Completed: Vogue 1419 (At Last!)

18 Nov

Well, no that the V1419 Ralph Rucci Sewalong has officially wrapped, I guess I can finally show y’all my coat! For those who didn’t catch my post on the Mood Sewing Network yesterday to see my completed coat a day early – your patience is finally being rewarded, including some never-before-seen shots that weren’t included in the original post! How exciting!

Anyway, coat!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

Considering how much I went over the making of this coat at length (see all my posts tagged v1419 here), I won’t be going over the construction so much in this post. If you want more info, feel free to check the tag – or just holler out some questions in the comments (I don’t expect anyone who didn’t actually sew along with the sewalong to have actually read the posts – they were pretty intense, and I find sewalong posts kind of boring if I’m not part of the action, you know? Anyway, snaps to you if you did read the posts! I hope you learned some new coat-making tips and tricks πŸ˜‰ ). Here’s a general rundown of the basic information, for those who are dropping in for the Big Reveal:
Pattern: Vogue 1419
Fabric: From the Mood Fabrics flagship NYC store – I enlisted the help of my favorite Mood dude, George, to assist me in finding my perfect red wool coating – and he knocked it out of the park! This coating is red virgin wool, it’s nice and thick with a great amount of body to give the coat it’s lovely shape. The wool itself is soft and easily malleable (very necessary for all the crazy intersecting seams of this pattern!), and the color is just PERFECT! The pattern itself does not call for lining, but I did add a layer of bright red silk taffeta as an underlining, to help the coat slide on and also as an additional layer of warmth. The contrast (inside binding, bound button holes, belt trim) is also silk taffeta, in a darker red that matches the wool coating. I think it gives a nice bit of textural interest and keeps the coat from being just straight up loud and red. Both silk taffetas were also purchased from the Mood Fabrics store in NYC, and the colors were chosen with the help of George.
Notions: Just thread and buttons! I had my buttons custom-made here in Nashville by a local lady who sells them through Textile Fabrics. Since my coating is SUPER thick (way too thick for those sad little button kits that you can buy), it needed some heavy-duty machinery to get the fabric on. I’ve used this service in the past for previous coat buttons, and the quality is excellent.
Sizing & Alterations: I cut the size 6 and sewed the coat exactly as drafted, except at the waistline where I used a 1/2″ seam allowance instead of the standard 5/8″ (just to give myself a tiny bit of eating room πŸ˜‰ ). I only altered the length – removed 3″ from the hemline and 1″ from the sleeve length.

V1419 Ralph Rucci - Inspiration Watercolor

Here’s my original inspiration, in watercolor πŸ™‚

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

I think it turned out pretty close, if not better! πŸ™‚

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

Don’t you love the photos? These were taken by my friend and fellow knitter, Alannah Arnold, who was almost as excited about this coat as I was! Alannah and I meet with a group of ladies every Monday for a casual (and, um, booze-filled, haha!) knitting night at my favorite local bar. She’s listened to me talk about this coat for weeks at this point – and offered to take photos once it was done. Which is awesome, because they turned out WAY better than anything I could have shot in front of my shed!

I met with her in East Park, in East Nashville, to take these photos. That’s a feat in itself – anyone who knows me, knows I will kick and scream when it comes to crossing the river into East Nashville. Never mind that driving into East Nashville is like driving into Brooklyn – it’s actually not that bad (unless there’s a Titans game – if then, forget about it!), it’s just fun to complain about πŸ™‚ Regardless, East Nashville has the prettiest fall trees, and this park is undeniably beautiful. So, I made some sacrifices (har har) and ended up with a pretty great set of pictures to match my pretty great coat! Yay!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

Ooh, and I even found a Porsche while I was at it πŸ™‚ haha!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

If I haven’t already made it completely obvious – I’m SO happy with my finished coat! Sewing it up was so satisfying, and absolutely worth it. It is very dramatic and theatrical – so it’s a bit excessive for daily wear. I don’t think I’ll be bringing this to London, unfortunately, as it’s definitely not very practical (it’s too fitted to really accommodation multiple layers, plus I could see those bell sleeves getting real annoying real fast after 2 weeks of daily wear). However, it is the PERFECT topper for all these upcoming holiday parties that are just around the corner πŸ˜‰

Let’s also not forget how this is one of few instances where sewing can actually save you money – this coat cost less than $200 in materials, whereas the original designer version has been rumored to run closer to $10,000. Sure, making a little cotton sundress will probably set you back more than whatever you would paid from a mall retailer – but knocking off couture? That’s where the savings really start to show πŸ˜‰

I will leave you with this photo of me, wearing my knock-off designer coat, throwing leaves in front of a rich person’s house. Probably the same person who owns that Porsche, to be honest:
V1419 Ralph Rucci Coat - Completed!

