A Classic Camel Hair Coat

Classic coat made with camel hair from Mood Fabrics and Simplicity 1759.
Every year, I like to make at least one substantial coat. Last year, it was my beloved cashmere pea coat.  So this year, I decided it would be a classic camel hair coat. I wanted a coat that I would love and cherish for years to come… nothing trendy at all for this project. Just timeless elegance.

Classic coat made with camel hair from Mood Fabrics and Simplicity 1759.I picked this beautiful camel-colored 100% camel hair fabric. It’s described as “a heavy-weight camel wool with a long brushed nap. Very soft, slightly spongy.” This is a napped fabric with a raised pile. Which means it’s best to layout your pattern and cut (on a single layer) with the nap running down the garment. It’ll wear better and pill less. With ALL pieces going in the same direction. Also, since this fabric is thick, I used a 100/16 needle and a 3mm stitch length.  And I pressed the fabric on the wrong side using a fluffy terrycloth towel underneath. This is my first time sewing with camel hair, so it was all experimental.
Classic coat made with camel hair from Mood Fabrics and Simplicity 1759.
I picked Simplicity 1759 for my pattern. This pattern is great because you can choose either a single or double-breasted style; choose notched or stand collars or just collarless. It has patch or welt pockets and back belt variations.  And most importantly, a two-piece sleeve.
Classic coat made with camel hair from Mood Fabrics and Simplicity 1759.
I followed the instructions for interfacing.
But I padstitched the collar and taped my roll lines on my lapels. I also interfaced my hem.Classic coat made with camel hair from Mood Fabrics and Simplicity 1759.
I also added a back stay and custom made shoulder pads.

I used a silk charmeuse from my stash.  And I bagged my lining.

Classic coat made with camel hair from Mood Fabrics and Simplicity 1759.

Classic coat made with camel hair from Mood Fabrics and Simplicity 1759.
I used Gutermann Top Stitching Heavy Duty Thread for top stitching, buttonholes…
Classic coat made with camel hair from Mood Fabrics and Simplicity 1759.
And buttons.
Classic coat made with camel hair from Mood Fabrics and Simplicity 1759.
In conclusion, the idea that I created a coat that is similar to coats produced by designers such as Max Mara, makes me very happy.  Coat making is really easy, but there are just a lot of time-consuming steps.  You have to (with experience) teach yourself how much tailoring and/or shortcuts you want to apply to your constructions techniques.  And most importantly, that timeless beautiful fabric is really what makes a great coat, so choose wisely!

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Comments


  • Carolyn
    January 14, 2014

    The coat is stunning and you did a lovely job on it!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • Serenity
    January 14, 2014

    The coat looks so Store Bought!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Serenity!

  • Elizabeth
    January 14, 2014

    Gorgeous coat. And you look beautiful in it.

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Elizabeth!

  • Jenny
    January 14, 2014

    Ooh, I’m making Simplicity 1759 right now and this is the first time I’ve ever seen it made up! I’m glad to see it looks great :)
    I’m making the single breasted collarless version , but I’ve drafted a BIG collar based on a RTW coat I have. I have the pieces all cut and interfaced, so now I just have to sew it up… I hope it looks halfway as good as yours!

    http://cashmerette.blogspot.com/2013/12/coatly-ambitions.html

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    January 14, 2014

    That pic with the metallic dress and the red handbag is simply HOT. If you ever need a scarf…go with something Burberry…

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks! I have the Burberry scarf in the gray. I need to invest in the original color now!

  • Angela
    January 14, 2014

    Wow.. just wow… that is truly a beautifully made coat. superb!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Angela!

  • carolyn roemer
    January 14, 2014

    The coat is beautiful. Wonderful fit in the shoulders. And the lapels are tailored perfectly. So time consuming but so worth it.

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Carolyn Roemer!

  • Susanna
    January 14, 2014

    Absolutely gorgeous. I love it!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Susanna!

  • Amy
    January 14, 2014

    Wow! What a beautiful and classic coat! You truly have made yourself a timeless piece. And, thanks for all your tips on your tailoring!

  • Ginger
    January 14, 2014

    This looks great! I bet you’ll be wearing it for many, many years!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      That’s my plan! Thanks Ginger!

  • PoldaPop
    January 14, 2014

    What a gorgeous coat! And thank you for saying that coat making is easy if you are willing to put in the time. This is just what I needed to hear as I contemplate sewing my first coat!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks PoldaPop! And may I suggest getting a copy of “Tailoring: The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket”. It’s my go-to when making tailored jackets and coats!

  • Kimberly
    January 14, 2014

    Alright Now!! That’s what I’m sayin’. Thank you for sharing your creation and style with us little folk. ;-)

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Kimberly!

  • oonaballoona
    January 14, 2014

    jaw. dropped. must go pick up jaw.

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      LOL! Thanks Oona!

  • Peter
    January 14, 2014

    Erica, this coat is gorgeous and it looks fantastic on you. I LOVE the color, especially paired with black and red. GREAT job!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Peter!

  • Grace
    January 14, 2014

    This coat is so gorgeous! I’ve been thinking about making my own camel coat (I have a different pattern in mind) and I like hearing about how you handled it.

