Glam 70’s Wrap Coat: Vogue 2412

My favourite era for fashion has always been the 50’s and 60’s because of the full skirted dresses and defined waists! But if you look at coat patterns from that era, most were cut straight up and down, with little or no waist definition. Quite the contrast to figure-hugging ‘wiggle’ dresses or full-skirted hourglass shapes!

When I was looking for coat inspiration for this fabric, I found myself leaning towards dramatic collars, wrap styles and belted, defined waists on long coats – features you find in seventies coat patterns! And then I started thinking of other fall styles on my mind. I’ve been searching for the perfect chocolate brown floppy felt hat – also very seventies! I love a good vest (like my Simplicity 2556 glencheck vest), and the most flattering pants and jeans on me are cut with a flared leg. The more I think of it, the more I realize I do like seventies fashion! Tie-neck blouses, vests – even the Lonsdale dress has a seventies-sundress vibe.

So this pattern worked perfectly into my Fall plan! My favourite cover model is the middle one with the faux-fur collar. It’s so glamorous and cosy-looking!

And remember the fabric? It was an awesome Christmas present from last year, that I can’t wait to wear and love this fall!

Pretty! I think this fabric will suit the wrap style, plus there are no buttons or buttonholes to worry about. Not that I tried to avoid buttonholes but it does means I’ll finish  the coat faster! Someone in the comments of my first coat post said wrap coats can look like a bathrobe – I’m really hoping that’s not the case. (That’s why I’ll most definitely be making a muslin for this project!)

What do you think of the patch pockets – yay or nay? I’m on the fence. Do you think they’ll draw too much attention to the hips, or blend in to all the texture and colour? Again, that’s why it’s a good reason to make a muslin – it’s a chance to check design details as well as fit!

That’s my big fall personal-sewing project – fabric is ready, pattern chosen! The pattern just arrived yesterday, so I’m excited to get started and see if the muslin looks as good as it does in my imagination. I can’t wait to open up the pattern and read through the instructions, and see what all the pieces look like! The fun part about big projects is that once you’ve settled on the design, it’s easy to come up with small projects to match. I see a brown skirt, a teal knit cap, a cream scarf – so many possibilities!

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29 Responses to Glam 70’s Wrap Coat: Vogue 2412

  1. Katy Rose September 22, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    Yes Patch pockets and FUR, royal blue with black mixed in to match the print….Removable of course!

  2. Portia September 22, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Ooooh I’d say deep pockets are a MUST on a winter coat, an as you say, they’ll blend in enough due to the pattern/texture so as not to draw unwanted attention. In any case they’ll be perfectly balanced out by the large collar, and in combination will make the waist look even more cinched by comparison. Win win! Can’t wait to see!

  3. Becky September 22, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I vote yes to the patch pockets. It’s hard to tell for sure without actually seeing the fabric live, but from the photos, it looks like the texture and the print will help them to blend into the overall coat silhouette without adding bulk. It also looks like it will be a fairly easy print to match up, so that will help too. And it’s nice to have pockets in coats for things like if you need to quickly stick your keys or your gloves somewhere you won’t lose them!

    I do have a soft spot for late 60s-70s patterns– I’m kind of a hippie at heart, and the only vintage sewing I’ve ever done was from some jacket and vest patterns my mom still had from the 70s. I don’t have any of the patterns or projects still, since I was in high school at the time and I definitely went up a cup size somewhere in my college years, but I definitely have fond memories of those. I wish I had been taking pictures of my sewing projects back then.

  4. Mary September 22, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Patch pockets? Yes, if you are going to be true to the 70s and with a good pattern match they should fade right in. I love this era as I was a teenager then who sewed all her clothes! Call me when you start making low cut hip hugger wide bells…I was the queen in my platforms!!! I wish I still had all my patterns from back then, um…maybe in a size larger!!! Can’t wait to watch your coat progress!

  5. Katy September 22, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    I like the patch pockets, but then I’m the woman that shoves everything in her coat pockets rather than use a handbag, so perhaps I’m not the one to ask ;o)

  6. Suzie September 22, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Ooo – love that pattern, and like you, I love the fur collar version – so cosy! I know what you mean about worrying if patch pockets would draw too much attention to the hips. Like you, I’m an hour glass so I have to think about those sorts of things too. But I do think they should be ok. But, because they are patch pockets I’m guessing you could probably make the coat up and then pin the pockets on to see if it’s a yay or nay (obvs before you attach the lining).

