Vintage Christian Dior Mohair Coat!

Vintage Vogue 1023 - Vogue Paris Original: 1970s Christian Dior Coat. Mohair Fabric from Mood Fabrics - Erica Bs DIY Style!
Every year I make a coat.  It’s something that I look forward to and I’m always excited when I plan my project.  For the longest time, I’ve had this gorgeous vintage Vogue Paris Original (#1023) – 1970s Christian Dior coat in my collection.  But I had never been able to find the perfect fabric.  I wanted something “fuzzy”, just like the pattern envelope.
And I found fabric that was absolute perfection.  This heathered gray fuzzy mohair-blend from Mood Fabrics just epitomized everything I was looking for.  And as a plus, it was gray.  I am completing all the neutral outerwear colors in my wardrobe and then I’ll start of the fun colors!
Vintage Vogue 1023 - Vogue Paris Original: 1970s Christian Dior Coat. Mohair Fabric from Mood Fabrics - Erica Bs DIY Style!
This is my first foray into the truly vintage patterns arena.  I’ve done “older” patterns, but nothing as old as this one.  This pattern came in only one size.  And I bought it in a 14.  If I were purchasing it now, I would’ve bought a 12.  But I’m happy with the sizing because it leaves enough wearing room to wear this coat over a suit if needed.
Vintage Vogue 1023 - Vogue Paris Original: 1970s Christian Dior Coat. Mohair Fabric from Mood Fabrics - Erica Bs DIY Style!
The only alterations I made to the pattern pieces were adding length… my usual.  And I also wanted to make sure this was a full-length coat — on me!  I wanted another coat that would be just as long or longer than skirts or dresses.  I hate when a coat is slightly shorter. I added 3 inches to the length of the coat.  And I added an inch to the sleeve length.
Vintage Vogue 1023 - Vogue Paris Original: 1970s Christian Dior Coat. Mohair Fabric from Mood Fabrics - Erica Bs DIY Style!
Even though I would normally tailor a coat anyway, I felt so lucky that this pattern is so comprehensive.  It came with its own tailoring instructions and pattern pieces for all of the interfacing.  How awesome is that?!  And why don’t modern coat patterns come with such details?  McCall Pattern Company?  Simplicity?  Anybody?  These instructions were so easy to interpret that if you’re attempting your first coat, you could easily achieve amazing results with this one.  One thing about the convenience of having all of the pieces included is that it saved me hours on creating interfacing pattern pieces from scratch.  I felt like I was getting a coat making course just from the instructions.
Vintage Vogue 1023 - Vogue Paris Original: 1970s Christian Dior Coat. Mohair Fabric from Mood Fabrics - Erica Bs DIY Style!
For my coat, I blocked interfaced the entire yardage before cutting.  Even though this fabric is of a heavier weight, it’s still very drapey.  And I needed for the body to be sturdier.  I found that a size 100/16 needle worked best for this fabric and sewing through all of the layers.  And it also made topstitching a lot easier with my heavy weight thread.
Vintage Vogue 1023 - Vogue Paris Original: 1970s Christian Dior Coat. Mohair Fabric from Mood Fabrics - Erica Bs DIY Style!
My lining fabric is crepe back satin from my stash that looks and feels really luxurious.
Vintage Vogue 1023 - Vogue Paris Original: 1970s Christian Dior Coat. Mohair Fabric from Mood Fabrics - Erica Bs DIY Style!
I thought I was head over heels in love with my camel hair coat from last year.  But I believe I have a new love… until next time!
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Comments


  • carolyn roemer
    December 17, 2014

    Just a lovely coat. All the top stitching looks so good. I’m going to go to a 16 needle for top stitching. Thanks for the tip. I usually avoid top stitching; I have so much trouble with it.

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • Lori
    December 17, 2014

    Erica, this coat is stunning and your did such a beautiful job. I bet you love going into your closet and having such gorgeous coats to pick from. Great job.

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      I do Lori! And it’s been cool enough to enjoy them this year. Thanks!

