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. symondezyn February 6, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    OMG LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOOVE!!!!! I’m falling all over myself… it’s gorgeous on the outside AND inside… I love every detail, and the embroidered tag is the cherry on the cake… you should be EVER so proud!!!

  2. Tracy February 6, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I love it!! Man that green just pops!!!

    • Tracy February 6, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Also, are those new Clovers you are wearing?

      • LLADYBIRD February 6, 2012 at 11:03 am #

        I wish! They are my first pair made with polyester suiting. I need to make more of these – just haven’t had the time! 🙂

  3. Lisa February 6, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Your coat is so beautiful , you can really see all that effort you put in is worth it. It just looks quality and fits you perfectly

  4. didyoumakethat February 6, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    That’s a great coat! I’ve been dying to see it. Respect on all that interfacing. I love all the details but most of all I love the colour of the lining. Great job! You can go and relax now.

  5. leahfranqui February 6, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Oh my god this is gorgeous! My jaw, it is dropping, and I am salivating with wonder and delight. Lauren, this is dope. It’s so well made and chic and I love the lapels, I want to rub my face against them. Is that weird? Yep. But I can’t help it,your coat makes me want things, things I can never have. Well done, lady, well done.

  6. Debi February 6, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    YIPPPEEEE! It’s FABULOUS! Congrats on another brilliant make! Just love all the details!!

  7. gingermakes February 6, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Yowzers! This is STUNNING! Love the burst of color from the lining! Happy New Coat!!!

  8. Claire (aka Seemane) February 6, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Great coat hun – love the lining especially! 🙂

  9. anastasiawraight February 6, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Sarah February 6, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Wow! your coat is gorgeous, it’s certainly been with all your hard work. I love the green lining too sooo bright. I love it. I think I’m a little bit in love with your tags as well very individual.

  11. Joyatee February 6, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Beautiful!!! You did an amazing job!

  12. Yamie February 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    OMG! Beautiful! WOW!

  13. Trice February 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Your coat looks great. I love the little details. I can’t wait to start working on my winter coat for next winter.

  14. prttynpnk February 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Just lovely! I think that fabric is just too perfect and all your little details just make it so much nicer!

  15. Jill February 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    It’s beautiful! You can definitely tell that extra care and tailoring went into that coat. It has so many special little details that make it look very high quality.

  16. montanachic February 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I have made a coat before so I know how much work goes into them and you did a FABULOUS job. You will wear and love this thing forever, so beautiful.

  17. Katy February 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Amazing! You’re fearless and with brilliant results!

  18. Scruffybadger February 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Stunning! Everything about it is just heaven in a coat. I love the fabric choice actually – both inside & outside- really great combo. All your effort is totally worth it – it seems as if it would be better worn over here where temperatures are rather on the chilly side – I can just imagine snuggling up into its big lapels ….

  19. Kerry February 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Wow, it’s turned out so well. I love the main fabric and the lining is so amazingly bright. Well done!

  20. Janice February 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    It looks great! I love the pictures too.

  21. Anne February 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm #


  22. Rochelle New February 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Oooo that’s one snazzy coat! Looks great! LOVE the lining, and the overall texture.

  23. little betty February 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Great work! I’m hoping to make a winter coat this year and now think a bright constrast lining really is the way to go. Lovely photos. If only we had photographers to help with all of our blog photos!

  24. Marie February 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    Wowzers, this is amazing! I hope I don’t offend you, but it looks shop-bought! Only cause it’s so friggin professional…I’m sure it’s way, way better made than a shop-bought coat!!! You are so talented and I’m constantly inspired by your makes!

  25. Sarah February 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Your coat is fantastic! Def worth the wait.

  26. Cirque Du Bebe February 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Bravo! That colour is superb. I like to steer away from black for fall. Great shape too.

  27. Crystal February 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Beautiful coat with really wonderful details. I just love your label for it.

  28. Angela February 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    That is one lovely coat, good job! Love the colour and texture of your coat but especially the bright green lining and the label!

  29. Montana February 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Oh this is beautiful! Very well done! I’m sure you are so proud, and yes, you may have inspired me to make a coat as well! Now I just have to get my butt in gear!

  30. Renae February 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    That’s gorgeous. I just love your choice of colours.

  31. flutterbygirlcrafting February 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    The finished coat looks lovely – great fabrics and colours 🙂

  32. Sarah W. February 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Wonderful photos! Wonderful coat!

  33. Faye Lewis February 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Your coat is simply gor-ge-ous! I love everything about it.

  34. Sarah February 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    I love your coat especially the contrast between the coat and the lining and the hand stiched label. I plan to make a coat soon for the Australian winter. It will be a lighter weight one as 10-15 degrees C is as cold as it gets where I am. I have some brown tweed fabric but I just have to decide on a lining. I’m thinking teal at the moment.

  35. Bold Wandering February 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    I really like your coat. It looks amazing. I am still struggling to learn how to properly thread my sewing machine, so this is inspiring.

  36. Wendy February 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Love the surprise of the lime green lining. Gorgeous.

  37. SueC56 February 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    This is the second jacket I’ve seen lately. You guys are inspiring me. I’m going to have to learn how to make a coat…maybe next year. 🙂

  38. sallie February 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    just beautiful! i love the bright lining!

  39. Sam February 7, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    Well done it is simply beautiful!!!

  40. Justine February 7, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    Wow it looks amazing! I love the fabric. I’m going to try and start making my first coat for this winter (down under) so seeing other people’s is helping inspire me!

  41. Casey February 7, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    Gorgeous!!!! I am just in love with the lining color. 😀 hehe! I really love the texture of the coating fabric you used–it works with the silhouette so well. It’s been quite warm here too, so all my newly bought coats (the Thrift Fates have been very generous with coat finds this year… 😉 are languishing. Boo.

    Oh, and btw: I know I still owe ya an email! 😉 I haven’t forgotten! 😉

  42. Amanda February 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Well done! This is so obviously a labour of (stylish!) love. And those colours are AWESOME!

  43. mysmichelle February 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    You did a great job, love the label and other awesome details, hate that you wished the cold weather to Nashville 🙂 But I guess I will take some comfort knowing you get to wear your beautiful new coat!

  44. sertyan February 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Wonderful!! Very well made and love the kiwi lining surprise. The embroidered label was a nice touch too. You have certainly been very busy sewing!

  45. wundermary February 8, 2012 at 1:20 am #


  46. fredericaknits February 8, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Beautiful! And I love the lining contrast!

  47. cheesepirate February 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    That is fabulous — your eye for detail (and execution!) is so elegant. Love it!

  48. Becca February 10, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Your coat is beautiful! I’m so jealous! The embroidered tag is the cutest, and the fit is truly perfect.

  49. Masustak eguzkitan February 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Great coat!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!
    To sew a contrasted lining is a great idea, definetely so nice!!!

  50. dapperduds February 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    This is perfection!!!!

  51. 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 🙂

  52. 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!!

  53. 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. 😉

  54. 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!

  55. 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.

  56. 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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