I saw this amazing waistcoat from Zara last year but couldn't justify the $200 price tag so I got over it and moved on with life. But, recently while perusing Pinterest for camel-colored outerwear, I saw a pin from the Brooklyn Blonde sporting the infamous waistcoat and my love was revived.
If I couldn't justify the $200 price tag last year, I certainly couldn't justify the $400+ asking price on eBay so I decided to make my own. I took a jaunt over to JoAnn Fabrics to see what they had on offer and I found a really pretty camel-colored flannel that I knew I wanted to use. The original coat is a thicker woolen-looking material, but because it's so drapey, I think almost any fabric will work. Luckily, the sold flannels are about $3 per yard so it was definitely much more budget-friendly.
3 yards of camel-colored flannel
fabric chalk or disappearing ink pen
Again, I don't have an actual official pattern to share because 1) I'm a sewing novice and 2) this is something that should be customized to your own body. But, I have the general shapes. You'll need two identical pieces to make up the back panel, two pieces to make up each front panel, a collar, and four pieces to make up two pockets.
If you don't want any exposed hemmed edges, sew the collar backwards, meaning, you want the raw edges to be showing on the back of your neck when you're wearing the coat. But, I really like the way the edges are starting to fray (which you'll see in the photos below).