  7. paisleyapron September 22, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    You definitely will need pockets. Where else can you stick your gloves when your hands get hot? ;) I adore this silhouette. The way to avoid the bathrobe look is to get a really good fit, bathrobes are usually oversized….and they don’t have awesome fur collars! Can’t wait to see the finished coat.

  8. Forrest September 22, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Love it already! I’m having a 70’s and 80’s moment in my sewing right now and after this post I’m really thinking I need this coat!

  9. Kat September 22, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    I also will go with a yey to pockets…perfect for bits and bobs and to keep your hands toasty warm! But then I am always a big fan of the pocket!! The pattern looks great, I can’t wait to follow your progress with it.

  10. Tanit-Isis September 22, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    Realizing how much I like (many) 70s patterns has been quite the head-trip this past year…

    To me, patch pockets + no buttons does seem bathrobe-y, but I imagine it’ll come down to how structured the coat is. The lovely fabric certainly will help counter any potential bathrobe-effect. (Full disclosure: I don’t like patch pockets at the best of times and tend to omit them from everything but my jeans.)

    Have fun! Fall certainly has me itching to make jackets again…

  11. Naomi~ September 22, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    I hear you with regards to coats! My favourite eras are from the 40’s to 60’s (although I do love me some 20’s and 30’s) – but aside from the cute little crop coats…I just don’t dig the large, baggy, shapeless ones. You’re right – it’s really is quite a contrast against the other outfit styles of the era. I just recently purchased a number of 70’s patterns myself because I love the coat styles.

    The collar on that coat is amazing. I really love oversized collars – there’s just something so fabulous about them. I’m just a little worried the patch pockets might push it a little too close to bathrobe style though, and call attention to the hips Maybe diagonal welt pockets would work? If you wanted to stick strictly to the 70’s era, then go for the patch pockets…if you want to modernize it just a touch, I think welt pockets or pockets in the side seams would work well.

    Also, in lieu of not sewing button holes – you should make a faux fur detachable collar for it! That way you can have the best of both worlds!

  12. Seraphinalina September 22, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    I say yes to patch pockets. You’ll be frustrated without somewhere to put your gloves. If it turns out like the plaid version on the pattern, they won’t be too distracting. The suggestion of side welt pockets from Naomi is good too.

    I really like the length of the centre and right versions. Long enough to keep you warm and cover a dress but not so long to get in the way. I think the extended length would be hard on my petite frame and drag in the car.

  13. Annabelle September 22, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Hi Tasia, do you think you could treat this a little like a sew-along? I realize that it won’t be like the sew alongs you do for your patterns – but I love the way that you add tons of tips and tricks in your sew along posts. Having never sewn a coat, but really wanting to, I would love to see some detailed posts from you. Some examples would be seam finishes (by now I know a lot of the different ways to finish seams, but I don’t always know the best choice for certain garments and certain places within the garment). How you choose to line the coat would also make a great post. I am sure there are many other insights you can share with your readers – in any case I am looking forward to seeing your progress on this coat.

  14. Amanda S. September 22, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Well… I really wish you could find a coat pattern that featured darts for shaping instead of having all the shaping come from the tie. You have such a tiny waist that adding in the bulk of folds of heavy wool and lining and the tie belt seems a shame. I love the collar of this design, but not the shapelessness. Sorry to be critical. Your fabric is lovely and I’m excited to see what becomes of it. Just my 2 cents. :)

  15. LinB September 22, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    With that collar, no one is going to mistake your coat for a bathrobe. “Yes, please” to the patch pockets. Hurray for a revival of styles from the 70s — as I recall, it was the nasty polyester and the wild prints of that time that made our clothes laughable in retrospect. The silhouettes were flattering to most people. Except for hip-huggers. Boo to low-rise anything, throughout all time, for any gender or age group, from this corner. Boo.

  16. Caroline September 22, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    But of course it’s going to look like a bathrobe – there’s hardly any difference. But you’re not going to wear a bathrobe out of the house and you’re not going to make it in a gorgeous wool, either. You’re safe. It’s such a GREAT coat pattern! I’ve made a muslin for a pattern like this before (long, heavy, raglan sleeves) and kind of felt like even though I used a really heavy muslin it didn’t help because the type of fabric I used (yes, terry, yes it was a… robe!) relaxed well and ate up all the things I perceived as flaws on the muslin. I think these things are just meant to be a little boxy and slightly crude, a sumptuous fabric like yours will take care of that. Yes on pockets, yes on something really lovely on the lapel when it’s finished.

