In the unlikely event I ever need to dress up as Henry 8th I’m all set. This is my coat made from an 1980s Issey Miyake pattern, worn over a dress made from another 1980s pattern, but the whole effect is strangely Tudor. I think it’s the big shoulders and the colour. The dress has 80s shoulder pads which are contributing.
This is the pattern envelope, vintage Vogue 1476 from 1984. Mine is made up in purple wool mouflon from Croft Mill. It’s lovely fabric: light but very warm and has a slightly fuzzy right side. At the time of writing it’s still available here. It’s got a certain similarity to fleece. I think you could make a cracking version of this coat pattern out of fleece, and as a bonus it could be machine washed. I’d avoid heavy coating fabrics. The pattern envelope says ‘wool knits, lightweight tweed, and double knit’ which isn’t super specific: wool knit can mean lightweight jersey or heavy boiled wool amongst others. I would not want to make this out of either of those. Tweed would work, ponte would work, and I’ve seen a great linen version.
The coat is very oversized. I added 5cm at the hem because I’m tall, but I think I needn’t have. I didn’t bother lengthening the sleeves at all – or rather was far too lazy to trace the enormous pattern pieces to make the necessary adjustment – and they’re fine. Normally I add 5cm to sleeves too.
It’s good for twirling. But mainly I find I have worn this around the house when it’s a bit chilly; it’s great for snuggling up in. I’ve fallen asleep under it more than once.
When I was looking for fabric for this project I didn’t initially consider purple. It’s not one of my usual colours (admittedly, until a few months ago my usual colours were confined to black, white, grey, and silver). I’m glad I ended up with this though. It goes particularly well with the yellow dress here but also works with grey, white, and silver clothes. It’s a bit on the sombre side over an all black outfit unless combined with some brighter accents.
While I’m tempted to make other versions I think realistically I only need one of these. It takes up a lot of space in the wardrobe. I think it could be a good one to make as a present though, as there’s next to no fitting involved. And if you’re making it out of fleece then almost any colour the recipient might want is going to be available.
It has one downside which is that the roomy pockets are difficult to locate in all the folds of fabric, leading to much inelegant rummaging. And I wish I’d added a loop for hanging it. I always regret it when I leave that out of outerwear. But overall it’s a success.
Thanks to my husband for taking the pictures.
23 thoughts on “Tudor cosplay (Vintage Vogue 1476 coat modelled)”
A fabulous look!
Fabulous! I love the cape like aspect and the back view is great. The yellow dress shows it off well.
Thanks! I should definitely make more in that shade of yellow, it goes with lots of things and it’s cheerfil
Looks great on you. You have the height to carry off the volume of it.
Cate! It is ABSOLUTELY stunning! You look marvelous! Love the styling with the mustard underneath! GREAT JOB, as per usual!
Brilliant Catherine and I am loving the colours too!
Fabulous and stunning. What everyone else said! I love your comment that it takes up a lot of room in your wardrobe. I know exactly what you mean…
That made me chuckle too. I can only imagine!
Yes, you and the coat are rather regal. Although I’m fairly tall (5’7″) I definitely don’t have the panache to wear it, so kudos!
P.S. Thank you for the photographs Mr Daze!
Ooh, this coat is drrramatic. 🤩 I read about the process in reverse order and your predictions came true – nobody is going to pull out a ruler and measure the spacing of the topstitching on your pockets. Not without getting a flap of wool to the face, anyway. I love how deliberate this looks, every inch (liter?) of volume is so clearly designed, and you’re carrying it off completely!
Love it! The color is amazing, and it looks soooooo cozy!
Wow, wow, wow! This has turned out to be magnificent, your very own superhero cape! I love the colour, and yes, a linen one would be droolicious!
Thanks! I was really glad of it yesterday when the UK weather suddenly went so cold
You look amazing! Consider adding more blue to your wardrobe, it looks nice on you. I don’t see Tudor, I see edgy Japanese cool girl.
Aww thanks! I am definitely getting more into blue of late
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