I sewed myself a coat for winter! It's a nice warm wool blend that I got on the cheap and some cool old silver buttons I've been hoarding forever. I didn't use any real pattern for it, I just drafted up a basic bodice and sleeves for the top part and a big "skirt" part with flare in the front and lotsa pleats in the back. The back is just a little bit longer than the front.
I am really proud of the pleats, they're really deep (there are 4" of pleat for each 1" you can see on the outside!) and they taper from shorter on the sides to longer in the center.
I added some great big cuffs, an oversized rounded collar and some ties on the sides that attach through some giant grommets. I was thinking of adding some embroidery or other decoration to it, but I'm happy with it as is for now.
Here's the front \/
And here's the back \/
And here's the back with the ties tied in the front to show the tapered, pleated goodness \/
I love how the back flows when I walk. It's also good for twirling
Just wanted to share,
EDIT: There's no big secret to this coat, so here's a little info on how I did it:
If you want to make your own, it's pretty easy. If you can work from a pattern, I found a really close match to my coat on Butterick's website: http://www.butterick.com/item/B4665.htm?tab=coats_jackets_vests&page=3
It even has a large collar option, but the waist on this one is pretty straight. I think mine tapered in a lot more, but I've got crazy wide hips and ribs compared to my waist.
the basic bodice shape is like this:http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/8116/b4665ua8.jpg
(I think it's called princess seams?)
If you're like me and patterns are nothing but a tissue paper mystery, you can just look at a lot of coats and see how they're put together. You want to cut the bodice pieces just down to your waistline and make a top piece, then attach the skirt to it.
The skirt is basically a couple of trapezoids in the front:http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/245/trapjj6.jpg
/\(oooh, fancy image, huh?)
I used two trapezoids for each side of the front. The width of the top of the trapezoids should match the width of the bottom of the bodice pieces (does that make sense?) and they should be as long as you want the skirt to be plus your hem of course.
\/ And a bunch of pleats in the back. It's just a really long rectangle. Use as much fabric as you can for the pleats, and make them as deep as you can. http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/381/pleatsqh8.jpg
/\(I spent way too much time drawing this diagram
The cuffs are just a couple of trapezoids, too. I'd be happy to share more info if anyone has any more questions.
Making a coat isn't really that hard and I had a lot of fun making mine especially since I couldn't find anything like what I wanted in the stores!