April 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

Black Chesterfield coat with detachable vest

Last week I finished up the quilted Chesterfield coat I had been working on and was able to get some shots before it was delivered.

The client selected a Dormeuil wool and cashmere blend cloth (80/20%) in a 17oz weight. I had used this cloth several times to make overcoats, but to make this coat extra warm we decided to quilt the lining and also to make a detachable quilted lining which evolved into a vest.

Top collar and vest made from Holland and Sherry Moleskin

We decided on a classic Chesterfield or “Crombie” style coat which is a fairly tailored coat featuring a fly front. Often this coat features a contrasting or matching collar in velvet but for durability I advised using a fine black moleskin from Holland and Sherry. Another idea behind this choice was that I wanted to make the vest from this cloth so I felt that it tied the two pieces together nicely.

Quilted moleskin vest with soft leather trim

A heavy cotton/viscose blend was used to line the vest and the coat sleeves

Attached vest, the large square in the bottom left is a "poachers pocket"

In the above photograph you can see how the vest attaches via buttons as well as the actual coat interior. The sleeve linings of the coat were not quilted as I thought this would hinder movement so I used a heavy viscose/cotton lining here and for the vest interior. The large “poachers pocket” otherwise known as a newspaper pocket is rather useful for gloves or a scarf.

Viscose/satinlining imported from England and Quilted in Brooklyn by Supreme Quilting

The coat has a hidden throat latch and can be buttoned all the way up

Hand stitched working buttonholes

All manufacturing work on this coat was carried out locally in New York and all materials were sourced  from  England, France or the U.S.A



  • Kurt N says:

    Very cool. Love the collar design, with the exposed vest collar and the ability to button the main collar all the way up using that hidden throat latch.

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