Be sure to check out the McCall Pattern Company blog to see Meg’s completed coat, if you haven’t already done so! Big thumbs up to everyone who participated in the sewalong – and big, huge thanks to Meg for agreeing to cohost this beast of a sewalong alongside me. Couldn’t have done it without you! πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to use the hashtag #V1419sewalong so it will show up on this tagboard. We encourage you to upload your photos to the V1419 Flickr group, the Vogue Patterns Facebook page, and pin it to the Pinterest board

Didn’t join the sewalong but still want to make your own designer Ralph Rucci? Check out my V1419 tag and the McCall Pattern Company Blog for all the posts pertaining to this sewalong. I can’t wait to see everyone’s finished coats!

What do you think? Would you ever tackle a crazy long intense project like a coat? What about THIS coat? Man, I love making coats!

Disclaimer: My pattern was provided to me free of charge from the McCall Pattern Company, and the fabric was provided from Mood Fabrics as part of my monthly allowance for participating in the Mood Sewing Network. Still, I definitely made this entire coat myself – sooo, that should count for something πŸ˜‰


110 Responses to “Completed: Vogue 1419 (At Last!)”

  1. Helen November 18, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Dang, this is gorgeous! I really want to make a coat now…

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

      Do it! Let me be the one to peer pressure you into it πŸ˜€

  2. Friederike November 18, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    It’s really, really cool. What a stunning color! I ordered fabric for making a coat just the day before your sewalong announcement, but the decision has already been for a different pattern, unfortunately. Now I will have a look at all the wonderful coats popping up on Pinterest and Flickr and I will take it as a motivation to finish my own coat soon. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      Any handmade coat is a good one in my opinion! Can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up πŸ™‚

  3. weefrills November 18, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Gorgeous coat! Very nice photos!

  4. McCallPatternCompany (@McCallPatternCo) November 18, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Lauren, your coat is perfection! I’m just a tad jealous of how great it turned out. The color, the style, the flare…it all works so well on you. WELL DONE!!! β€”Meg

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

      Don’t be jealous, Meg – yours turned out pretty fabulous too! I hope I get to see it next time I’m in New York πŸ˜€

  5. Jennifer November 18, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    Great job on the coat – it came out beautiful.

  6. JP November 18, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    Beautiful! Just beautiful! It is a work of art! Great job!!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      Yay, a work of art – I like that! Thank you!

  7. Heather L November 18, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Phenomenal! Looks amazing. A-Ma-Zing!

  8. Anna November 18, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Ooh luvverly! I even like those big bell sleeves!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      I’m surprised how much I like them too! They’re very dramatic πŸ™‚

  9. Kelly November 18, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    This is gorgeous Lauren! Well worth all the effort, it looks great! Love the hat as well!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      Thank you! That hat is like, my favorite thing ever right now hahahaha

  10. Heather M November 18, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Congratulations on a wonderful garment and great posts about it! I read them all – and learned a lot – even though didn’t make it. I can’t wait for another sew-along!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

      Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed the sewalong! I enjoyed hosting it πŸ™‚

  11. CarlosCorrea November 18, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Fantastic! Love the silk taffeta underlining and self covered buttons. You look wonderful in it!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

      Ahhh, thank you so much Carlos! I’m glad to hear that you approve πŸ˜€

  12. Jennifer November 18, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    I love the coat – adn really love the red colour πŸ™‚ I know its totally not the same beast but i just finished the minoru, I think coat sewing is my favourite!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

      The minoru is still a beast in itself! Wasn’t it fun to make, though? Man, I want to make another one of those! Coat making woohoooooo!

  13. rillafree November 18, 2014 at 8:17 am #


  14. Teri Poole Augustine November 18, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Wow, that is a gorgeous coat. I love the color. I’ve never tackled a coat, but I did cut one out about 15 years ago. I just found it in a box of stuff I cut out but never got around to sewing. πŸ˜€ The pocket post was really helpful. I’m going to have to do the same thing for the coat I cut out and I’m dreading it. Oh and Nashville traffic, believe it or not I miss it. I would trade it for crazy El Paso traffic in a heartbeat.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

      Haha! That’s a pretty old UFO! You should totally finish it πŸ™‚ The pockets aren’t so bad – just practice a few times, and utilize lots of hand basting! You’ll be fine!

