I absolutely cannot resist a good red coat. It all started when I found this bright tomato red coat at a thrift store when I was in high school. The fit was impeccable (besides the too short sleeves) and I always got so many compliments on it! It was made by a vintage brand called Nicolette and it was just my absolute favourite coat. It was very heavy, with 100% wool and a deep red silk lining. It seemed like a luxury coat for a little girl. It’s currently in a pretty shabby state, but I held onto it in the hope that I could one day recreate it with the finest wool and silk I could find. Well, I’m not at the point where I can start making coats from other coats I have, so I thought I’d give a really simple pattern a try. I also didn’t know how this one would turn out so I gave it a try in a red felt and some leftover lining I had. I think it turned out okay (and wished I made it in the real thing) but I think I’ll wait to put the effort into making what I really want–a recreation of my magical red coat!
Pattern: Simplicity 1197
- Red felt
- Red polyester thread
- Leftover acetate lining
- Took 6″ off the length
- Moved the welt pockets up 2″ since I am short waisted
- Took off 1/2″ off the center back and center front seams (though I don’t think this was all that necessary)
What I Found Helpful:
- You’ll want to check out a video on making welt pockets since I found the instructions a bit confusing. I used this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzryycrhTYY.
- I made my own custom buttons using this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmTCGoUgB4k.
Mini Sewing Victory:
- First coat (forget that it’s a muslin — I sometimes wear this at night to walk my pup!)
- Buttonhole practice!
- Button practice!
- Welt pockets!