The Never Ending Coat
This coat has been a long time coming. And I’m glad it’s done, but I don’t know if sewing a thick wool coat was the best idea in this heat. It makes it worse that my sewing room is the hottest room in the apartment (that is the main reason I get to have a sewing room all to myself!). Needless to say, when I started sweating profusely I had to just put it all down and take a water break.
I first bought the fabric and notions for this coat nearly 2 years ago because I’ve hated the winter coat I’ve been using forever. I finally decided since I wasn’t doing anything this summer that I needed to just take the plunge and do it. I even did everything the way I’m supposed to instead of cutting corners like usual – interfacing everywhere, cotton batting underlining for extra warmth, even hand sewing the lining sleeve cap in place. It has tested my patients, but it’s worth it in the end. I won’t be getting cold this winter in subzero blizzards!
Pattern Description: Lined, fitted coat in various lengths, has raised waistline with back princess seams and pleat, front button closing. A, C, D, E: side seam pockets. A, D, E: back tab. C, D, E: optional snaps at lower front opening. E: sleeve tabs.
Pattern Sizing: 8-14, I cut a 12 instead of my usual 10 to accommodate the batting underlining and other layers I’d be wearing underneath.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for the changes I made.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s a simple stylish coat that I don’t think will go out of style anytime soon. The only thing that would have made it better is a hood, but I’m not complaining.
Fabric Used: Wool suiting, Super Waterproof and Breathable-Tex (2-ply) from Seattle Fabrics in purple, and cotton batting for the inner layer.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made it thicker with the cotton batting underlining; instead of buttons up the front I put in a zipper that goes all the way down to prevent wind from blowing the coat open; left off the back tab thing; used the collar from view E and the length of the coat in view A.
Would you sew it again? Probably not, at least not as a winter coat.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes it is really easy to sew and a great look.