|Pattern Description: |
Lined coats A, B, C in two lengths, A-line, with or without collar, close-fitting with princess seams, back pleats, long sleeves with elbow dart and topstitching trim. C: stand-up collar. A: length is above mid-knee. B, C: length is mid-knee.
I chose for view C, with stand-up collar.
8-24. I cut a size 16 and used the C-cup pattern pieces, based on my upper bust and full bust measurements.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, pretty much. However my finished length is somewhere in-between view A and views B/C. More on this below.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This pattern is part of the Very Easy Vogue collection. Making a lined coat or jacket can be daunting, but the instructions were very clear and this pattern would be a good choice for an advanced beginner or intermediate sewist looking to make their first coat.
Of course I had to make a mistake! I somehow completely ignored the fact I had to cut 4 front pieces and only cut 2. When I reached the part where I had to join the front facing to the lining, I thought: "Facing? What facing? OMG! I forgot to cut the facings!" *facepalm* Unfortunately for me, I only had small bits of fabric remnants, none were nowhere near long enough to allow me to cut the 2 missing front pieces. I first considered tossing the coat in a corner and forget it ever existed, but instead I basically joined 2 remnant pieces together and ended up with a piece long enough to cut my facings. Halleluia! Lucky for me, the facings are on the inside, so no one will ever know I made a mistake...
Facings, pieced together
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's easy to put together, after making sure all markings are transferred properly. I used tailor tacks, as a marking pencil was useless with my fabric.
The overall design of the coat appealed to me. The A-line gives it a bit of a vintage feel. I like the top-stitching, the crisp back pleat and the stand-up collar, which can also be worn open.
Close-up back, with top-stitching and pleats
A wool tweed in teal/black. The lining is plain black poly satin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I wanted the coat to hit me precisely at the knee. Not above, not below. So I ended up lenghtening view A by 5 cm. I also shortened the sleeves of 4 cm.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I definitely recommend this pattern, however I'm not sure if I'll sew it again. I have several other coats patterns in my stash, ready to be used.
Great pattern if you are looking to make your first coat or jacket. Can be appropriate for summer or winter, depending on your fabric.