  17. patsijean September 22, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Once you try on the muslin, you can determine if you need to add fisheye darts to the front and back for a little more fit. I was in my twenties and early thirties in the 70’s. These coats are made to snuggle in and keep one warm. The roominess of these coats were a reaction to some of the more tailored coats of the 50’s and 60’s which did not allow much room for movement or layers and the 70’s were about layers. I’ve been looking for a coat pattern like that as I had a similar coat and wore it to death.

  18. Vicki Kate September 22, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Definitely need pockets, but I’m not a fan of patch pockets. I’d go with the welt or side seam pockets. But that’s just a personal preference. It also depends on how much you intend to jam into them – if it’s just keys and a phone now and then a sleeker pocket will be fine. It if’s going to be pretty much everything then the patch pockets may be better?

    I love Annabelle’s idea of going into the sort of detail you do in your sew alongs. That would be a huge education for me and a great resource for when I get the courage to sew my Lady Grey!

  19. Karin September 22, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Love the drama of the coat pattern you found! I also prefer waist definition and therefor pass by most 50s style coats. I would definitely include the patch pockets. I don’t think they’ll draw too much attention to the hips. They may even visually break up the area. With a gorgeous fur collar, there is no way this will look like a bathrobe.

  20. Doortje September 22, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Definitely yes to pockets, but in my opinion the original ones wouldn’t be really flattering. I’d rather do a welt pockets with a flap and place them at an angle.

  21. Karen September 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I have to de-lurk to share that I own a coat made from this pattern! It was made by my mother in her college days (she majored in “Textiles & Fashion Design” in the 70s) as a final project in her Tailoring class, and I rescued it from storage 4 or 5 winters ago. (Mom even kept the pattern, but the original is still holding up.)

    It’s the warmest coat I own and it DEFINITELY doesn’t look like a bathrobe on. And yes, do the pockets. They’re lovely and big and are just right. :)

  22. Alice September 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    another vote to nix the patch pockets, and a yes vote along with Vicki Kate and Doortje for welt or inseam pockets. Patch – definitely risks moving into bathrobe territory.

  23. Matinee September 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    I’m afraid I am also a no for the pockets. I love pockets and believe everything should have pockets but thigh height patch pockets are just not the friend of a pear shaped girl. Trust me I’ve tried it! Even on the ridiculously tall and slender pattern model your eyes are drawn to the pockets and therefor the thigh area. I think streamlined side pockets would look brilliant and not detract from the gorgeous fabric and your tiny waist.
    PS I want to see the whole jacket, cream scarf, teal hat ensemble!

  24. LunaLoo September 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    I love the big collar and the simplicity but I’m with Vicki Kate, Alice and Matinee.. I’d opt to modernize a bit and hide the pockts in the side seams or do the welt pockets which might minimize the affects of stuffing your hands and other stuff into the pockets.

  25. Gail September 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I love the wide rounded collar on this pattern and your fabric is just plain yummy. I’d do welt pockets – the risk you face with the patch pockets is that it could look a little dressing gownish.

  26. arlene f September 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    I like the idea of a welt pocket on an angle…
    but with your fabric the patch pockets may not be that noticable
    to interupt the flow of the elegant shape of the coat.


  27. Lisette September 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Wow, that’s like my dream pattern! Delicious and the fabric is so awesome. I vote you do pockets set in the side seams.

  28. Meagan September 23, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    Wow Tasia. This fabric is gorgeous and will make an eye-catching coat. Go with the pockets if their is enough fabric to match. You could get a gorgeous fur to add to the collar, I think it would work with the fabric. I have never made a coat but have 2 patterns that I love. Am wanting to try more of a jacket for spring (southern hem) but am just too nervous…I think it’s the sleeve fit. Can’t wait to see your finished wrap coat.

  29. Karin September 30, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Wrap coat, fur collar, gorgeous wool fabric in brown/turquoise/cream (one of my favorite color combinations) – what’s not to like! A wrap coat is actually my favorite shape for a winter coat and I adore fur collars – so cosy. And if you don’t like the pockets on the front, why not put in pockets in the side seams (that’s what my own camel colored, fur collared, wrap winter coat has – shop bought – years ago – needing the lining replaced, urgently).
    Oh, and my preferred length would be the longest one, second from the right, for extra warmth around my legs (I like to wear dresses even in a Swiss winter).
    btw – I actually noticed that pattern a few weeks ago on Etsy when I was browsing for – yes you guessed right – patterns for wrap coats with fur collar. Needless to say I loved it :-)
    Looking very much forward to seeing your finished coat.