#Focus On# The Opium Coat

Written by Eléonore
October 5 2018 | The patterns

Today I’m telling you more about Opium: the perfect pattern to dive into the world of coat-making!

Many of you had been asking for a Deer&Doe coat, and this idea had been on our minds for a few winters… now after long months in the making, Opium is finally born! This swing coat has a modernized retro flair and can be worn as well buttoned and wide as cinched with a belt for a hourglass silhouette. A must-have in your winter wardrobe!

By the way, did you know that the name of our first jacket pattern, now discontinued, meant poppy in French (Pavot)? What better way to celebrate our first coat pattern than a nod to our very beginnings 😉


You’ve never sewn a coat? Opium is the perfect pattern to dive in! Its raglan sleeves and simple lines make for an easy construction, with just the right amount of details to keep it interesting.

Despite its level 5, Opium is a good introduction to more involved pieces, as it is accessible thanks to its use of modern tailoring methods that use strategically placed iron-on interfacing.


The highlight of Opium is no doubt the origami-style pockets! No need to worry though, the construction is a simple variation on the classic welt pocket, with a few tweaks for maximum effect!


Tailor collar, lining, Opium has all the features of a true masterpiece! We worked especially hard on the techniques used to put the coat together, so that the construction of these elements would be not only easy and fun but would also lead to a perfect result.


Opium is either closed with two large sew-on snaps (version A), or with a self-fabric belt (version B), which makes it a very versatile pattern! Worn over pants or a dress, open or closed, with a retro or modern styling, cinched or loose, it works for everybody!



How do you picture your Opium coat?

Get the Opium coat in our online shop in paper (sizes 34 to 46) format, or in PDF format up to size 52! Check back soon for fabric recommendations and inspirations!

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