Which Statement Coat do you prefer?

Haven’t had much time to sew this week, sadly! Between work and running around, my floral projects have been on hold until I get a free evening. So I’ve been daydreaming about the Statement Coat, one of the items on my Top 10 Sewing Projects for 2010 list. And even though it’s spring – and therefore summer-sandals-and-lightweight-coat season is just around the corner – I’m still thinking about the coat.

This coat, I’m considering – Vogue Patterns 8465. Best part about it, besides the dramatic wide collar and the skirt-like flared silhouette?

No buttonholes! Buttonholes are my enemy, there’s nothing worse than finishing a fully lined coat, and having your machine gobble up the front edge where the buttonhole was supposed to be.

Although, I have to admit that feeling is based on my past experience, when I was younger and impatient.

Now I know how to do bound buttonholes and hand buttonholes, and am (slightly) more patient when it comes to sewing.

Mostly, I know that if I plan to write about it or photograph anything I make, I want it to be perfect. Thanks, readers, for making me a better seamstress!

I’ve picked a stunning turquoise blue wool for the coat with a cool satin lining. I scored an amazing deal too – it was in the clearance section of Fabricana for $6/metre!

What do you think? Does it say statement coat to you?

Although, I also think Lady Grey from Colette Patterns would be gorgeous in turquoise wool. The more I look at it, the more I think it might be the perfect style for this fabric.

I love the wide belt and oversize collar, and it also has the flared skirt silhouette I’m looking for. Plus for some reason, the Lady Grey coat is more timeless to me. I am concerned that Vogue 8465 might be too much and I’ll get tired of looking at the details (and fussing with the loop-and-button closure.) And I’m not supremely tall, so a long turquoise coat might be overwhelming!

What do you think? Leave me your pick in the comments below!

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7 Responses to Which Statement Coat do you prefer?

  1. Erica March 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    I would say go with the Lady Grey coat. I had a coat made this past winter that I thought I would like (at the time I did) and it had a large collar that annoyed me later on. It comes down to this…which would you wear more often and with more of items already in your wardrobe? Here is a link to a Lady Grey coat that Sunni made in a similar but more teal color than yours.


    Hopes this inspires you in your decision either way! Good luck!

  2. sofia March 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    I agree. I almost bought that Vogue one, but resisted only because really, are you going to wear it that open? It would look odd if you piled a scarf on. It needs to have an open neck, and I just found it slightly…meh. So the other one, for sure. Also, reminds me of my FAVOURITE: http://media.photobucket.com/image/carrie%20blue%20coat/alteregobkk/ep94_carrie_bookstore.jpg. The shape is more classic and may suit the colour more.


  3. Tasia March 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Thanks Erica for the link! Her coat looks really great in the blue colour and it’s very flattering. I was leaning toward the Lady Grey coat too, and will probably make that one.
    Sofia, thanks for your opinion as well! Agreed, the Lady Grey coat would look better with a scarf, and the overall look is more classic. I’ve already ordered it so I can get started as soon as it arrives. Yay!

  4. Serendipity Handmade March 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    By far I prefer the Lady Grey from Colette patterns, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my first name. :-) I agree that it is more timeless…the turquoise color of the fabric is fabulous, but it isn’t going to be in “vogue” every season as color palettes change constantly. I think if you sewed the Vogue you would become tired of both the color and the trendy design. With the Lady Grey you have a classic style in a “fun” color that can be worn always. I see you’ve already ordered — I can’t wait to see it when you’ve finished!

  5. lsaspacey April 14, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    I actually prefer the Vogue pattern. I think that most definitely is a STATEMENT coat. I do love the Lady Grey but it isn’t as unique, is it? About the collar, that Vogue collar can always be pulled upwards and secured with a fabulous broach. Just try to keep the collar construction more drapey than stiff (perhaps eliminate any interfacing). It also would look great with one of those cowl/tube scarfs, like this one.

  6. learningnewtricks July 21, 2010 at 11:43 am #

    Make the Colette Lady Grey coat now, and later the Vogue statement coat. Why limit yourself to just one coat!!! The Lady Grey is also one I hope to make when my sewing skills improve. Plus a scarf would nicely accent the Lady Grey, Since this post is from March, I assume you already make the Lady Grey.


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