      Oh man, I’m SO glad we don’t have crazy traffic! However, I’m spoiled with this shit, and sitting through more than one light cycle is considered “traffic” to me hahahahaha! I’d rather take a bike any day and skip traffic altogether. I just wish I didn’t work so far away from home now!

  15. Kimberly November 18, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    That is one badass coat. Well done.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

      Whoop! Thank you! πŸ˜€

  16. Lana November 18, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Those sleeves are the bees knees honey! Love the whole thing.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

      They are really FUN! Might need more bell sleeves in my future πŸ˜€

  17. Jane November 18, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Wow. I love it. It looks perfect on you. Love the red too x

  18. francescapia November 18, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    You look adorable in that fabulous coat with that hat! What a lovely picture. I think I’m going to have a look at the sewalong pics just to see what’s going on with those buttonholes – is that some kind of a guard I see there? I didn’t follow it as I am totally uninterested in coat sewing – coats have a very short season here, I have a bunch of them and I prefer a car coat length most of the time cos of driving…. plus I made one years back from a length of cashmere coating I bought in Hong Kong which was loads of work, turned out beautifully, but was too much of its time – big shoulders, are you listening??? Older sis appropriated it and oldest sis gave it the ultimate mark of approval as being “very like my Jean Paul Gaulthier”…. I wish I had found something shaped like this, what a difference! I LOVE the touches of texture you gave it with the silk buttonholes and the inside of the sleeves, omg, too bloody fabulous! Yes, you look totally adorable. Pity you aren’t taking it with you as you would stand out a mile in grey London.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      The button holes are bound with silk taffeta, and then there are thread chain bar tacks sewn to create the holes. It’s pretty interesting and unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a coat (leave it to Ralph Rucci to design something awesome like that!). I don’t blame you for not following along; I think sewalongs can be tiresome when you’re not involved in them (whether hosting or participating). It’s a shame that you don’t get much coat-time in your climate, though. I LOVE coat making, I think it’s so fun! Although your cashmere coat sounds pretty amazing, gotta say πŸ™‚

  19. Inclement November 18, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    You look spiffy….oh, so spiffy…la la la-la, la la-la, la LAAAAAAAAH πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  20. Carolyn November 18, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Lauren – the coat is awesome! Love the photos and all of your hard work shows. Plus I love George too, he is soooooo good at picking great pieces of fabric.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      Thank you, Carolyn! Big props to George for picking this fabric – I knew I could count on him to find me the best stuff in the store πŸ˜€

  21. Red Point Tailor November 18, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS! It is so fabulous! You look great in these all autumn colours!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

      Thank you! I love autumnal colors, so yay I like hearing that! ha!

  22. Jane November 18, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Lauren it’s a total triumph and it looks wonderful made up in red! Also that third from last photo of you with the coat slung over your photo is just lovely! x

    • Jane November 18, 2014 at 9:20 am #

      Duh, should read slung over your SHOULDER, not slung over your photo!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

      Thank you so much! I knew you’d approve to the red, Jane πŸ™‚

  23. Miss Celie November 18, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    excellent work. seriously. excellent. the view of the inside of your sleeves is everything.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

      Thank you so much! I think the inside sleeve view is one of my favorite parts of the coat πŸ˜€

  24. Kaci November 18, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    This coat is amazing and your sewing skills are sick. Can I just say how much I love the unusual silhouette on you? You can pull off anything.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      Thank you! I don’t think I can quite pull of anything, but I do like this shape, so there’s that πŸ™‚

  25. Tasha @ By Gum, By Golly November 18, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Gorgeouuuuuuuuuus! Such beautiful work, and that red is really working for you. So wonderful to see it all come together! It’s interesting how relatively classic yet different the silhouette really is, especially when you see the sleeves and neckline. Love, love it! I’m on the fence right now about if I’m going to undertake a big coat project, we shall see!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

      Omg, I think you should! Big coat projects are awesome and satisfying (and you can justify spending tons of money on the fabric & supplies, since, well, it’s a coat! You’ll wear it all the time!), and you’ll get SO much use out of it!

