- To me, nothing beats the picture of a garment being actually worn; and I wanted to wait until Seb could take pictures of me. No, folks, there’s no way I’m hopping to and from a tripod at the moment. Not even to make you happy. 😉
- It seems a fluffy creature with light grey fur has been sleeping on/against the coat some day when I wasn’t there. And I can’t find the fur remover brush. Again, I’m waiting for Seb to help me there. I fear I’m a bit OCD when it comes to kitty fur on a garment. Especially one I’ve spent so much care and time over!
6-22. I used sizes 6 and 8. I always need to use a size smaller for the back. I usually use a 10 for the bust, but it didn’t seem necessary here, given the coat’s amount of ease.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Not much, given my alterations.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
What drew me to the pattern was the pleats feature, which you sew inside out as compared to regular pleats.
I didn’t like the wide, wide sleeves… I mean, I actually do like them; I think all this fabric adds a nice touch of warmth and luxuriousness; but they would have looked ridiculous on poor small me. They would have overwhelmed my 5’1/2″ (154-cm) frame, and made me look like a little girl bundled up in a coat that is too big for her.
I found the absence of lining a bit absurd, at least for a winter coat: see below.
Shell: burgundy poly-wool blend, bought in the coating section of my favourite fabric store in Paris (chosen with dear Tany, and therefore a treasure!).
Lining: turquoise poly. You can see it peeking through the sleeves here:
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
– I lengthened the sleeves by 6 cm (about 2 1/2″).
– Given my short size, I shoud have “petited” (shortened) the pattern; the pattern even had lines to do it; but I prefered a longer jacket, since this is more a coat than a jacket for me.
– Since I liked the width of the sleeves but not the figure it created, I decided to keep the width, but cinch the sleeves with belts. This was suggested in the Fall issue of the Sew Stylish magazine.
– I lined the coat entirely.
Lining a jacket was a first for me… imagine adding your first lining to a jacket where the pattern didn’t have any pattern or directions for one. It required a lot of thinking and reading; a couple of friends kindly offered advice, as well. Many thanks to them! 🙂
I documented the whole process here.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I won’t sew the coat/jacket again. You only need one such coat in your closet! 🙂
I certainly hope to make something from the rest of this wardrobe pattern. There are lots of opportunities with this pattern.
I would definitely recommend it; the pattern is well drafted, the explanations very clear, and SewStylish magazine demonstrates how easy it is to take the pattern as a sheer base and alter it to make it fully yours.
The colour is very true to life here: a deep, ever so slightly pinkish burgundy. I love wearing this kind of deep red with a cold tinge. Red looks good against my hair, but since I have a cold (pink, not peachy) colouring, anything with yellow/orange undertones will look terrible against my skin; whereas purply/pinkish reds are great.
I thought this would add a nice touch of colour among my black and white autumn/winter 07/08 wardrobe.
I believe this is one of my best sewing achievements so far. I learned lots while making this coat, went the extra mile to make it special (adding a pretty lining, handstitching the hem and collar band, etc); and I shall wear it with pride!
I would like to add special thoughts for Tany. From beginning to end, I created this with Tany in mind. She helped me choose the fabric, introduced me to knit interfacing (which is fantastic), taught me in the store to add interfacing to the hem… Tany, while making the coat, I could hear and see you, just as if you were with me. Just as when you were with me, on Oct. 31. *Hugs!*
I had made a plum coat last year, but it was unlined (it was thick boiled wool); it’s pretty, and doesn’t have any technical faults that I’m aware of; however, comparing my two coats today, I can see how much I have learned over the past year.
I feel that every progress I make with my sewing draws me closer to my Grandma. This is greatly thanks to many of you wonderful seamstresses who are so generous with your talent and inspiration. Thank you!!
Back to gift sewing! 🙂 Have a great day/evening, everybody.