The Louisa Coat

This will be a very picture-heavy post, simply because I LOVE this coat. Since I have so many pictures, I will have a separate post up in the next few days about the pattern and construction process.

Technically this was a muslin, and there are several things I will change about the pattern after making this coat, but I hope you’ll agree that this is a very wearable muslin.

Looks good open, too

The material is actually a vintage double-knit that I found at a thrift store several years ago. The pattern in the fabric is perfect for a coat. At first, I chose the material because there was plenty of it and I didn’t have plans for it otherwise. However, once I started cutting it out, I realized how perfect the material was for a coat.

I love that I can do different things with the collar, depending on how I button it.

I like a lot of room in my sleeves, but I seem to have overcompensated. I’ll definitely fix the pattern so that the sleeves aren’t so big.

The design is based on a well-worn and well-loved coat that I have had for several years.

This isn’t the best picture, but you get the idea. It’s so well-loved that there are buttons missing.

When making the pattern, there were several things that I had to change, including making it just a tad bigger (the store-bought one was an extra-small) because I wanted to be able to wear layers underneath it. There were a few other design changes like the collar size, the pocket size (I could hardly fit my hands in the store-bought coat pockets), the sleeve width and length, and a few other design details. More information about that in my next post. Anyway, I think this project is a total success.


The coat is comfy and cute, and I’ll be wearing it a lot. I’ve wanted an off-white coat for years, and now I have one. It took many hours to reach completion of this coat, but it was well worth it. Call me crazy, but I’m ready to do it again. It’s so rewarding when you put so much time and effort into something and you finally finish it. There are changes I’ll be making to the pattern (more details in the next post), and I have a variation that I’d like to try, as well. When I look at the inside of the coat, I find myself brimming with happiness. I even have a hanging loop and a tag with my old logo on it.

The shirt that I’m wearing with the coat is also sewn by me. It was a nice quick project. The bow has green polka dots on it. πŸ™‚

It stands out against the fall colors


In the next post, I’ll show you the details of the construction.

  1. Sarah Lewis

    November 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Soooooooooooooo lovely!! You look gorgeous and the coat is classic!! Your Aunt Anne is going to be thrilles to see this creation!! Love you!!

    1. Becca

      November 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you! I agree, the coat is a classic design. I think it definitely has a retro flair to it. I hope aunt Anne likes it. πŸ™‚ Having the approval of such an accomplished seamstress would be wonderful. Love you, too!

  2. Janice

    November 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I love this coat!! Wonderful job!

  3. Michelle

    November 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Beautiful! I want one!

    1. Becca

      November 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks, and I’ll keep that in mind. πŸ™‚

  4. Laura

    November 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    You are so creative, so talented and so beautiful! I love it, great job!!

    1. Becca

      November 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you so much! You’re always so sweet and encouraging to me, and it means a lot. Love you!

  5. GA

    November 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Good job Reb!!!! Love your coat but love you more. I am so glad you love to sew, it is so rewarding and creative.

    1. Becca

      November 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you! Love you, too! I am so appreciative that you and my mom introduced me to sewing. Designing and sewing is definitely a big part of my life, and it is an important creative outlet.

  6. Kelly

    November 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Becca!!! It’s fantastic! Excellent job. I love the style. Looks great on you.

    1. Becca

      November 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you! πŸ™‚


    November 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

    OMG BECCA! This looks sooo perfect on you! That off-white looks really good with your skin and blonde hair – and that shape is seriously super flattering. I only wish you’d have used a commercial pattern, because I want to rip you off and now I can’t haha πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see your final make! Although that’s a pretty great wearable muslin. The only thing I would suggest (from strictly a design standpoint) is to maybe put something over the back waistline seam – like a bow or one of those tailored belts that buttons on. Of course it looks great as is too! I just like back details πŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      November 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you, girl! Unfortunately, I didn’t use a commercial pattern. But, I may have something in the works for the future, as far as the pattern goes. πŸ˜‰

      I ABSOLUTELY agree with you about the design detail in the back. I am definitely adding something to future versions. The details are what really make a piece of clothing. Now I’m looking at the back of the coat in disappointment. Ha! Stink! If only I’d had enough fabric for a cute bow. :/

  8. Trinity

    November 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Absolutely lovely! The pattern and the color are both perfect for you. Nice job!

    1. Becca

      November 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you, so much!


    November 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Beautiful coat! And I love the lining fabric. It adds to the vintage feel of the coat fabric. Thanks for sharing.
    Donna @

    1. Becca

      November 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you noticed the fun lining. The lining is one of my favorite things about the coat. πŸ™‚ I agree that everything about this coat has a vintage, retro flair.

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  11. Andrea from

    November 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Love it! A very wearable muslin. That fabric looks fabulous.

    1. Becca

      November 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you! I love the fabric, too. Finding unique vintage fabrics at thrift stores and estate sales is one of the things that brings me the most joy in life. Ha! πŸ™‚

  12. Charity

    November 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    This coat is just beautiful! Love the princess seams and the collar. And now I NEED to mimic this for myself. =) Cute shoes too!

    1. Becca

      November 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you! Princess seams are great because they’re so universally flattering. Those are one of my favorite pairs of shoes. πŸ™‚

  13. diya

    November 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I am in love with this coat !!

    1. Becca

      November 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  14. Aunt Anne

    November 18, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I do love it, Becca! It looks stunning on you! So perfect just for you. Even Uncle Dick says you are a good model as well as seamstress. Inspires me to do the same but………………

    1. Becca

      November 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Aunt Anne! I’m glad to hear that such an accomplished seamstress likes it. You are both very sweet. You should! I know from seeing some of your old clothing in person that you sew beautiful clothing. Sew some clothing and show off your hard work! πŸ™‚

  15. Nothy

    November 23, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Oh! Your coat is amazing. I love the fabric! I am really looking forward to seeing some construction tips…

    1. Becca

      November 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you! There may be a pattern available at some point in the future. πŸ™‚

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