DIY oversized coat and neoprene dress

DIY oversized coat and neoprene dress
When it comes to investing in a great winter coat, you can never go wrong with an oversized coat worn with everything from dresses to sweat pants.  This coat  was made using a grey wool from that has unfortunately sold out but here are a couple alternative fabrics here and here and lined with a silk charmeuse.
The pattern used was Vogue V8862 view C  previously seen here, with the following alterations:
-Added 24″ to the length
-Removed bottom half of coat seam
-Added 3″ to length of sleeve
-Connected the top pattern piece to the neck piece to remove the seam
-Cut the back piece on fold to remove the back seam
-Added 8″ to the neck for a more dramatic collar
-Added side seam pockets

The dress was made using my loved neoprene found here at  The pattern used was the bodice to McCalls M5927 view E with the following alterations:

-Cut a 6 1/2″ curved V neck
-Removed the pockets
-Removed the back slit
-Added a 6″ curved slit to skirt front
-Removed the rouching at the sleeve
-Added a 5″ sleeve band

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  1. Suzanne
    January 22, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Great outfit!! Can you tell me how the neoprene wears? Does it pill? Does it breathe? The neoprene I have seen in Australia makes me think I would end up a sweaty mess by the end of the day wearing it!!

    • January 22, 2015 / 11:24 am

      Thank you! I love the way it feels, it's very comfortable and doesn't pill. It seems breathable but I only wear this type of neoprene in cooler weather. I could imagine this dress being pretty hot in a warmer climate.

  2. January 22, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    So sharp! I wish I had your altering skills!!

    • January 23, 2015 / 1:39 pm

      Thank you

  3. January 22, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    And yet another great outfit! The pattern calls for non stretch fabrics. Do you grade or go down a size for the neoprene?

    • January 23, 2015 / 1:47 pm

      I very rarely look at the fabric recommendation because I can generally eyeball the pattern pieces to determine if what I'm making will fit properly and accommodate my fabric so If I cut a 10 or 12 it always gives me enough room to appropriately fit. I hope that makes sense.

  4. January 22, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Stunning on you! Thanks for the tips. I love how you change up a boring pattern and make it look totally chic.

    • January 23, 2015 / 1:47 pm

      Thank you Justine

  5. January 22, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    The dress is totally a LBD staple…I'll have to try sewing with neoprene. Last time I looked, Mood Fabrics had a print neoprene which looked pretty intriguing.

    • January 23, 2015 / 1:49 pm

      Isn't that print beautiful. It's a jersey neoprene which isn't as structured but I love it.

  6. January 22, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Wow Nikky . This is superb you re truly talented love ur outfits. Thanks a lot for sharing. U re really motivating me thanks a million again .

    • January 23, 2015 / 1:50 pm

      Thank you Deloris 🙂

  7. January 22, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Everything is impeccably made as usual. I truly love your classic & elegant style.

    • January 23, 2015 / 1:50 pm

      Thank you

  8. January 23, 2015 / 12:43 am

    you look so sharp! Wish i could peak into the inside of the coat, it looks very well sewn

    • January 23, 2015 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you, I have to remember to photograph the inside. But it's so cold outside and trying to not look cold is a challenge lol

  9. January 23, 2015 / 3:13 am

    Your skill level and style is simply beautiful and breathtaking! You make me wanna sew!!

  10. January 23, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Love this outfit!!! So chic.

    • January 29, 2015 / 9:45 am

      Thank you Margo

  11. January 23, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    I love the changes you made to this pattern. That dress is great. Love the coat too!

    • January 29, 2015 / 9:44 am

      Thank you Erica

  12. January 23, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Thank you Kimberly

  13. January 23, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    This outfit is fabulous, Nikki! Wish I had your skills! Would you mind clarifying a couple of steps in the coat alterations; (1) Removed bottom half of coat seam, and (2) Connected the top pattern piece to the neck piece to remove the seam. Thanks so much, and look forward to your next post!!!

    • January 29, 2015 / 9:44 am

      If you take a look at the original image, there is a seam line above the buttons on view C separating the top of the coat from the bottom. I removed the seam by combining the two pattern pieces. I did the same thing with the section around the neck as well.

      Hope this helps

  14. Rachel UK
    January 25, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    This is absolutely stunning! Love it!I've never worked with neoprene before, please could you tell me how you finished the edges on the neckline and hem slit? Thank you.

    • January 29, 2015 / 9:37 am

      Thank you Rachel

      I rolled the edges and steamed them flat.

    • Rachel UK
      January 29, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to reply! And keep these posts coming – they are so inspiring, you have really great style!

  15. January 26, 2015 / 3:57 am

    Wow, another stunning outfit – you are so ridiculously talented at sewing, designing variations, fitting yourself, AND picking fabrics that will look amazing sewn up! I dont think I've commented on your blog in ages, but I'm a long time reader and your sewing really inspires me – I hope you continue to find time to create as your little one grows older 🙂

    • January 29, 2015 / 9:36 am

      Thank you so much Gabrielle 🙂

    • January 29, 2015 / 9:36 am

      Thank you

    • January 29, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Hey Latonia, I will be launching it next week.

  16. January 29, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    I am a new follower of yours. I love your classy, easy style. I have a 100% Melton wool that I have saved for years and I believe your coat is the one for the material. I like that you removed some seams as Melton wool can get bulky at the seams. Thank you for your blog. By the way….you are gorgeous!

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