|Pattern Description: (from Pattern Envelope) Simple, A-line coat with hood. Inside patch pockets, snap buckle strap closures, below-knee front curved hem drops to mid-calf in back. Wrong side of fabric will show. |
Pattern Sizing: XS - XXL. The sizing, as with all Sewing Workshop patterns IMO, runs large. My measurements put me at a S bust, and the large end of M at waist & hips. I cut a Small, and shortened both the sleeves and the length. (I'm short!)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Except for my changes, and the fact that my fabric is unusual, yes indeed!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
If you just follow the instructions and don't make any changes, it's SO easy. A lot of bang for the buck on this one!
The instructions, for the most part, are very very good. The only thing that threw me off was the unusual shoulder seams, which are basically a V-shape (dart) cut into the front pieces between the hood & the rest of the front (the hood & front are together in one piece), and how the shoulder seam is attached to the back. Just read through the instructions for this area carefully, and don't be confused by the fact that some stay-stitching around the dart is shown along with instructions to stitch a seam. Do not do what I did, and stitch the dart together. It isn't really a dart. It's the shoulder seam. Have I confused you? Good, now I have company. }
The first step you do is sew on the pockets, so you need to know where you want them right off the bat. I had shortened the length above the pocket placement line by 1", but I still raised the pockets by an inch.
You also need to know where to place the buckle, or closure, if you follow the pattern. I chose not to use their closure method, so I skipped this step.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Absolutely love the lines of this coat! I think it's flattering for many body types, and versatile, because it lends itself to easily using a variety of fabrics. I made a robe (review is Here), and may still make a heavier coat using wool.
Fabric Used: A pleated nylon/poly something or other. The pleats are crazy - running in all different directions, so it presented some challenges working with it, but I love it! I devoted a whole blog post about working with the fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I shortened the length - in part because the pattern was simply too long for me; in part because the pleats in the fabric relaxed a bit. I also did some additional top stitching along the sleeve seams and hood - this was mainly a fabric issue; I wanted to flatten down the pleats and keep them from stretching. The only other change was in the closures - the pattern calls for a self-fabric strip and one buckle closure - I made up my own form of strip and loop closure with 2 buttons - Picture of Closures
Front of Coat, Hood Rolled Down
Hood Flattened Down
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I've already made it twice, and would consider another version - I highly recommend this pattern!
Conclusion: There really isn't a whole lot to add about pattern anomalies or construction details; the patten itself is really that good! The simplicity of it lends itself to easily making design changes if you want, and the basic lines of the pattern are so nice.
I have lots more pictures and details on my blog post here - please feel free to stop by and visit!