The Yona is definitely one of the garments that sold me on Project #SewMyStyle. I’m a total sucker for menswear inspired coats. I spent most of last November and December on a hunt for a longer version of this coat that would be long enough for me! When I saw this pattern was included in this year’s lineup of makes, I immediately started dreaming of different options and looks. I’ve drifted from what I initially envisioned, but you’ll have to wait till the end of the month to see the final product! And I may even return to this pattern to go with my original idea… Let’s talk about what I’ve found as variations on the Yona wrap coat for you all to try! All images below are linked to my Pin on Pinterest.
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Variations on the Yona Wrap Coat
1 – Plaid
If I liked matching plaid at all, my Yona wrap coat would DEFINITELY be in some sort of delicious plaid tweed. As it stands, my plaid matching skills aren’t worthy of a coat yet, so someone please make a plaid Yona so I can live vicariously through you! This plaid is definitely one of my dream plaids, but this version is a little budget-friendlier. And this plaid is also machine washable!
2 – Leather accents
I love the idea of bringing a little more edge to this already modern coat with leather accents. The top of the notched collar would look so cool in black leather, and so would the pockets! You could also do some “bias tape” around part or all of the coat in leather. I’ve used this faux leather before, and it’s definitely lightweight enough to do a collar or bias tape in.
3 – Contrast elements
I think you could easily cut the collar to be a contrast fabric from the rest of your coat. If you’re not ready to commit to the collar, try making the underside of the belt in a contrast. Or, you could just stick to a really awesome lining! Any of Cotton + Steel’s lawns would be a great choice, but I’m partial to the new celestial print, or those classic flamingoes. Why not put a pop of summer into a winter coat?
4 – Velvet
Okay, I reeeeeaaaaally want a velvet Yona wrap coat, but I had trouble finding non-stretch velvet. I think non-stretch fabric is vital for this pattern. The pattern calls for medium to heavy weight fabric, and since velvet is lighter, I wouldn’t want to risk combining that with stretch. But how amazing would a burgundy or dusty pink coat be, or one in this amazing tapestry-style velvet? I need!
1 – Lean into the boyish vibe
Making this a masculine coat is so easy. Use a dark boiled wool or a nubbly tweed to infiltrate the boys’ club! I can just imagine a great gray tweed Yona wrap coat with jewel tone pants and velvet loafers… Someone send that outfit my way!
2 – Feminize the silhouette
At the same time, you could easily bring some feminine details to the Yona. Draft the skirt of the coat out into an A-line, or add some faux fur to the cuffs. Now I’m envisioning someone wearing the Yona to ice skate…
Up for more of a challenge? I think two collar modifications would be perfect for a Yona Wrap Coat!
1 – Shawl collar
A shawl collar would also go a long way towards feminizing the Yona wrap coat. It’d definitely make this coat more winter-friendly, too, especially if you’re in a place that has a chilly-but-not-cold winter. This collar would be so cozy with a big chunky scarf! It’d look best in a heavier weight fabric, though, so you get the true shawl look and not just like a melting collar.
2 – A drapey collar
Okay, so maybe “drapey collar” isn’t the technical term for this, but hell if I know it. I think this could actually be a pretty easy hack, although it’d be easier if it didn’t have raglan sleeves, I think. Really it just calls for making sure the neckline is as rectangular as possible, and has some excess in the front to drape. Unlike the shawl collar, a fabric in a middle weight would allow this hack to fall best.
Whee! Eight whole ways to make the Yona Wrap Coat feel perfect for you. And if you’re still in the market for Yona Wrap Coat inspiration, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to the pattern. Do you have big plans for this coat? I’d love to hear more about them in the comments, or see them on Instagram! You can use #maddiemadethis to show me anything you make inspired by a hack I post — you may just show up on my own account or in my newsletter!