Review: FanPlusFriend Elizabethan Coat (Picture Heavy)

As some of you may have heard my lovely boyfriend bought me a FanPlusFriend coat for Christmas. I’ve been saying that I will eventually do a review for too long! So this morning while I had an idea about how to wear the coat I decided to take some detailing shots and finally write this up.

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    •  The lace is amazing quality. Better quality lace than I have ever had before and I think I’ll be measuring other laces quality in comparison to this for a long time. The sleeves and collar sections are both lined in lace that’s perfect. They didn’t add too much at all, but just the right amount and selected it carefully.
    •  The brocade is wonderful, though at times makes the fabric look a lot more silver than it actually is. I think it’s perfect, very pretty and doesn’t have any fabric mistakes at all.
    •  The tag isn’t uncomfortable at all and isn’t is a ridiculously showy place like I know some brand names tend to do.


    • There are strings is parts of the fabric that stick out, generally at the buttons and where the fabric is sewn together, of course but it is a little annoying when you’re doing the buttons up. It always makes me think they’re horribly fragile.

    •  I really liked this coat because it had the option to put the skirt section up into a bustle affect but it turns out you haven’t wear a regular petticoat or crinoline underneath otherwise the back is ridiculously long. I think this is generally because the buttons to hold up the fabric to create this bustle affect are too close together. Alternatively you could use a bustle pad or pocket hoops pannier (which I think I might try because they look awesome!) or a combination of the two.
    •  In my other outfit post while still wondering how to wear this coat I complained about the arms, post here. You can obviously see that the arms are ridiculously too large and have almost no shape, this may be because I had my coat custom made and didn’t include enough measurements, so I’m not entirely blaming FanPlusFriend. I’ve began slightly altering it without actually sewing or cutting anything (a tips post that will be coming soon with explain this further) so it’s not too much of a problem any more, though it could be something to look out for.


    •  The coat isn’t lined but it does use a pretty well done fold over methods on the edges. It doesn’t really bother me. The coat is still amazingly warm.
    • This is not a coat to just throw on and off. There are nine buttons across the front that have corresponding loops of a thick string. It takes quite some time to properly button up this coat as the loops make sure the button just won’t slip out. It takes almost triple this time if you accidentally placed a button in a wrongly corresponding loop and have to undo them all and then redo.  Sure, it awesome though!

Anyway, here is my take on this lovely coat. All in all, I really love this coat and am looking for more opportunities to wear it, though it is summer here so that isn’t possibly for a little while. So, be sure to be seeing this coat styled differently in the future! Preferably when I start corseting again in summer. For anyone who wants the link to the website coat is here.

Best wishes,



  1. Kitty Lovett
    February 18, 2012 / 9:17 am

    I love F+F lace. SO SOFT. LIKE KITTENS

  2. February 18, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    I've had my eye on that coat for a while, thanks for reviewing it 🙂

  3. Phells
    February 19, 2012 / 1:27 am

    I agree with Kitty, however my last package from them smelt like dead fish… Lovely though, once the smell was washed out.

  4. Kayla Osiecki
    February 20, 2012 / 3:45 am

    I would love to see photos of you wearing the coat! A coordinate post with it perhaps?

  5. February 20, 2012 / 5:08 am

    Of course! Though it's horribly hot at the moment. :3

  6. sarys mum
    February 20, 2012 / 1:56 pm

    I have seen this coat it is a very beautiful piece of clothing im looking for that perfect skirt for Sary to wear with it although it would look just as nice worn with stockings and a pair of boots lace ups of course.:-))

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