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|StyleArc: Grace Trans-seasonal Coat (Grace Trans-seasonal Coat) - Type:Coat/Jacket |
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|Posted on:||12/18/12 7:36 PM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Wool Coating [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: From the Style Arc website: This is an easy to sew, unlined coat with a fabulous collar – wear it up hugging the neck or open to give a more casual look. Great deep buttoned pockets that are able to carry all that you need. Interesting seam treatment along with the bound edges gives this coat a unique look.|
The Grace coat is a fashionable over coat and will become one of your favourites.
Pattern Sizing: Australian sizing 6-30. I made my usual size 18. It is a loose-fitting pattern, so when I did the FBA, I added to the length only, since there was enough width.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I made quite a few intentional changes. So yes and no.
Collar folded down.
Collar standing up
Collar when open
Closeup of selvedge on sleeve hem, curved welt pocket, and toggle clasp
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't really use them. I made extensive changes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the silhouette which is loose fitting with a large armscye, so it is easy to wear and will go over lots of garments. But it's not *too* big and overwhelming. A perfect draft!
Fabric Used: Novelty black and white reversible wool for the main body. I didn't have enough of it for the facings, so I used a solid black wool for those. I used two lining fabrics as I didn't have enough of either. I used a solid black silk charmeuse that was fused with interfacing (so it was easy to cut and sew) for the sleeve and pocket linings, and a wild black and white poly charmeuse print to line the body.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Lots! This is a partial list, there is more info on the blog.
- Made the closure asymmetric.
- Swapped out the collar for a simple rectangular collar.
- Instead of buttons or snaps, used two toggle-style clasps. I used some special leather tools to punch the holes in these.
- Instead of the pockets with flaps, I used curved welt pockets.
- Used the fabric selvedge on the right front edge and the sleeve hems.
- Added darts, but sewed them as curved darts.
- Added 1" shoulder pads.
- Omitted the cuffs, and made the sleeves longer to fold them back.
- The coat is unlined, but I drafted linings and facings. (The original front facings didn't accommodate the asymmetric closure.
- I used a couple covered large-sized washers in the hem at the back to improve the hang.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! This is a fabulous coat! I can already tell this will be my go-to winter coat.
Conclusion: A *great* pattern with a great fit. More on the blog, including more pics and more info on how I did the toggle closures.
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