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Date: 1/17/14 8:18 PM

I decided to take the plunge and make a coat this year. I used Simplicity 3627 B as my template, but also lengthened the coat to 3" above the knee and underlined it with a waterproof, breathable nylon so that it would be more suitable to Wisconsin winters. I plan to add a Thinsulate interlining and I have a green silk taffeta for the lining fabric. I will also secure it with buttons all the way down the front. My fashion fabric is the Ultracuddle Pink Minky from Joann. I've never used minky before, so it's been quiiiiite a learning experience. The coat itself will be pretty lightweight when finished.
My questions are, how much weight do I add to the hem, if any? Should it be a lightweight chain, or do I just need stainless washers at the corners?
And this sounds stupid, but what are "the corners"? I want to avoid the weights showing through the minky, so do I need to encase them in something?
Any help would be really appreciated.
-- Edited on 1/17/14 8:57 PM --

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Date: 1/17/14 11:00 PM

I recommend the chain. Allow easy access so it can be removed when the coat needs laundering or dry cleaning.

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Date: 1/18/14 11:28 AM

Ooo, thank you PattiAnnJ. I think I can do this….before winter is over. I really really want to wear it this year.

I just got a copy of Couture Sewing Techniques today and there's a small section on sewing the chain. Hurray!

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Date: 1/18/14 11:39 AM

A minky coat? You are going to have problems with people wanting to touch you. You must share a photo of this coat when you are finished. I love making jackets and coats because we can play with the fabric and lining combinations.

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Date: 1/19/14 3:01 PM

Haha, no doubt! This minky is so soft. I received a minky bathrobe as a present and that was the first time I thought I could love something made of polyester. But there is pink fuzz ALL over the place! I find it in my hair, lol.
I will try to post pics when it's completed. That will be the next step in navigating this crazy big website.
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Date: 2/3/14 6:49 PM

Alright! There is a little work left to do on this. I decided not to weight the hem and am now regretting that. So that will be done hopefully this week. And then I have a lot of bulk in the front hem corners which I will be removing when I add the weight. I also wish I'd done a toile on it since the pattern shoulders are really rounded compared to mine and not nearly wide enough. It still fits, but not the way the pattern intended. I love what how well the green taffeta complements the pink. Sooooo pretty!
I got my Couture Sewing book and found the welt pocket instructions. Since the side seams are so far back I figured I would probably never find pockets attached to them so welt pockets seemed like the only option. And it was so worth the two days I spent deciphering the instructions.

But this thing is super warm! And the minky is so soft! This coat is totally outside my very black-heavy wardrobe style range. It's forcing me to be more girly (definitely a necessity in my life). And this whole process has been a super learning experience for me. It brought back a lot of the stuff I learned years ago, and introduced me to new techniques. I hand sewed the whole lining. That was time consuming, but very relaxing and rewarding. All in all I love this coat. I'll probably be tweaking it until it falls apart because I can never leaving anything alone. But I don't so much love the minky. I'm pretty sure I won't be using it again for any other patterns.

Here is the sort of front view

And the sort of back

The inside green silk taffeta, which I love with the pink

And the front view

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