Hot Pink Wool Coat

I am not fond of winter. Having lived my entire life in south Texas, I am a winter wimp. The only thing I do like about cold weather is the reason to wear cute outerwear. For the past 3 or 4 years I have purchased a coat in January after they are all put on sale, and have the standard colors of beige, black and white. (Also yellow, but that’s not exactly a standard color.) This year I decided to try my hand at making one in a bright hue. I swatched this bright pink and purple checked wool from Mood Fabrics and fell in love with its texture and weight.

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I chose Vogue 8933 because it has simple lines and wouldn’t cut up the large squares of my fabric too much. I really liked the angled fronts of this design as well as the asymmetrical closing and welt pockets. I had to cut the collar way down as I feel chocked in high necklines. The back collar is 2″ high, so I believe it was reduced by at least 2.5″. As drafted, the collar of this coat is super tall. The overlap was also very wide, so I trimmed it down on both sides as well. I did that on the fly, though, and just eyeballed it to what I thought would look good.

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Another fun thing about this pattern is the ability to wear it in different ways. I can snap it all the way up on cold days when I want my neck to stay warm or unsnap the top when I want more of a casual look. And I LOVE the pockets! I finally conquered my fear of making welts and am so proud of these. This pattern does include side pockets so you can choose which ones you want to undertake. I chose the welt pockets to add a bit of interest.

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I cut a straight size 12, my usual Vogue size, and made no alterations for fit. The only changes I did make, other then the collar, were to interface the welt area on the coat, leave off the interfacing on the actual welt flaps and omit the topstitching. I also added 1/4″ shoulder pads. I cut the fabric in a single layer in order to match the lines horizontally and vertically, and I cut the backs so that they would have the same size squares down the center seam.

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Typically, when working with wool fabrics, I’ll throw them in the dryer with a damp towel and dry on hot. I forgot to do that this time until after it was all cut out. Happily, when I tested a square with my high powered steam iron, it did not shrink. This fabric has a black webbing on the underside which makes it not ravel as easily as other textured coatings I’ve worked with.

Dressform pictures:

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Here you can see the texture of the fabric better. The website calls the color of the lines grayhound but I found them more of a lavender.

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I love the look of these giant snaps but they always take forever to sew on. I did my own thing when placing them on the coat. The directions call for hooks and eyes at the top of the collar which I ignored. Also, since I changed the size of the collar, I had to position the other ones so that the front would fall open nicely when the top snap was undone.

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I used a lavender viscose lining for the interior, also from Mood. It’s a little thicker then ambiance and I thought it would be good for a coat. All the hems were done by hand which I actually really enjoy.

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This is the first coat I’ve ever made and I’m thrilled with the results. I’m not a huge pink lover but this hot pink is such a happy color. If I have to put up with the cold I might as well do so in something that makes me smile.

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Comments


  • Peter
    January 21, 2015

    Wow — this is gorgeous, Amanda. Such beautiful fabric and amazing craftsmanship. It looks fantastic on you. Great job!

  • Lori
    January 21, 2015

    Amanda, your coat is stunning. All the perfection in matching and construction is just over the top and this is such a pretty color on you.

  • Angela
    January 21, 2015

    Love! Love! Love! Absolutely stunning

  • Denise
    January 21, 2015

    That is AWESOME :)

  • carolyn roemer
    January 21, 2015

    Just lovely. I always find matching lines a pain in the neck. But you have made a lovely high end coat look even better by perfect matching.

  • Susie in MO
    January 21, 2015

    Gorgeous!!!

  • Lusty
    January 21, 2015

    Stunning! I love the clean lines and your attention to detail on all the pattern matching, even with the crossover in front. And the fabric! Swoon!

  • Christy
    January 21, 2015

    Wow! Awesome pattern matching and I love how neat and well fitted it looks! Fantastic sewing!!

    • Thanks Christy! I didn’t muslin, but hoped for the best. The fabric has a bit of drape, especially in a coat that is knee length without a lot of seams, and hugs the body well.

  • DebB
    January 21, 2015

    Your coat is absolutely lovely! What a beautiful way to showcase your workmanship. Your adjustments to the pattern made the proportions perfect for you. Well done!

    • Thank you Deb! Now that I’ve got the collar situation figured out, I plan to make it again in the shorter view with leather sleeves.

  • oonaballoona
    January 21, 2015

    e.x.q.u.i.s.i.t.e.

  • Mary Beth
    January 21, 2015

    I think I could go for this…especially since it “splits” in the front making it easier for curvy types to wear.

    • Definitely make yourself one! It’s a simple pattern that I think would look great on a variety of body shapes. Thanks Mary Beth!

  • True Bias
    January 21, 2015

    this is gorgeous! it looks so professional and perfect. the fit is spot on. well done!

  • marsha
    January 21, 2015

    Your version is sooo much better than the original! Gorgeous job!

