Pattern Description: Womens' coat, shawl collar, full skirt. semifitted and lined, side pockets.
Pattern Sizing: 14-20
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Somewhat, I made a contrast collar similar to one suggested in Gerties Blog http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/search/label/Butterick%205824?max-results=20
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very Easy, and there is a lot of online help for this coat.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the fall of the skirt and the lining but the amount of fabric and the fact that finishing the collar is not done to the very end makes this a trial and error project.
Fabric Used: a loose weave boucle wool blend, browns with gold metallic fleck. interfaced with black knit tricot fusible interfacing to stabilize it. Llining 150cm wide Italian anti-static polyester in black. Contrast scrap of crepe.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthened the Skirt for my very tall daughter by 10 cm which meant that the centre back skirt has a seam. The skirt facings had to be pieced together as I ran out of fabric. It was a scary moment as I bought a end roll of fabric and could get no more. I had over 5.5 meters. I interfaced the whole length before cutting as this was a very helpful. I used an overlocker/serger and did a three thread rolled hem for the lining and eased in the excess fullness of the skirt hem by tightening the differential feed to slight gather edging with a 4 thread overlock. . I steamed the hem in and it went well. The buttonholes are bound.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? you need a lot of fabric. I prefer completing collars first. This was a simple process but I had to steam the fit in for a while. If you like the design there are no problems and it was quick to make.
Conclusion: A good experiment and a coat that will last a lifetime.