Alabama Tuck Coat - Wannabe Style

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Making the pattern. I couldn't find a pattern in the style of AC's coat, which is an old-fashioned frock-coat style. So I found a blazer pattern with the proper vertical seams and adapted it by lengthening it and adding the pleated panels. This garment is my "sample" in that I had no idea if I could make it fit. I think it turned out pretty well, though it would look so much better on me if I still wore a size 6! It's definitely got a lot of fabric, so would look best on a very slender woman. Still, I am not afraid to wear it outside the house. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just go for it - but use inexpensive fabric if you're experimenting with making your own pattern. The Swedish Tracing Paper I used for the pattern pieces was very useful; I literally sewed the pattern pieces together on the bodice before cutting into the jersey. On the sleeves, you can see the results of a last minute decision to embellish part of the garment, which I orginally intended to leave plain. Since the sleeves had not yet been sewn together, I did a little stencilling there. I wasn't crazy about the moorish tile stencil I designed - it was too uniform. So I ended up stitching each shape with a different stitch, and expanded my embroidery repertoire in the process.

What you will need

  • lightweight 100% cotton jersey

Q&A with faux nom

PSCD asked:
Oh, wow, really beautiful. Love everything about it!
faux nom answered:
Thank you! It was a fun project.
amyrt asked:
This is beautiful!! I can't see the detail on the collar. How did you finish it?
faux nom answered:
Amy, I stitched the collar and turned it inside out, then sewed the raw edges to the neck. Then I top-stitched around the neckline to try to catch the raw edges and make the collar stand up. It's a little floppy, but since it's very narrow, it looks okay even if it's lying down.
Nixxi asked:
I love it too - well done. You should be proud to wear this coat!
faux nom answered:
Thanks Nixxi!
cindycove1403266 asked:
I love it, too. You should develop a pattern and offer it here. It's a great coat/shirt.
faux nom answered:
Thank you! I'll Look into how that could be done. I wish I knew how to size a pattern.
LittlePink kiwi asked:
This is lovely, I like the way you've embroidered each of the shapes differently. It's a great colour too
faux nom answered:
Thank you; it's kind of like a sampler on a scale less ambitious than your corset, which I love. (I've not yet gotten brave enough to try beading - or maybe it's just that I'm impatient and always want to finish sooner!)