Pattern Review/Match - McCalls M6800 Alexander McQueen inspired coat

We've been lusting after the high-low hem Alexander McQueen coat for a long time and any of our regular followers will know that we found the perfect pattern match for it a few months ago! McCall's M6800 sewing pattern has the perfect hemline and collar shape to match the original McQueen style.

With winter setting in and the weather getting colder one of our seamstresses decided now was the perfect time to make our McQueen inspired coat:

The instructions were clear and easy to follow although I had to combine variation B for the hemline with variation C/D for the collar line so there was a little jumping around between sections.  I made this coat in a size larger than I would normally wear, to accommodate layers of clothing underneath.  I adore the shape of this coat, the fit and flare style is so flattering.  It may mean you need a lot of fabric to make it but it is totally worth it for the fullness of the skirt.

The only alteration I made was to add an extra hook and eye at the collar line to keep the opening flats.  The bulk of the fabric and facing at the collar seam was making it bulge out a little at times and this extra fastening just helps to keep everything flats and in place neatly.  Excuse the lint in this photo, the red lining fabric frayed easily and got everywhere, a quick run over with a lint brush soon got rid of this.

When I saw these nautical anchor buttons I just had to have them for this coat.  I decided on the matt ones in the end as they are more subtle and blend in with the fabric better.  Cute aren't they?

Overall, I am very impressed with the outcome of this make.  The fit of the coat is true to size and gives a lovely faltering shape.  I love the bright red lining against the black wool fabric and the hemline is sure to make you stand out!  I think this is the best pattern match from Fashion to DIY for yet, it's so close to the original Alexander McQueen coat.  I cannot wait to wear this out and about, what do you think?!

Pattern rating: 10/10 :)

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  1. Phenomenal! Love your choice of lining color!

  2. this is REALLY Nice. I just bought this pattern. I am using it for a type of stylish clergy robe. Wish me luck. lol

    1. Thanks Sharonda! Oooo, sounds interesting. I'd love to see how it turns out, good luck :)