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Houndstooth plaid

My love affair with menswear probably started in high school when I went through my mens 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

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  1. March 6, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Great coat and fabulous styling!

    You “Attached the collar to the top of the lapels which allows the collar to remain in an up position”; does this mean you eliminated the collar band? Did you add any additional interfacing to the center back of the collar? I like to wear my collars up, too, and am always looking for new ways to achieve the look.

    Thank you!

    • Nikki
      March 11, 2017 / 4:23 am

      No I didn’t eliminate the collar band. This fabric is pretty structured so I didn’t need to add additional interfacing. Attaching the collar to the lapels where I did was enough to keep the collar in the up position. Depending on the fabric, you may need to add a stiffener to the collar.

  2. Susan Child
    March 6, 2017 / 9:27 pm


  3. Vicky
    March 7, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    Wow! That is really nice.

  4. Lisa
    March 10, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    You look fabulous!!!!

  5. March 11, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Great simple but polished look for Spring.