A Perfect Plaid Statement Coat!

Don’t you love when you find a hidden gem in a pattern? I do!  And this is what Vogue 9123 is, a hidden gem.  I completely overlooked this pattern since it was released.  And lo and behold, the perfect lightweight coat pattern!
We tend to have a lot of mild winter temps, and this coat is perfect for that type of breezy winter weather.  My perfect fabric is this Rose/Gray/Off-White Flannelled Wool Coating.  It’s very lightweight and feels almost like a wool suiting.
I cut the size 14 straight from the envelope.  I didn’t have to make any adjustments.  I am so winning! And based on the fact that I wanted to use a plaid fabric, this pattern has limited seaming… a couple of darts.  Nothing to freak out over.  So as far as uneven plaids go, this one was pretty simple to match a the seams.
My lining fabric is this glorious silver silk charmeuse.  Such a dream to work with and it feels so luxurious to wear.
The coat is lightly tailored.  No fancy interfacings this time.  But I did add a back stay, custom 1/2″ shoulder pads, sleeve heads.
As someone who is not the greatest fan of prints or pink, I’m so glad that this pink plaid spoke to me.  It’s great statement coat.  I’m sure I’ll have fun wearing this!


  • Peter
    January 8, 2016

    Perfect is the word. It’s really beautiful and I love the plaid you’ve chosen. Happy New Year!

    • Erica B's DIY Style
      January 9, 2016

      Thanks Peter!

      • Natalya
        January 22, 2016

        Love the coat!
        I’m new to the sewing and this blog and really don’t know where I suppose to ask general questions. So I use this opportunity to ask what sewing machine do you use for knit fabrics? I ‘m planning to buy one. Any recommendations?

  • PsychicKathleen
    January 8, 2016

    Love your coat! The pink is such a flattering colour and the lining! WOW what a beautiful way to finish off this gorgeous garment. Thank you for sharing your success and the pattern you used. I actually love Vogue patterns and find that they often do fit just right without any fiddling.

    • Erica B's DIY Style
      January 9, 2016

      One of the reasons I love them too! Thanks PsychicKathleen!

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  • Levone
    January 8, 2016

    I love your coat!

  • Astrid
    January 9, 2016

    I love it, bravo!
    May I ask how many material you needed?

    • Erica B's DIY Style
      January 11, 2016

      Thanks! If you’re asking how many yards? I ordered 3 yds of both the coating and the lining fabrics.

      • Astrid
        January 19, 2016

        Thank you!!

  • sallie
    January 9, 2016

    Oh it’s just so perfectly lovely! The soft rose color really suits you, and I think it’ll be a fun addition to your already enviable outerwear wardrobe!

  • Fiona
    January 9, 2016

    What a fantastic simple and chic coat pattern and the perfect way to showcase that unique plaid!

  • Cennetta
    January 9, 2016

    Super cute, Erica.

  • Lori
    January 13, 2016

    This is just such a stunning coat, the plaid fabric was a perfect choice.

  • Lulu
    January 14, 2016

    Love it, and how you styled it. Just wondering, without belt loops, do you just fold up the belt and stuff it into a pocket when you take the coat off?

  • Nokes613
    January 25, 2016

    Really stunning piece! Love the fabric!