This entry was posted on March 3, 2017 by Nikki Brooks-Revis.
My love affair with menswear probably started in high school when I went through my men's oversized button up phase with tuxedo pants. Yep, that was high school. Fortunately, I never grew out of it. There is everything classic about plaid houndstooth, and even more flattering on women.
When I ordered this Armani wool fabric I originally planned a dress but after it arrived it was definitely more suited for a coat. The online listing doesn't do this fabric justice, it's simply beautiful. Heavy weight with a stiffer drape would also make a great blazer. It sews, irons and cuts with ease.
The pattern used for this coat was vintage Simplicity 8310 double breasted coat/dress with the following alterations:
-Removed the back seam
-Removed the front box pockets and added side seam pockets
-Added 3.5" sleeve belts
-Remove the sleeve cuffs
-Attached the collar to the top of the lapels which allows the collar to remain in an up position
-To remove the double breasted appearance, iron the lapels down ending at the waist