The Big Reveal – The Fabiani Coat!

6 Feb

Finally! I get to show off my new coat! 🙂

Coat front
Notice anything different (aka: good) about the pictures? Yeah, it’s because I didn’t take them! Ha! These were all shot by Sarah McDonald – aren’t they gorgeous!?

Quick details recap-
Pattern: Vogue 2925 (Thank you, Molly!)
Fabric: Coating – Sea Green Solid Coating (Thank you, Tracy!!); Lining – Bemberg Rayon Ambiance Lining in Kiwi
Notions Used: Horsehair interfacing, fusible interfacing, silk thread, self-covered buttons (made to order, yeehaw!), and the tiniest piece of silk organza.
I didn’t initially intend on this, but I guess this actually ties in quite nicely with Sew Grateful Week – showing my thanks for this pattern, fabric, and the pictures! Yay!

What else is there to say about this coat? It was definitely a task, although it went together much faster than my first coat – I guess I had enough practice to better understand what I was doing 🙂


Coat - side
I am REALLY pleased with how it turned out! The coat is so warm & snuggly – too bad it’s been 60* (that’s 15* for all you non-Americans :P), and thus too warm to wear a coat! Ah, well, maybe I’ll go on a short vacation somewhere cold. Ha!

Coat back
Pretty much the whole thing is interfaced – in addition to the interfacing already fused to the fabric (which definitely gave it a nice hand and made it really easy to handle), I used horsehair interfacing on the front pieces & on the collar/lapels. The hem & sleeves are interfaced with a lightweight fusible that was cut on the bias. This coat is nice and heavy!

lining peek
There are snaps under the fake buttons to keep everything in it’s proper place.

Oh, yeah, and the lining is pretty freakin’ bright!

Top stitching
I love how the top-stitching turned out and I’m really pleased with my buttons. I tacked the spare on the inside by the hem, but forgot to take a picture of it. Sorry 😦

Tag :3
Here’s my tag!

And some flat shots – sorry these pictures are awwwwful, lol you can definitely tell I took them.

Coat - button backs
The functioning buttons are backed with small buttons – partially to keep them on the coat, and partially to cover the ugly threads on the lining :B

Coat - feather stitched lining pleat
I tacked the lining pleat down with feather stitches, as originally suggested by Gertie.

Coat - buttonholes & top stitching
Bound button holes

Coat - label
Here’s another label shot. It’s hand-embroidered on bleached muslin & then catch-stitched down to the lining. I sewed everything in after the coat was finished, which was a bad idea… very difficult to get everything in there! Next time, I will sew the label in while the coat is still being assembled.

Coat front
So yep, that’s my coat! I hope these pictures were worth the wait 🙂 Hehe!
Thanks again for all your patience/input/contributions – and thank you Sarah for taking these amazing pictures!

Soooo, now that that’s over… have I inspired anyone else to make a coat yet? 🙂


61 Responses to “The Big Reveal – The Fabiani Coat!”

  1. PatternVault February 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Wow! What a beautiful job, and I love the lining. I have a couple early Seventies, Vogue designer coat patterns that I hope to make someday, when I can summon the courage.. I will be checking your posts for tips 🙂

  2. atelierfargo February 11, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Absolutely adore it! Gorgeous work!! I own this pattern too- when I bought it was with idea that I would hybridize/frankenpattern with Lady Grey, aspects I love so much about each.. but of course easier said. I loved your Lady Grey so much too, I had to go back and check to make sure it was the one I was remembering – yep, the minty one- sooo good!!

  3. StephC February 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    1- This color is amazing on you. Amazing. You should never wear anything else! 😉

    2- Love this coat. You did such a gorgeous job, it shows in every photo. I love it.

    I may or may not be having fantasies of pinching your coat… Lucky for you there’s an ocean between us. 😉

  4. Megan February 13, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    That is such a fabulous coat! The lining is just incredible, and the amount of detail that went into this is amazing. You should be so proud to have made this!

  5. theperfectnose February 16, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    That is spectacular. Love the massive lapels. The colour of the lining is my favourite bit though.

  6. Sorcha April 10, 2017 at 5:48 am #

    Hello, I love your coat and reading the story behind the original was fascinating!
    I am making a Fabiani coat too and am almost finished- I found your article by googling it.
    The Heidi-esque coat is Vogue Basic Design 2765. I have it and it is a gorgeous pattern showing 4 different coat options- I prefer version C though!


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