A Red Wool Designer Coat

When Vogue Patterns originally released V1419, a coat designed by Ralph Rucci, I’ll admit – my first impression was to hate it. It wasn’t until I went to NYC at the end of this summer and actually tried on the designer original at the McCall Pattern Company offices (wind machine was an added bonus!) that I realized the coat was actually pretty awesome and I needed a version for myself. That’s when the watercolor painting started…

V1419 Ralph Rucci - Inspiration Watercolor

… which in turn meant that a coat was bound to happen sooner or later!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

My coat is the result of an intense sewalong that I cohosted along with the McCall Pattern Company. I won’t be going over the sewalong in this post, but if you’d like more information – you can view the posts on my blog and the McCall blog, as well as our Pinterest board and Flickr group. If you ever decide to sew this pattern and need some assistance, the sewalong is a great resource to have!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

For my coat, I enlisted the help of the wonderful and knowledgeable staff at the Mood Fabrics flagship store in NYC. I couldn’t find anything suitable online that matched my vision, so I chatted with the staff, gave them some ideas of what I wanted in terms of fiber, color, drape and price range, and ended up with a whole mess of swatches to choose from. This bright red virgin wool was exactly what I had in mind – it’s fairly thick, with a lovely, stiff drape (very much needed for this particular style of coat), but the wool was malleable enough to manage all the crazy seaming that this coat demands. The pattern itself is unlined (with all seams bound for a gorgeous and clean finish), so I underlinined my entire coat with a bright red silk taffeta, to allow for ease of wearing and an extra layer of warmth. The bound seams and contrast detail on the outside of the coat are also of silk taffeta, in a darker shade of red that matches the wool. I love the contrast of textures between the two; I think the coat looks very luxe!

Here are some detail shots so you can really see what makes this coat so special:

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

The making of this coat was a very long, very involved process. There was a fair amount of hand-basting involved, as well as a lot of beating the crap out of my seams with my wooden clapper to get them to lie flat (and you thought sewing was a peaceful hobby? Ha!). It was absolutely worth all the trouble, though – I think my finished coat turned out pretty fabulous, and yes, I’m totally tooting my own horn right now. Toot toot. Wouldn’t you? 🙂

I also have to give some mad credit to my friend Alnnah Arnold, for shooting these amazing photos of my finished coat! So much better than some boring pictures of me standing in front of my shed, yeah? 🙂

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

I think the best part about this project is how little it cost vs the rumored price of the designer original – mine was well under $200, whereas the Ralph Rucci couture version has been rumored to cost closer to $10,000! If that’s not a case of sewing saving one some serious bank, I don’t know what is 😉

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  • Sallie
    November 17, 2014

    Lauren!!! This coat is FABULOUS!! That red!! That SHAPE! Those BUTTONS! Super super job! I’ve been silently lurking your sew along and I’m so excited to see the result of all that hard work. Glorious!

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Yay! Thank you so much, Sallie! I’m so happy with how it turned out 😀

  • The Nerdy Seamstress
    November 17, 2014

    Lauren, this coat is fabulous! I love the color and that you underlined it. I love the pictures, especially the last one!

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Thank you so much! I love the photos; Alannah really killed it with those!

  • Erica B.
    November 17, 2014

    Just amazing Lauren! You did that! And you look stunning in the red!

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Thank you so much, Erica!

  • Lori
    November 17, 2014

    This coat is amazing, I cannot imagine all the work that went into the construction. Just stunning and fabulous jobl

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Thank you, Lori! It was truly a labor of love to tackle this project 🙂

  • Janette
    November 17, 2014

    Inspirational.

  • Cennetta Burwell
    November 17, 2014

    Superb, Lauren! You’re look fabulous in red
    You should be very proud of how this beauty turned out. Every detail excellent.

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Thank you so much, Cennetta! I am pretty proud of this, might be one of my best projects to date 🙂

  • Peter
    November 17, 2014

    So many great details on this coat, Lauren — beautifully done! I love those outer sleeve seams in particular and those buttonholes are superb!

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Thank you, Peter! The sleeve seams and button holes were borderline torture to sew, but they really make the coat extra special, so it was totally worth it 🙂

  • carolyn roemer
    November 17, 2014

    What a labor of love and so successfully completed. Basting all the underlining would have stopped me. And the seam finishes are beautiful and it’s the numerous seams that give the coat it’s pizzazz. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Thank you so much! This coat was truly a labor of love, and I’m happy that I can finally wear it out now! 😀

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 18, 2014

    You are just awesome, Lladybird! Fantastic sew a long and coat.

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Thank you so much, Sarah!

  • Ginger
    November 18, 2014

    Wow! This is so glamorous and well worth all the work that went into it! Beautiful coat!

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Thank you so much, Sonja! 😀

  • Fiona
    November 18, 2014

    You look amazing in this! It’s a total work of art and worth all of the painstaking hours you must have put into it. Can’t wait to see it in reality later in the week!

    • Lladybird
      November 18, 2014

      Yess! Thank you so much! Although I don’t know if I’ll be able to bring it to London… it’s a little bulky and not super practical. We’ll see! It’s also BEAUTIFUL, so maybe it should come with me anyway, haha!

  • Sharnae'
    November 20, 2014

    omg I love this coat…I’ll be glad when I become this skilled…