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|Butterick: 5685 (Misses' Jacket and Coat) - Type:Coat/Jacket |
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|Posted on:||11/20/12 4:13 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
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|Fabric:||Velveteen [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|More on my site, including additional views, close-up shots of some of the details, and some helpful links to coat-centric tutorials. Also, there's a lot of grousing about how this coat was supposed to look boho-hippie-chic and turned out bad-upholstery-roadkill-chic instead. Ooops! Win some/lose some .|
Fully lined, double-breasted women's jacket/coat features a a fitted bodice with custom cup sizing, a flared bottom cut to one of three lengths, and a dramatic variation on a shawl collar.
B5 (8-10-12-14-16) or FF (16-18-20-22). Bodice pieces for A/B cup, C cup, or D cup. I made a size 8 with the A/B cup pieces.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Not really -- but that's the product of poor fabric choice and deliberate modifications. Between the too-stiff-and-heavy fabric, the ill-conceived attempt to narrow the waist, and the RIDICULOUS faux fur, I've created a monster. I said it over on my blog ... this thing looks like the psychedelic pimp coat lovechild of the magic carpet from Aladdin and a yeti.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
IMPORTANT: If you decide to make this coat, do NOT -- I repeat, do NOT -- bother with the instructions. They're crazy. Too much slip-stitching; too much bulk in the waist seam and along the collar. I really, really suggest reading previous reviews of this pattern for excellent tips on assembling this pattern -- which, despite the absurd instructions, is exceptionally well-drafted.
A few of the other reviews have some very helpful tips, but I think washer_woman's probably has the clearest explanation of an easier way to assemble this thing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The collar is what initially caught my eye with this pattern. I'd been wanting to sew a dramatic, fur-trimmed coat for a while -- the kind of thing you'd picture at a winter Woodstock -- and I thought the big collar would lend itself nicely to the look.
I was wrong.
Obviously, I wasn't wild about the instructions. I also found that, despite using the smallest cup size, the coat was wayyyyy too wide through the waist and ribcage -- even though it fit quite well through the shoulders. A rather strange fit before alteration...
Cotton velveteen from Fabric Mart for the shell, a quilted lining fabric from Wawak.com (BEST NOTION/SEWING SUPPLY SITE EVER), and a long pile faux fur from Fabric Depot.
The velveteen is lovely in person but much stiffer and heavier than I expected. I could've skipped the interfacing on it altogether and wish I had; I think the front of the coat would've laid better that way.
I love the quilted lining and definitely recommend it if you're looking to make a medium weight coat and want to cut corners/save time by skipping an interlining.
As for the fur? Meh. It looks exactly like what was advertised and wasn't nearly as hellish to work with as I expected, but it just looks ... weird. Thank God I made the collar detachable. Otherwise, I really don't think I'd ever wear this thing.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took the coat in along the sides quite a bit but could only do so much without interfering with the arms. I drafted a detachable collar and sewed on cuffs as well. (The collar's actually easier for a relative newbie than you might think! Coletterie offers a fabulous tutorial.)
Also, because I hadn't yet declared defeat and thought this could turn out well at the time, I did bound buttonholes. This was a great learning experience and awesome way to make your sewing look fancypants professional, so I don't regret it, even if the hard work will likely never see the light of day. Great couple bound buttonhole tutorials here and here.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I won't bother with this again. It didn't fit me very well and looks to distinctive for a second incarnation. I'd tentatively recommend it though -- but stick to standard coating fabrics. I'd look at the other reviews and check out the fabrics they went with, as those seemed to look a lot better.
At least I won't need to scramble to find a costume next time I'm invited to a heroin addict theme party?
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