Statement coats appeared in many of the designer collections at the Autumn 22 runway shows. Classic coat shapes were adorned with luxury embellishment, from embroideries to exotic trims.
For a wearable alternative, pair the rough with the smooth, mixing textured fabrics in a single colour hue.
For this coat I chose to make The Classic Coat in smooth wool and cashmere coating fabric, trimmed with textured bouclé for a deep hem and cuff treatment.
The bouclé is a much lighter fabric than the main coating fabric so this was overlaid on top. Here are the steps to recreate it.
I cut all the pattern pieces in the main fabric and chalked a line on each piece 1cm lower than where I wanted the bouclé to start. So on the front and back at 41cm from the hem edge and 31cm on the sleeve pieces. I cut two strips of bouclé 44cm x70cm for the front and back and four pieces 32cm x 20cm for the sleeves. The individual bouclé pieces are required due to the shaping of the sleeve seams.
I made up the front and back including side seams but only stitched the centre back seam down to 60 cm from back neck. With right sides facing I then placed the bouclé onto the coat butting the edge up to the chalked line. I stitched in place taking 1cm seam allowance, I trimmed this back slightly before pressing with a pressing cloth. I hand tacked the bouclé to the open three edges to hold in place while completing the coat.
On the sleeves I stitched the bouclé pieces to each sleeve piece before making the sleeves up. Again I tacked the bouclé down on the open sides until completing the coat.
The resulting garment has a feel of understated elegance and luxury about it. The main coating fabric is from Rosenberg & son and is available in Navy, Black or Charcoal Grey.
The bouclé required is 1m of 150cm wide fabric. It was purchased from a stand at one of the previous Knitting and Stitching shows.