  • Carol S
    January 21, 2015

    Fabulous coat and a terrific sewing job. Pink is my favorite coat color. Works so well with grey, black and navy, all my bottom colors.

    • I think I’m a new convert. I’ve been hunting through my stash for more vibrant pinks. Thanks Carol!

  • justine
    January 22, 2015

    So so pretty and we’ll crafted!

  • Katie
    January 22, 2015

    That coat is gorgeous. The fabric is beautiful, the pattern matching really well done you look so stunning wearing it.

  • Sarah - Fabric Tragic
    January 22, 2015

    It’s gorgeous. So impressed by the vertical pattern matching across the front! Colours great on you!

    • Well, that was a happy accident. I used the lines printed on the pattern to get my fabric on grain and match the lines horizontally, and didn’t give any thought to the fronts. It worked out though. Thanks Sarah!

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 22, 2015

    This is beautiful, Amanda! I want that coat – LOVE the fabric choice, and am always impressed with your workmanship. :)

    • You should make one for yourself! I think this bright pink would look beautiful on you. Thanks Sarah!

  • sallie
    January 22, 2015

    Amanda this is FANTASTIC!!! I made this pattern up last year and I wear that coat all the time – it’s a surprisingly great pattern! I love the changes that you made to the collar to make it suit you better – it definitely streamlines the design, which looks so chic in that pink checked wool. And as always, your technique is impeccable.

    • I’m going to have to hunt through your blog to see your version. And you’re right, it is a surprisingly good pattern. I want to make the shorter version with leather sleeves too. Thank you Sallie!

  • Ginger
    January 22, 2015

    WOW! This looks amazing on you! The color really packs a punch and this shape is perfect to show off the checks. Fantastic work! Your welt pockets look great! They’re so scary to make but yours really look awesome.

    • Thanks Sonja! I have ALWAYS been scared of welts, especially the ones with the tiny “lips”. This time I used some fusable interfacing on the underside of the coating to put my markings on and that helped a lot to keep my stitches perfectly straight.

  • Lauren
    January 22, 2015

    LOOOOVE this so much! I’m not really a pink wearer myself, but I’ve always wanted a pink coat. This looks SO good on you – the color is great (it really makes you glow! Well, I think you always glow, so maybe it just makes you glow more than normal :) ), and that shape is amazing. Definitely keeps it from looking too sweet and princessy :) Awesome job!

  • Kathleen
    January 24, 2015

    Congratulations, perfection! looks so great on you

    • Amanda S.
      January 25, 2015

      Thank you Kathleen!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    January 25, 2015

    wow this is GORGEOUS – I think my favourite thing you have ever made. Just lovely.

    • Amanda S.
      January 25, 2015

      Thanks so much Lizzy!

  • Amy
    January 27, 2015

    Gorgeous! I’d actually saved this fabric to one of my Mood Boards, and I’m so excited to see it used so well. Your pattern matching is impeccable. I have a ready-to-wear pink coat that I always reach for when I’m going out. It’s so easy to find in a coat room, too, which are typically a sea of black!

  • Eric Sauma
    January 28, 2015

    Really well done Amanda!!! The way you matched the plaid and your attention to detail is A+! Keep up the great work!

  • Fiona
    January 31, 2015

    I absolutely love the shape of this on you Amanda! Also hot pink is a great colour on you, that’s a stunning fabric! You’ve done a really beautiful job on this. I’ve been looking for a coat pattern for a while but had overlooked this one, it now might be a contender as that asymmetric front is just gorgeous!

    • Amanda S.
      January 31, 2015

      Thank you very much! This is a great pattern for a busy fabric. For solids I love all the Marfy coat designs. Have you checked those out yet?

  • chrs
    February 5, 2015

    Oh my! Your coat is stunning and such a gorgeous color. I was most excited when I saw your post because I was making the jacket view of this very same pattern. I even bought the exact same snaps. I just finished sewing them onto the jacket and am surprised that they are visible from the left side view. I have not sewn with snaps before, and I guess I imagined the overlap would be flush with the jacket. Is this apparent on your coat too? I thought they would be invisible. What do you think?

    • Amanda S.
      February 8, 2015

      Well, if you look closely at the left side view on my dressform, I guess you can see a bit of the snap in between the fabric. Maybe if you moved your snaps away from the opening edge they wouldn’t be as noticeable? What is visible didn’t bother me on mine. Good luck and thanks for the compliments!

  • Cennetta
    February 5, 2015

    Amanda, Your coat is gorgeous. I’ve looked at all the photos several times just to see the superb craftsmanship. You are certainly one of my favorite style/sewing bloggers. Always a pleasure.

    • Amanda S.
      February 8, 2015

      Thanks so much Cennetta!!!

  • Ruthe Ploskunyak
    February 8, 2015

    Very, very beautiful job. Exquisite matching of the plaid, and impeccable sewing.

    • Amanda S.
      February 11, 2015

      Thank you Ruthe!