Project Runway Collection misses' & miss petite coat in two lengths with collar, sleeve and belt variations.
I used this pattern as the base to recreate the green coat "Chuck wore in Pushing Daisies episode "Corpsicle." I'd wanted this coat since the first time I saw it!
4-22 I used the size 18 but probably should have used size 16 since I took in much of the coat.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I did not use the instructions at all.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Pluses - Simplicity gives you a lot of options for the money. I especially like having a single breasted and double breasted option in the same pattern. I found this pattern very easy to put together and didn't need to look at the instructions once.
Minuses - A one piece sleeve in a lined coat pattern? Really? I'll give allowances for unlined "easy" blazers, but this type of pattern should come with a two piece sleeve.
All fabric was from the deep stash strata.
Medium weight wool coating from emmaonesock
Polyester lining from gorgeous fabrics
Leopard suede cloth (on belt) from JoAnn's
Snaps and belt buckle from fabricsandbuttons.com (Waechters)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I started with the single breasted, two piece collar and short length version.
1. Changed the size and shape of the lapels to mimic my inspiration photo.
2. Made the collar one piece which wrapped around the neck. Increased under collar dart intake to 1".
3. Added a decorative yoke to the back of the coat. (There were no shots of the back on my inspiration photos, so I make some design changes I liked.)
4. Added large snaps instead of buttons. Also added some top stitching detail around the snaps.
5. Used 2 piece sleeve from Colette Anise pattern but with the sleeve diameter reduced 1" at the front most seam.
6. Created my own belt and used this Method to make belt carriers instead of using self fabric.
1. Reduced shoulder width by 1/4".
2. Took in front princess line seam 3/8" from shoulder to hip.
3. Took in side seams 1" from underarm to hip
4. Took in CB seam 3/4" at high back, 2" at low back (sway back) back out to 3/4" all the way down to the hem.
5. Took about 1 1/4 between back yoke seam and lower back piece to get rid of gaping and generally too much fabric in the lower back area.
6. Dropped armhole 1/2." (Between these two adjustments I did not have to changed the size of the sleeve head. Yes!)
7. 1/2" Sway back adjustment. (Probably needed a larger one but the yoke adjustment saved the day)
8. Added 1/2 to the bottom of the hem in the back of the coat since I need a little extra length to go over my tush.
Should have done my standard forward shoulder adjustment of 1/2" but had a senior moment and forgot all about it until the real fabric was cut.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew this pattern again, it's probably the most flattering coat style for my figure. Would recommend it to others.
The wonderful thing about this project was that I bought almost everything for it years ago. Only new purchases were the snaps and belt buckle. I'm really happy to have sewn up some "deep" stash and finally follow through on one of my crazy sewing plans. Hooray!
I've finally wrote a blog post about this project, you can find it here