  26. Nickey Robo November 18, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    This is incredible! I hope to someday have the werewithal to actually finish a coat like this… I started a BurdaStyle moto jacket last year and it’s sitting sadly in a bag, waiting for me to return…
    I think about those “couture savings” all the time. Yeah, Forever 21 is cheaper than sewing, but I know I can make things much better quality than I can afford to buy!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

      Ooh, you should finish the moto jacket. Who doesn’t need an awesome moto jacket, amirite? πŸ™‚

      And yes, couture savings are where it’s at! Getting the quality at a fraction of the price is such a great feeling πŸ™‚

  27. gingermakes November 18, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    This is so gorgeous on you! I love it! Well done!!!!!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      Yay! Thank you so much πŸ˜€

  28. house of pinheiro November 18, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    thats a real winner… sad to not see it live but i totally get it, when i travel i pack stuff thats practical.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

      Yeah, I’m a little sad, but I want to be comfortable while I’m traveling around! You’ll just have to come here to see it in person, I guess πŸ™‚

  29. Elizabeth November 18, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    This is such a cool coat! I definitely had reservations about the style after seeing the sample version, but yours is so cool, I may have to actually give it a go.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

      Dude, me too. I hated the envelope art! I like it much better in the wool coating, but, then again, I’m biased πŸ™‚ You should make it up – and then let me seeeee it πŸ˜€

  30. maddie November 18, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    The purple hair, the red coat, the hat… you are a showstopper!

  31. MarrieB November 18, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    It turned out so good!! I still haven’t cut my fabric, but now I’m re-inspired to get mine done. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

      Woohoo!! Based on how winter is heading for this year, I’d say you have plenty of time to finish and still be able to wear it πŸ™‚ haha!

      • MarrieB November 18, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

        So true, it was in the 70’s in So. Cal. today.

  32. clemensnp November 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Wowzers, what a brilliant coat and the lovely photos really show it off.Congratulations and enjoy every single time you wear it! Catherine x

  33. Ines November 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    I love it! Its’ so great, I love those seans in the sleeves, it looks special!!! I lthink it will look amazing when you go out!!! I totally agree on the savings issue you mentioned. It’s awesome to know you can own a coat that would usually run several thousands, isn’t it?

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

      It’s pretty awesome! Ain’t nobody else (at least in my social circle haha) going to have a coat like this, that’s for sure! πŸ™‚

  34. carlalissa November 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Love how the coat looks on you! Hope you bring it to NY.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

      Ooh, maybe I will! Even if it’s not cold enough in March, it could be nice for a show-and-tell-and-grabby-hands πŸ™‚

  35. Barbara November 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Love it! Great colour, really fabulous coat. I’m so far behind with mine. It’s very unseasonal sewing here, so other projects keep getting in the way. Hope to get there eventually, thanks so much for the sewalong, will definitely be going back to refer to posts.

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

      You are so welcome! I don’t blame you for pushing it to the backburner; that’s what happens with unseasonal sewing πŸ™‚ The sewalongs will always be there when you need them!

  36. Candice November 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    This coat is stunning, and the pictures came out fantastic!

  37. Kit November 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Your skills continue to amaze me! You are the best!!!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Aw, thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  38. Jet Set Sewing November 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    What!!! You’re not bringing this coat to Paris?!?! Are you nuts?!?! The Frenchmen will be falling to their knees, saying naughty things in French and taking you to Hermes to buy a scarf to go with it. And the French women will be giving you that leetle jealous sneer, (which means you scored in their style book). Listen to your Auntie Jet Set Sewing…you have to wear it!! French women are all about their fabulous coats in the winter. Just stick it in the overhead and BRING IT!

    • LLADYBIRD November 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

      Ahhhhh now you have me questioning my entire travel wardrobe!! I would LOVE to bring it, but I’m super limited on luggage options (I can only bring one suitcase, and shipping stuff back is pretty expensive) so I’m trying to bring as little as possible with me. Since the coat isn’t as practical as my plaid one, I was just going to bring that one. But now you have me questioning everything! I want to get the French woman jealous sneer!! haha!

      • Jet Set Sewing November 19, 2014 at 9:34 am #

        Practical/schmatical…you’re going to London and Paris! Take your groovy coat. If you look cold, Prince Harry will loan you a muffler, and then you’ll marry him and be a duchess or something. The rest of your wardrobe will be fine…bring the show-stopper.

  39. Renata Tarnay November 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    It came out lovely, and it fits you beautifully!

  40. Clarinda Kaleidoscope November 19, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    Lovely post and photos – you look utterly joyous in your gorgeous coat. Have a FAB time in London – whar are the key things on your To Do list whilst you’re here?

    • LLADYBIRD November 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

      Other than buy all the fabric and drink all the beer? I want to go to the British Museum and look at the mummies! πŸ™‚ haha!

  41. JuliaBobbin (@JuliaBobbin) November 19, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    This is pretty freaking awesome!

