Men’s Classic Pea Coat in Coated Canvas

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

What man (or woman, for that matter) wouldn’t like to own a waxed canvas pea coat?

Waxed canvas outerwear is all the rage these days. But as someone who has owned waxed bags, I have found that they can feel oily and attract lint.  Could I find a good substitute?

On the third floor of Mood Fabrics NYC I found a dark brown coated cotton canvas made in Italy.  I don’t know what it’s coated with—it feels a bit like oil paint but it isn’t stiff or heavy and you can still see the weave of the canvas. It’s waterproof and easy to handle and it stands up to pressing. It seemed perfect for an outerwear project. Editor’s note: We have some waxed and coated fabrics online here; you can also call either of our stores to check on what we have in stock there. The amount of waterproof and water-repellant fabrics we can have on hand varies greatly, so if you ever see one you like, grab it even if you don’t have any immediate plans for use.

I recently purchased a copy of a popular Japanese men’s coat pattern book. It has many classic coat patterns in it; however it’s entirely in Japanese. I chose the pea coat pattern and did my best working from the diagrams and my own experience making outerwear.

The coat has two double welt side pockets, buttoned sleeve tabs, and a notched collar.  I added two inside breast pockets for a wallet and sunglasses.  For lining, I used a soft cotton flannel check from Mood, and for the sleeves I chose a smooth rayon lining.

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

Here’s the result:

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

This coat is a bit lightweight for the coldest winter days, but it’s ideal for layering.  It closely resembles waxed canvas and, in a certain light, even leather! I know it’s going to serve me well.

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.
Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

My next challenge is to make a similar coat in wool tweed.  But first, I have the holidays ahead, which means a few well-earned days off from sewing.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Men's classic pea coat made from Italian waxed canvas bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

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Comments


  • Karen Ailsworth Kinzer
    November 26, 2013

    That’s gorgeous! It fits you so well. Glad to see the finished product.
    So, about those photos…did you spend hours traveling in NYC? the backgrounds are so varied and interesting. My favorite thing about them is the bits of fall colors scattered troughout, like the tail end of the taxi in the photo 4th from the end.

    • Peter
      November 26, 2013

      Thanks, Karen. We just traipse around the neighborhood for 20 minutes or so with the camera on “auto” (and a multiple-frame-per-second setting) and hope for the best! ;)

  • Mary
    November 26, 2013

    I love it! Seriously, I think this is one of my top favs of yours!

  • tanya maile
    November 26, 2013

    Such a beautifully made coat. Outstanding!

  • Genny
    November 26, 2013

    I love it! I think this is one of your greatest hits.

  • mandy
    November 26, 2013

    the coat looks FANTASTIC! :) i love love love it! great job!

  • Jean
    November 26, 2013

    Outstanding work! I like how you styled it with the scarf and cap-great photos. I admire your skill.

  • Ginger
    November 26, 2013

    Wow, this is fabulous. I love the fabric choice, and the classic peacoat look is just gorgeous in a fabric that’s a little less bulky than the usual. I can see why you used a pattern from that book– I was flipping through it in Kinokuniya the other day and was completely inspired. Beautiful work!

  • Jane
    November 26, 2013

    Really sharp! Well done! And such a fun photo shoot!

  • Erica B.
    November 26, 2013

    **GASP!!!** Amazing! I want to make my husband one of these now!

  • Brie
    November 26, 2013

    Wow! You look very dashing and debonaire in your new coat! I think this is my favorite look of yours as well. I love the whole outfit. I wish more men dressed like this.

  • Elizabeth
    November 26, 2013

    I adore your coat. So beautifully made. Love the color on you. Very handsome!

  • K-Line
    November 26, 2013

    Peter – you’re gorgeous!!! I LOVE this coat. So beautifully made. And it suits your style perfectly. Well done.

  • Barbara Dobree
    November 26, 2013

    Well done Peter. How would you clean the coat? Now I think you need Sarai’s new canvas backpack or messenger bag to go with it from Colette Patterns. A good match and an accessory to sew for a change. Looks good and you’re right it almost does look like leather in some of the photos.

  • carolyn roemer
    November 26, 2013

    Your tailoring is so sharp. You must be a compulsive perfectionist. I like the coat very much.

  • Angie
    November 26, 2013

    What a wonderful job! Really impressive!

  • New Ribena
    November 26, 2013

    You did a fantastic job on this one!!!

  • Susan Campbell
    November 26, 2013

    Awesome Peter. Someday I can retire and do more sewing. Keep up the good work.

  • Jane
    November 26, 2013

    Just fabulous, I’ve got a husband and 3 very tall sons who would love this. I’m inspired!

  • Inder
    November 26, 2013

    Wow, Peter! This is FANTASTIC! It may be one of my favorite menswear patterns that you have made up – ever!

  • june Lovell
    November 26, 2013

    chic, chick, shik, i don’t care how you spell/say it: you look elegant in your wonderful creation. love the walking-the-hood outfit: casual, sophisticated (at least to this SoCal eye). thanks for sharing the details, as usual…

  • Lori
    November 26, 2013

    Peter, this is amazing, the details, style and fabric all incredible. You look quite dashing i your new coat, can’t wait to see the wool version. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Mrs K
    November 26, 2013

    Great coat! You did a beautiful job!

  • Manju
    November 26, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful work as ever. Just love the whole thing; the canvas, the flannel the welt pockets. Did you use a special needle and what kind of thread did you use?

    • Peter
      November 26, 2013

      Thank you, Manju. I used mainly Gutermann thread and a size 11 Organ-brand needle. (I did most of this on my vintage Singer 201 straight-stitch machine.)

  • Debbie Iles
    November 26, 2013

    That coat is brilliant! Fabulous fit and I love the fabric and classic style. I wasn’t sure I was going to love it when reading your ealier posts, particularly the fabric, but now I think I need to go give it a go for my hubby.

