Saturday, 8 June 2019

Deer and Doe Luzerne Coat - 2019 Make Nine #4

This is the Deer and Doe Luzerne Coat and is number 4 of my 2019 Make Nine.

It's described as:

"Close-fitting, unlined, double-breasted trench coat with princess seams. Pleats at front and back, diagonal welt pockets, and two-piece sleeves"

I made a size 38 for the bodice and sleeves, and graded out to as size 40 at the waist.  I shortened the sleeves (and need to turn them up a bit more!), but didn't shorten the bodice (which is, frankly, astonishing), and lengthened the skirt.  I wanted something that would cover the skirt of my dresses, and as I have the PDF pattern, used the skirt length on the size 52 which is the largest size. 


I didn't make the belt, because it would have got lost in no time; and didn't add the back tab because I didn't have enough buttons for it.  Also, I thought it would be a bit uncomfortable to sit in with a button digging into my back.

I also didn't make the bound buttonholes as on the pattern, and just machined buttonholes.

The pattern has the following pieces to be interfaced:
  • Two of the four front bodice pieces - Piece 1
  • One of the two back yoke pieces - Piece 3
  • One of the two collar and collar stand pieces - Pieces 13 and 12

But I also interfaced:
  • Both skirt front facings - Piece 11
  • Both pocket welts - Piece 9
  • Both sleeve tabs - Piece 16
This was because I just felt that these pieces would require a bit more stability.

My fabric is some polyester crepe from The Textile Centre.  I had 3 metres of this, and the pattern calls for 3.6 metres, but with some pattern tetris I had fabric to spare.  My buttons were harvested from my first Pavot Coat,  and the bias binding for the seams is from ebay.  The innards photos below aren't brilliant, but it gives an idea of how the binding is used.

As with all Deer and Doe patterns, the instructions are brief, but easy to follow and understand.  

There were a few mistakes along the way (my fault - not the pattern), I won't bore you with them, but I feel that if you don't make a mistake on a coat, you're not doing it right!

I love this coat, and it's perfect for this time of year because we've had a lot of rain in Belfast lately, which is very unamusing!

Have a great weekend,



  1. What a gorgeous coat! I made a coat for one of my granddaughters this winter and now want to sew another one. Or at least a jacket. And yours is so stylish and pretty. You must have an enormous me made wardrobe!
    I really love your blog! Thanks for sharing it all with us.

    1. Thanks Heather!! What is it about making coats that makes you want to make another?? I'm already planning my next one - good luck with yours!

  2. Such a great coat!!! Love the colour, the cute binding and OMG, the buttons!!!

    1. Thank you! I love the colour too, and aren't the buttons great?! They were too nice to leave in the button box.

  3. What a lovely coat in a gorgeous colour. The details on the curved yoke, lovely pockets and binding are fabulous. I have noticed this pattern before and been tempted. It must be nice to have a lightweight coat that is long enough to cover skirts and dresses. It's been throwing it down here too. Expect your coat is coming in very useful!!

    1. Thanks Elaine! I've loving this coat, it really is useful for a raining day, like, um, the one we're having right now!!

  4. It's gorgeous, love the beautiful purple colour and am totally in love with the bias binding! Let's hope you don't need to put it to too much use for the next few months tho!

    1. Thanks Helen! I love the colour too, and I'm also very pleased with the bias binding. It was a lucky ebay find. I haven't had to wear it yet this week because the weather has been lovely in Belfast, but I'm not so sure about tomorrow...

  5. Have I called you Queen of Coats before?
    If I haven't - then you are. If I have - then you reign supreme!

    1. Thanks Ruth!! I'll totally take being Queen of Coats!!

  6. It looks fab Lynne! The colour is gorgeous (I always think colourful coats make cold/rainy weather seem so much more bearable!) and I particularly like the pretty buttons!


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