the fabric flowed around the coat without interruption, matching up the colours and design at the seam lines. I added a raspberry/red piping to highlight the princess style design lines on the front and back of the coat, the collar, the side welt pockets, the sleeve back seam and at the top of the sleeve/shoulder area. I also used the piping for the bound buttonholes at the front opening and on the sleeves. The buttonholes are then further adorned with silver ornaments stitched alongside, the buttons are covered in the same fabric ensuring that the buttons graduate in colour to match each placement area on the coat.
The coat is fully lined using the same raspberry/red fabric as the piping for the main body of the coat whilst I used a grey silk for the sleeves. The lining is attached on the inside with a grey piping at the front and back neck facings edges.
I hope you enjoy looking at the photos of my coat as much as I enjoyed making it.
Front view, showing the piping, buttonholes, and silver adornments
Back view, showing th piping at the back princess lines
Top Front of coat
The lining is attached on the inside again with piping
Side view shows the piped welt pockets and sleeve detail