  • Stephanie
    November 26, 2013

    Gorgeous! I love everything about this coat; I want to make me one (and I am a girrl). Seriously this is a great coat.

  • Pat King
    November 26, 2013

    Absolutely stunning, Peter! I love it – it suits you so well.
    Those buttons are perfect.

  • Ben
    November 26, 2013

    Bravo. Well with the pain.

  • Ben
    November 26, 2013

    er. . . worth the pain.

  • Marie-Noëlle
    November 26, 2013

    Coat of awsomeness ; Marvelous. Bravo !!!!

  • Amanda S.
    November 26, 2013

    This is just.plain.gorgeous! Oh! I so enjoy your mens’ clothing posts because there are practically no men sewing bloggers out there and you always seem to get the perfect fit.

  • frifris
    November 26, 2013

    Oh, this looks soooo cool! I LOVE this. Wow. This is definetely one of my favourite makes from you.
    Suits you so well!! Beautiful pics too, and the perfect cap.
    You’ve outdone yourself, congratulations ;)

  • Mainelydad
    November 26, 2013

    It came out great! You really captured the esthetic of the book. For anyone who’s never seen the book, the photography and the sample coats will make you want every one of them.

  • Dolores
    November 26, 2013

    WOW!

  • Lauren
    November 26, 2013

    Wow, Peter, the coat looks amazing! You have totally going to upstaged my planned peacoat, I reckon :) Awesome work, though, seriously! I gotta get my hands on some of that waxed canvas…

  • Libby
    November 26, 2013

    Sexy, stylish, and stunning from head to toe. Beautiful work!

  • Sandi
    November 26, 2013

    The coat turned out fabulous. The outfit looks great. Peter and Cathy are ridiculously photogenic.
    I think I must check out the Mood website and see if they will ship to Canada.
    Love the look.

  • Diana
    November 26, 2013

    Great looking coat and I love that fabric. Got to check it out.Oh, and you look great in it to .BTW.

  • Graca
    November 26, 2013

    This is one a favourite of all your makes. The the fit is fantastic and you styled it beautifully. Love the sunglasses too.

  • David Coffin
    November 26, 2013

    Smashing! A start to finish success… Bravo.

  • Amy
    November 27, 2013

    What skill to make this without any instructions. You look wonderful!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 27, 2013

    Aren’t we about the same size? Can I have that coat?

  • antony adelaye
    November 27, 2013

    You are so inspiring with your creations…. Just love the suit it fits well, and coiour you have chosen suits you so well.

  • Design Rewind Fashions
    November 27, 2013

    I am in love! That coat is absolutely incredible – a really, really fine job! And to create it without being to read Japanese!!! I bow to you!

  • piakdy
    November 27, 2013

    OMG, so handsome! The Man and the Coat! I better not show this article to my little brother. Else he’ll be after me to make him one too. Stellar work Peter!

  • Alyson
    November 27, 2013

    Fantastic work on the coat. Very handsome and the styling is super-cool!

  • mrsmole
    November 27, 2013

    Dynamite photo shoot and just the most handsome jacket so far! I could have come from a high end designer store…Go Peter!

  • Steve Pauling
    November 27, 2013

    Lookin’ good……. No, GREAT!

  • Becky
    November 27, 2013

    Peter, you just keep getting better and better! I want this coat for ME! Gorgeous combination of pattern and fabric, great tailoring. I am duly impressed.

  • Peg
    November 27, 2013

    Absolutely fabulous, your coat hangs so well, great care taken to produce a great garment.

    Peg x

  • Clio
    November 27, 2013

    Peter, you look so handsome in your coat! And what beautiful details.

  • Tiny
    November 28, 2013

    That coat is awesome!!!!! It looks great on you!!!. My son and daughter would love one. I may need to buy the book. I love that at times it looks like leather.

  • Curry
    November 28, 2013

    A-maa-zing.

    Love menswear. Just a stunning finished coat and the inside!!!? It’s awesome.

  • Kristina
    November 29, 2013

    Wonderful result! How did you draw the pattern pieces? Are there clues for enlarging the drawings in the book? I have a couple Japanese books but haven’t figured out how to make the patterns. Maybe draw on the fabric??? You made so many great choices on this coat! The flannel lining is a great combination with the lighter shell, looks perfectly comfy and versatile too.

  • Peter
    November 29, 2013

    Kristina, you trace the pattern pieces off one of two huge sheets that come with the book (like a Burda magazine). They’re sized S, M, L, XL. (I traced the Medium)

  • Amy
    November 30, 2013

    Gorgeous coat! I am so impressed. The fabric was a great choice, and the implementation of the pattern is fabulous. I’m glad you gave that Japanese pattern book a go!

  • Celeste
    November 30, 2013

    what a BEAUTIFUL coat. I just couldn’t not comment. It looks amazing on you….perfect in fact. Now I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate something like this into my wardrobe.

  • Candyce Nicole
    December 1, 2013

    Peter, what an incredible coat! You look smashing.

  • janaki
    December 1, 2013

    great coat. look forward to seeing it in tweed!

  • Carolyn
    December 2, 2013

    OMG! How did I miss this?! The coat is amazing! Peter you did an awesome job on it!

  • Jess
    December 3, 2013

    Great job, that inner welt is just stunning! Can you link to the book?

  • Peter
    December 3, 2013

    Do a search on Etsy for “Men’s Japanese Coat Pattern.”

  • Beverly
    December 3, 2013

    OMG!! Peter, it’s lovely! I think this is my favorite thing you’ve ever made. And the photography is really fantastic. You’re givine Cathy a run for her money on this one and that’s not an easy thing to do! :)