They say spring is in the air, but the weather in my town didn’t agree. Then I made my KNOW ME 2001 Black Wool Coat and the local weather said, “Hello Spring!” Hahaha!!! Actually, I did get to wear it to a meeting the day after I finished it because we had rain and it was cold outside. I was so excited to wear the coat and the ladies loved it. One thing I absolutely love about sewing my own clothes is that I can sew up an outfit to accommodate any type of weather, in any season, even if the weather doesn’t match the season. I’m ready for the next cold season, baby!



I used KNOW ME 2001 by Nikki of Beaute Jadore to sew my coat. I got rid of my black wool coat a few years ago that I’d had for a long time. I knew that I would make another one but never got around to it until now. KNOW ME is a new pattern company that was created by Mimi G. When she launched the first line of patterns, I was immediately drawn to this coat. The collar is the main detail that caught my eye.


This oversized coat is fully lined, with a wide lapel notched collar, side seam pockets, and matching belt. The pattern also includes high waisted, ankle length trousers. The trousers have a waistband, front/back darts, invisible zipper, and side seam slits at the ankle. The trousers caught my attention because of how amazing they look on Nikki.


The pattern comes in sizes 10 – 38W and is available in print form only. I rate the pattern as Intermediate. You must have a good amount of sewing experience to complete the garments. Do not attempt this pattern if you are a new beginner. As an Intermediate level sewist, I found the garments easy and fun to sew. 


Inside the Garment

I inserted a black lining into my coat because I think black on black is very elegant. It has a very clean finish and looks just as beautiful as any coat you will find in department stores or boutiques. The heavy weight of the coat is perfect and feels comfortable and warm.


Fabric Options

The fabric suggestions on the back of the envelope for the coat are: Tweed, Wool Blends, Gabardine, and Cotton Blends. The trousers call for: Cotton Blends, Dupioni, Linen Blends, Sateen, Stretch Wovens, and Lightweight Wool Blends. The lining suggestion is Polyester and Lining Fabric. I used a black wool that I’ve had in my fabric collection for years to make the coat. I purchased it from Michael Levine Fabrics in Downtown Los Angeles before they went out of business. It is absolutely perfect for this coat. This coat and trouser ensemble is pure elegance.


The coat lining is a Black Satin Polyester that I purchased from Joan Fabrics.


I used this black Polyester/Rayon/Spandex blend for the trousers. The fabric has a 4-way stretch and is perfect for pants. It feels very soft against the body with a luxurious drape. I’ll be checking to see if it’s available in other colors because it’s just the type of fabric I like to use for trousers.


Alterations Information

I did not make any major alterations to the coat pattern. However, I did blend the cutting lines from size 12 at the waist to size 16 at the hips. The oversized fit is perfect for the look I wanted.


The pants were a different story. I made alterations that didn’t give me the outcome I desired. I won’t share details because you can’t really see the issue. Nonetheless, I love the pants so much that I will definitely be sewing another pair. They’re giving me Audrey Hepburn vibes and I love them with the turtleneck. You may think this is crazy, but I’d rather sew another pair than alter what I made. I will give these away to someone and make another pair for myself. That’s just how much I don’t like alterations. The thought of removing waistbands and zippers doesn’t appeal to me at all. Hahaha!


Notions Information

The only notions required are thread and a 7″ invisible zipper for the pants. 


My Plans for the Garment

Now that the weather is starting to honor the season, I will hang my coat in the closet so that it’s ready when I need it. Of course, I’ll be wearing the pants (the new pair) year round with all kinds of blouses. I’ve styled them here with a black turtleneck top that I purchased last year when I didn’t have time to sew one at the last minute for a special occasion.


How would you wear the garment?

What do you think? Would you sew this coat or pants? Do you have the pattern?


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  1. Delores

    I love black. Your coat is beautiful!

  2. Trish

    I love, love, love this outfit. So classy. I have been looking for a good pant pattern and I am going to give this one a try. Thank you for sharing your talents. Stay Blessed!

    1. Anita Morris

      You will love this pattern, Trish! It’s a winner!

  3. Charisse Colbert

    FABULOUS !!! I love the monochromatic look, you out did yourself with these makes, absolutely gorgeous, classic and stylish! God Bless!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much. I love the monochromatic look too.

  4. Gwendolyn

    Hi Anita! Looking pretty doggone good Lady!

  5. Naomi Bonilla

    Love your style. I had a coat just like that, that draped so beautifully from shoulder to hem. I didn’t make it though but would love to attempt to make one like yours. I too despise taking mistakes apart but it’s gotten so that my seam ripper and I are very close friends!

    1. Anita Morris

      You should give it a try. It’s really a great pattern.

  6. Carolyn

    As always, you look marvelous darling. I wish the pattern came in smaller sizes.😥😥😥

  7. Mary Jean Cunningham

    Elegant as always! For some reason, I’m thinking pink under that fabulous black coat (with winter white pants?) might be a fun look – maybe because I’m seeing “Barbiecore” talked about this year? Wishing you a blessed and happy Easter season!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh, a pink lining with white pants would look amazing. I wore the coat to a meeting with white pants and it was really pretty.

  8. Karolyn Tibbits

    Anita, these garments are exquisite! And you look fabulous modeling them. I have been sewing a long time, but there are
    some things that I do not attempt. The reason being, I want them to be perfect. Something I shy away from is buttonholes.
    I think one bad button hole may ruin a perfect garment.

    I would like to see you offer an Intermediate Sewing Class.
    You are a beautiful person and the love of Jesus shines through you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Karolyn! I totally understand about the buttonholes. I challenge you to practice buttonholes on scrap fabric. Practice until you have mastered the skill. And each time you sew a garment that requires buttonholes, practice on a scrap piece of the fabric you will be using. That’s what I do to this day. I always practice the buttonhole on a scrap first. I have sewn quite a few bad buttonholes on the real fabric and it’s horrible to have to unpick that mistake. You can do it, Karolyn.

  9. Charlene

    Absolutely stunning! I would also like to see it on you in red or fuchsia or jade. You look gorgeous!!

  10. De

    A posh look – without a doubt!! You will definitely be ready for the next winter season. I hope you consider making a similar outfit in a different color for another season or a white/cream coat. I am so happy you sew and model classic outfits; it demonstrate how lovely ladies can look without breaking the bank. Even if one can not sew (This can be remedied by taking your course), following your example will assist while shopping. This is another winner, Anita! You are definitely STEPping to it!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, my beautiful De!!! Whew! An off-white monochromatic look has to happen in the future. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  11. Dara

    BOTH pieces are Gorgeous! You look Stunning!!God Bless You!

  12. Yvette

    Omg! Anita what a classy look. I can’t believe I purchased this coat pattern, but don’t have the courage to start it lol! Hopefully you have plans for a sew along on this. The pants look fabulous on you? I don’t see the issues that you do, but I think they look fantastic plus I love all things black lol! Great to see you back on. I look forward to all your videos.

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome, Yvette! It’s a great pattern but not for beginners so I won’t be doing a sew along. I try to keep the sew alongs beginner-friendly. Yeah, you can see the issues I have with the pants because of the way I’m standing. But they’re uncomfortable, so I will have a “do-over.”