|Pattern Description: |
Semi-fitted, lined, double-breasted coat has front extending into collar, skirt side front and side back seams, and side pockets.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Overall, the instructions were easy to follow with the exception of the back collar treatment, which was a bit tricky. This is one of the new patterns by Gertie and she posted a great video on her blog that helps explain it much better than the written instructions ever could. That was the only step that threw me for a loop. The rest of the pattern steps are pretty much standard for any lined coat.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
What I liked most about sewing this coat was that I did it with the coat sew-along on Gertie's blog and Flickr. I really appreciated the feedback from the Flickr moderators on the fitting of my muslin. And I also enjoy seeing all the other lovely, lovely coats made by other sew-alongers.
Grey wool for the outer coat and lavender china silk for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not make any alterations or changes to the pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will not sew this again because I don't need more than one coat in this style. Also, it is quite time consuming and I'm looking forward to knocking out a few other garments before the end of the year. I do, however, recommend this pattern to others. It is especially nice that others can still follow along with the original sew along on Gertie's blog, even though they won't be doing a live sew-along so to speak.
This coat requires a large amount of fabric, so if you decide to sew it, be prepared to invest in all that fabric. It is well worth the time and fabric investment, though, because it is a very wearable coat. I love the oversized collar and the cercumference of that skirt. I also love that I don't own anything else like this, so it is truly a unique addtition to my winter wardrobe. When I wore it to church last weekend, I received several positive comments and expressions of disbelief that I made my coat. You can see more photos here on my blog.