  • Christy
    December 17, 2014

    Oh man! I love this so much!! Great pattern and fabric selection. You look Amazing!!

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Thanks Christy!

  • anne jewell
    December 17, 2014

    ooh, erica–what a terrific coat! my compliments!–anne

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Thanks Anne!

  • Mary Beth
    December 17, 2014

    This is a stunning coat made, a terrific neutral for your wardrobe, Erica. What’s more, it looks deliciously warm. Congrats!

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Thanks Mary Beth and it is very warm!

  • Diana
    December 17, 2014

    I WANT that coat!!

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Thanks Diana!

  • sallie
    December 17, 2014

    Wow Erica. WOW!!! You floored me last year with your camel coat – and you’ve totally done it again! Your coats always look so luxe and classy. That fuzzy mohair is so chic, and the satin lining is just so elegant. I love the shape of this coat and all the cool topstitching. And those directions sound like a dream! Why DON’T modern coat patterns come with all that information!!?!

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Sallie, if only they did. I bet a lot of people wouldn’t be so apprehensive about coat making. Thanks!

  • Bella
    December 17, 2014

    This coat is gorgeous and incredible! Absolutely love the fluffy fabric.

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Thanks Bella!

  • Faye Lewis
    December 17, 2014

    Oh my! You know I am in love with this fluffy coat. It is gorgeous as is all of your work. Such an inspiration – of course it makes me want to copy.

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      You should make one! This fabric is amazing! Thanks Faye!

  • Kimberly
    December 17, 2014

    That is a beauty. Well done.

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Thanks Kimberly!

  • Nancy
    December 17, 2014

    I love, love, love this coat. It looks so sophisticated on you. I wish the pattern were still available.

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      So do I! Thanks Nancy!

  • Hillary
    December 17, 2014

    Erica, you are just fabulous. You were one of my inspirations when I began sewing again. This coat…..no words;)

    I have my own cobalt and coffee fluffy mohair in the stash, I’ve been flummoxed pattern wise. No Longer! Thank you!

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Thank you so much Hillary!

  • Levone
    December 17, 2014

    Your work is always top notch but I am always amazed at your coat making skills! I inspire to be this good one day. Beautiful coat!

    • Erica B.
      December 17, 2014

      Thanks Levone!

  • Hoosiermama
    December 17, 2014

    What did you use for your belt? Self-fabric tie belts often bother me because they seem bathrobe-y. Yours seems to have solved this problem.

    • Erica B.
      December 18, 2014

      I used black woven belting and painted it gray. Thanks Hoosiermama!

  • Nicole
    December 18, 2014

    What a great coat! It looks super warm and fuzzy. I am almost finished with my second coat this year, they are fun to make!

    • Erica B.
      December 18, 2014

      They are fun to make Nicole! I’ll be starting my next coat as soon as my fabric arrives! Thanks!

  • Sarah - Fabric Tragic
    December 18, 2014

    Chic and beautiful. Such a beautiful coat.

    • Erica B.
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Male Pattern Boldness
    December 18, 2014

    Oh, Erica, this is glorious — a fabulous coat. What a fantastic pattern/fabric choice: I love those old Vogue Paris Originals and your mohair is to-die-for. It looks beautiful on you. (The suede boots are perfection.) Great job!

    • Erica B.
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks Peter!

  • Ginger
    December 18, 2014

    This is beautiful! I love this shape, and it’s perfect in mohair! Great work!

    • Erica B.
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks Ginger!

  • Fiona
    December 18, 2014

    Erica this is STUNNING. Such a beautiful combination of pattern and fabric and you have done a superb job on it. I’m drooling at my computer screen!

  • Amanda S.
    December 18, 2014

    That is one gorgeous coat, Erica!

  • DebB
    December 22, 2014

    Beautiful, beautiful coat! It looks amazing on you. This is the perfect reminder that true style never goes out of fashion!

  • Laura Casey
    December 23, 2014

    Oh what a coat! Love it! Classic with lots of style! Scared to death to make a coat…..but maybe next year…..love your stuff…have been admiring from afar for years.
    Laura