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Topic: Alabama Chanin stye coat -- what is this type of coat called? Swing coat? Update  (Read 1473 times)
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« on: April 17, 2010 09:34:12 AM »

I absolutely adore Alabama Chanin clothing.  I would love to have one of her embroidered coats, but I do not have $4,000+ to buy one.  I would like to try to make one for myself.  I'm thinking if I could make the coat out of cotton jersey, I could slowly add the embroidery over time.

Here's a link to the style of coat I like:  http://www.alabamachanin.com/store/Annas-Garden-Coat

To try to find a similar pattern, I need to know what this type of coat is called.  It's not really a swing coat, is it?  The overall shape is like a dress silhouette, but I don't know what it's really called.  Anyone know?  Is there a particular pattern manufacturer that might be more likely to have patterns like this than others?  My body size is on the border between regular sized patterns and plus-sized patterns, if that makes a difference.


update:  I think they do refer to it as a "swing coat," at least at Alabama Chanin.  The link I used before is gone, probably because they update their product lines regularly, but here is one similar to what I posted before, except a different collar:  http://www.alabamachanin.com/annas-garden-long-coat
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2010 10:39:48 AM »

This is an awesome coat. I don't know if it has a specific name, but the major pattern companies all have similar coat patters. I think Butterick 5295 could work, though it's not for knit fabric. You might have to fiddle with it a bit because of that. Vogue has some nice coat patterns as well but again, don't think any of them are specifically for knits.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2010 06:14:58 PM »

That Butterick pattern looks perfect for this coat!  Also, if you keep in mind the fact that all the embroidery probably inhibits at least 90% of the stretch, you'd need the pattern ease of a woven, anyway.  As for the type, I'm not all coat savvy, but it reminds me of a very, very feminine trench.

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2010 06:20:47 PM »

Oh, the Butterick pattern does look perfect -- it has the notched lapel and everything!  And good point about the embroidery inhibiting the stretch -- I hadn't thought of that and was worried about using a knit for a woven pattern.

Thank you!!!
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2010 02:00:16 AM »

i woud cal that style of coat a frock coat, although that is a more historic term, i'm not sure what designers would refer to it as now.
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2010 08:49:33 PM »

Thank you for the information!  I can see why they call it a frock coat -- the coat really follows the lines of the dress almost exactly. 
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2013 06:10:04 AM »

Hi, I realize it's been a while since your posting but I have been equally obsessed with that coat you asked about and decided to try to find a pattern.  I was wondering if you had any luck? Thanks!
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2013 09:30:56 AM »

Hi -- I still haven't made the coat, but I found a pattern I think has the overall silhouette:

Simplicity 2812

I think the Butterick pattern recommended was out of print, or else maybe I was just grabbing patterns at JoAnn when the Simplicity patterns were 99 cents.  Looking back, the Butterick is probably a better match than the Simplicity, but I think I liked the options of doing different collar variations.  The stand collar variation would be very similar to some other Alabama Chanin coats I like as well.  I would do the coat unlined in Jersey and probably add the embroidery slowly over time.

Let me know if you end up making one similar -- I don't find many people who have heard of Alabama Chanin, and fewer still who are obsessed with the style the way I am.
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