Today I wanted to share with you a few patterns that I have found that match some of the Duchess of Cambridge’s (Kate Middleton) ensembles that she wore during her 2016 Canada tour.
Most of these garments have not been easy to find a duplicate pattern for but do not despair! I have found some amazing patterns through different pattern makers.
Let’s start our tour of patterns with Kate’s arrival dress.
It was a Jenny Packham bespoke dress, a classic sheath that hits just below the knee with a self belt, slightly puffed sleeves that are fluted and bracelet-length, and a hidden zipper with princess seaming at the bodice, darts at the hip
This is a tricky one, as are all the patterns that I match to her outfits, but I think I found a close replica that with just some minor adjustments, you too could look like a princess fresh off a plane.
Pattern: Burda 7137 Dress B & C
Dress B will give you the approximate sleeve length that you would want while dress c provides you with the collar. Now this dress, as I mentioned, is not exactly a match however with an adjustment of the collar, the neckline in the back of the dress, and the addition of your own belt at the waist no one would really know that it isn’t the same dress. 😉
Another beautiful piece that she wore was a red CH Carolina Herrera coat.
The original coat is a fitted bodice and full skirt, pockets at the hip, double-breasted styling and a Peter Pan collar. The material consists of a double-faced wool/cashmere blend.
Pattern: Butterick B6143
By no means is this pattern an exact RepliKate, it would need a major alteration to become a perfect match however I feel that it gives off the same vibe as the original coat. This is a single breasted coat with princess seams, rounded collars, and side pockets. The collar could be adjusted so that is was just a simple peter pan collar but it still has the princess seams that we see a lot in the Duchess’ coats and dresses.
I am still on the hunt for patterns that would match the remainder of her formal wardrobe, especially that red midi length dress that I am still drooling over. Once I find them I will be sure to share.
Looking to copy some of the Duchess’ more casual look? Then read on my friends for I have a treat for you!
Have you wanted to get your hands on that H&M off the shoulder top only to find it sold out in your size? Guess what! There’s a pattern for that. How about that Jacket that just makes the look that much more classy? There’s a bunch of patterns for that too!!
H&M RepliKate Pattern: BurdaStyle.com Princess Seam Boatneck Top 02/2014 #104
This pattern is just the absolute perfect match! Now this pattern does have princess seams where as the original doesn’t but again no one will notice but you.
Now onto the jacket, it has two slanted front flap pockets, a welt pocket at the chest, a single button closure, triple buttons at the cuff and a center back vent.
Pattern: Vogue Pattern V9099
This jacket has all of the features you need to create the perfect RepliKate such as a center back vent, all of the correct pockets, and even the buttons on the sleeves. Their are a couple of alterations that would need to be made that would make this jack a complete replica.
1.) Convert from a two button closure to a single button closure
2.) only have 3 buttons on the sleeves instead of 4
Really these alterations wouldn’t even need to be made. With the right material it would be a dead ringer.
Since we are on the topics of coats, let’s discuss this gray number from Canada’s Sentaler brand.
This wrap coat with ribbed sleeves, has a shawl collar, slit pockets, and a tie belt. It is made of 60% superfine alpaca and 40% wool.
Pattern: McCall’s M7057
This is a great match for Kate’s Canadian brand coat. Coat B with the side pocket variation is perfect. No alterations would need to be made, in my opinion, to have yourself a perfect RepliKate.
Now in terms of the ribbed sleeves, I am a complete novice when it comes to that area. If there is a reader out there that knows how to do it please feel free to comment below.
There you have it my fellow readers and sewers. Just a few of the extensive wardrobe pieces that the Duchess wore during her tour. I hope you all have a chance to sew at least one of these incredible pieces for your own RepliKate wardrobe in the near future.