|Pattern Description: |
Semi-fitted, lined coat has rolled collar, yokes, side panels, no shoulder or side seams, side front pockets and two-piece sleeves.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I did not alter the sleeve length, but sleeves look longer on me than on model.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Previous reviewers pointed out errors in instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the unusual piecing of the sleeves and yoke. It truly is a unique silhouette. The rolled collar is one of my favorite features. Downsides: I agree with Nikki about the lack of instructions specific to sewing coats and dealing with coating weight fabric.
Wool coating from B&J Fabrics, coat lining from Vogue Fabrics. When I was sewing, I thought maybe the fabric was too heavy, but it turned out to be just perfect. It's just right for a very cold day, and more stylish than a down coat!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a muslin beforehand and decided to go one size larger from the waist down. The finished coat shows some caved-in areas on the back shoulder/yoke area, which I didn't pick up on when constructing the muslin. I'm not sure how I would have altered out the extra fabric because of the unusual sleeve/yoke construction. I think it might be beyond my skill level! I used horsehair canvas and padstitched all the pieces. I considered Nikki's comments about eliminating the facing on the rolled collar, but decided to leave it as is. The facing adds some stability and plumpness to the collar.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I highly recommend this pattern. It is comfortable to wear with plenty of room in the sleeve/shoulder area, even if you're wearing a sweater. Because of the way I handled the interfacing, there was a lot of hand sewing involved, but otherwise it sews up quite fast.
I love this coat and wear it every chance I get!