  42. Reana Louise November 19, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    Wow, your friend is a master photographer and this coat deserves NOTHING less! Although I’m a little sad to hear it won’t be making the trip to the UK. This is really fucking spectacular, and I can’t wait to see everyone else’s πŸ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD November 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      I know! I wish I could take it, but my space is so limited and I really just want to be comfortable while I’m there (especially since I’ll be pretty out of my element enough as it is).

  43. yosami November 19, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    Wonderful, I’m in awe of your skills and stamina! Respect! Have a safe trip over and see you in Paris!

    • LLADYBIRD November 20, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

      Yes! Looking forward to it πŸ˜€

  44. eimear November 19, 2014 at 4:11 am #

    fabulous – its perfect. normally i probably wouldnt have looked at this pattern, (i just checked it there) but your coat has made it so much more attractive – so much so that its now on my wish list. the amount of work you put into it shows in the fantastic finish

    • LLADYBIRD November 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Thank you so much! Definitely check out the pattern; all the detail that goes into the coat makes it really special πŸ™‚

  45. Bernice November 19, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    Your coat is spectacular! I love it. Thanks for the great sewalong posts.
    I am following along to make my own coat and am a few weeks away from finishing. Hope to get some more pics up on the Flickr site soon. Really appreciate all the great info and inspiration.

    • LLADYBIRD November 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      Oh, awesome! I can’t wait to see your coat when it’s finished πŸ™‚ So glad you liked the sewalong πŸ˜€

  46. Basya November 19, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    Lauren, your coat is *gorgeous* and is making me look forward to finishing mine, now that I’ve finally figured out how to use my walking foot.

    Helen, do it. This one, while classified as an advanced pattern, really isn’t. A stubborn beginner could totally do this.

    • LLADYBIRD November 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear that you made that walking foot your bitch πŸ™‚ And I agree with you that a stubborn beginner could make this coat. It’s really just a lot of fiddly steps; nothing majorly difficult!

  47. lovebitn November 19, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    I love it! That is a gorgeous coat! Absolutely beautiful!

  48. nettie November 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    DUDE!!! This is SOOOOO beautiful!! And you wear it so well! Love the color, the hat, the hair and the pics!! And using exclamation points!!!!! ;p

    • LLADYBIRD November 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Yay!! Thank you so much, Nettie πŸ˜€

  49. meccasue November 20, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Beautiful coat!!! You did a fantastic job! You did the designer/artist proud. Hate to hear that Ralph Rucci is stepping down from his company. I’ll have to make sure to add this to my stash!!

    • LLADYBIRD November 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Thank you! I had no idea Rucci was stepping down from his company, though, what a bummer!

  50. Pinklady November 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    I’m a French woman and I’m just admirative of your coat. If you are planning a trip to Paris, you really should take it. Winter is cold in France (less in the south, but Paris is cold in winter!) and this red coat is gorgeous. You have to wear it in front of the Eiffel Tower!
    So, because I’m French, please excuse me if my english is not as good as I would.
    I found your blog after having already purchased the pattern. I have a really really big crush on this coat and I’m looking after sewing blogs to see what the others do with the pattern…and yours is wonderfull!

  51. Kelly November 29, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    My goodness, this is gorgeous. I’m so glad you tried that coat on and showed us all that it’s really a great design. I totally passed over it the first time!

  52. mertxelasierra December 25, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Hello again! I finally finished mine too! Totally worth it, but you were right when you told me it would be cold when I finished it, haha, now is freezing! If you have a couple of minutes, have a look at it and positively critizise it. Thank you! Muaks!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

      Oh yay! Gonna go have a look now – !

  53. Crystal Rice December 30, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    If you decide to make one, you should definitely check out the Flickr photo group. There’s lots of stuff on there from Lauren and Meg and the other participants. Pictures and discussions on fitting and muslins, which can be really helpful.

  54. Cathy N July 7, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Hi Lauren, your sew-a-long was the help I needed to make my coat. I finally finished mine a couple of months ago just in time for our winter and have worn it almost everyday since I’ve posted some pics on the flickr page (it is the purple one) but just wanted to say. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Your encouragement and sewalong posts were bang on the money for getting the job done. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    • LLADYBIRD July 7, 2015 at 8:16 am #

      Oh man, this makes me so happy! You are SO welcome and I’m sooo thrilled to hear that you found the sewalong helpful and that you were encouraged to finish your coat! And I’m REALLY happy to hear that you love it and wear it often! Your coat looks beautiful – I love the lining your chose and the color is just glorious πŸ˜€


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