KNOW ME 2001 - BLACK WOOL COAT
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.
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.
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!
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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- Fabric Option 1
- Fabric Option 2
- Learn to SEW
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- Baby Lock Euphoria
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