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Grace! Good luck with yours!

  • Nancy K
    January 14, 2014

    It is exactly what you were looking for, a classic elegant coat that will last you for years. Beautiful.

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Nancy K!

  • Maggie
    January 14, 2014

    This is fabulous!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Maggie!

  • Faye Lewis
    January 14, 2014

    It’s beautiful!

  • Melanie
    January 14, 2014

    This cost is AMAZINGLY INCREDIBLE! I cannot imagine ever having the skills to make something like this, but it looks so luxurious. Well done!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Melanie!

  • Lauren
    January 14, 2014

    Beautiful job, Erica! That style and fabric are so timeless (and flattering on you!), I can see you wearing and loving this for years. I love coatmaking so much, I just think it’s so much fun and SO fulfilling!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Lauren!

  • Sallie
    January 14, 2014

    Get out of town!! This has got to be the most elegant thing I’ve ever seen. Ever! Beautiful, beautiful job! This is definitely the sort of piece that looks like it will get loved for years and years to come!

    • Erica B.
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Sallie!

  • Carmen
    January 14, 2014

    When I see results such as this it makes me wonder when you are going to start you own label. I’d head straight to the Erica B section — and hope to find them on sale. This looks V-E-R-Y expensive and elegant. Love the accessories too. You may want to add those to your line also.

  • Erica B.
    January 14, 2014

    Thanks Carmen!

  • Shirley
    January 14, 2014

    Erica, that coat is amazing. I’ve been dying to make one something along those lines. My question is, are the shoulder pads essential or is it just to maintain the structure? Thanks for inspiring me to try and make one.

    • Erica B.
      January 15, 2014

      Shirley, mine are really thin and they do help maintain the structure. Thanks!

  • Shirley
    January 14, 2014

    and I should also add, everytime you wear those valentinos I always regret not getting them!

    • Erica B.
      January 15, 2014

      I love these shoes!

  • Jessica
    January 15, 2014

    Damnit. Every time I think that my sewing queue is absolutely full, you go and showcase ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL PROJECT that sends me scurrying off to look at patterns and fabric. Absolutely gorgeous!

    • Erica B.
      January 15, 2014

      LOL! Thanks Jessica!

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 15, 2014

    B E A U T I F U L ! Maybe a coat sew-a-long next time around?

    • Erica B.
      January 15, 2014

      I would LOVE a coat sew-along! Thanks Sarah!

  • Amanda S.
    January 15, 2014

    Lovely coat; truly timeless. The interesting belt is a neat detail. Great job!

    • Erica B.
      January 15, 2014

      I thought that was a great detail as well. Even when a coat has a belt, I usually just tie it in the back and leave the coat open. So this was perfect! Thanks Amanda!

  • Pam
    January 15, 2014

    Erika — What a custom classic coat you’ve made! Really wonderful. I love it and great fit on you!

    Another winner! Pam
    P.S. I love to browse the coat fabrics at Mood.

  • Erica B.
    January 15, 2014

    Mood has the greatest selection of coat fabrics! Thanks Pam!

  • Lori
    January 15, 2014

    This is a gorgeous and timeless coat, Erica. I love the camel color and the style. Amazing job as always.

  • Sharon
    January 15, 2014

    That coat is a true work of art.

    • Erica B.
      January 15, 2014

      Thanks Sharon!

  • Nikki
    January 16, 2014

    You did a great job! this looks awesome

    • Erica B.
      January 20, 2014

      Thanks Nikki!

  • Dawn
    January 20, 2014

    You did an amazing job. You look beautiful too…thanks for sharing.

  • Kay
    January 21, 2014

    Better than perfect! It fits you so well and it is so neatly done. You have inspired me to try making my own coat instead of tirelessly looking all over the shops for one.

  • Levone
    January 21, 2014

    Gorgeous and timeless coat! Beautiful work!

    • Erica B.
      January 22, 2014

      Thanks Levone!

  • Rose Britton
    January 22, 2014

    Magnificent! I really appreciate your tips on construction — maybe someday I’ll have the gumption to start such a project!

  • Becky
    January 26, 2014

    This reminds me a camel hair coat I had years ago. I wore it to death, and I have not been able to find another one like it that fits. This is absolutely gorgeous,and I wish my skills were up to making something like this. I am in awe of your skills to pick a fabric, a pattern, and make a garment this beautiful. This rocks!

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2014

      Thanks Becky!

  • John Yingling
    January 28, 2014

    You achieved excellent results by selecting a rich, classic coating fabric, and not overworking that beautiful fabric, and of course, using well- honed sewing techniques.

    Did you consider using a sleeve head to give the shoulder a little lift and definition as it meets the sleeve cap?

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2014

      John, I did. I went into deeper construction details on my blog. Thanks!

  • Kimberley Brown
    January 29, 2014

    Lovely coat, I purchased some camel hair this past winter from Mood to make a vintage vogue coat, but I am worried about not having the skills to pull it off

    • Erica B.
      February 4, 2014

      It sews like wool… as long as you don’t overwork the fabric. Thanks Kimberley!