|Pattern Description: MEN'S COAT AND BELT: Unlined (I drafted my own lining), double-breasted, below mid-knee length coat has raglan sleeves, welt pockets, collar, collar band, back vent opening, back rain flap, carriers, stitched hems, flat fell seams, topstitch trim, button, hook and eye closing, belt.|
Pattern Sizing: size 34
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly. I raised the welt pockets, and added patch pockets with flaps.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It went together well. The illustrations for the welt pocket were very helpful (I'm a visual learner, so I liked that!)
Fabric Used: wool-poly coating blend from fabric.com; a black tweed.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: My now 16 year old son is a huge fan of the new Sherlock Holmes TV series, and he wanted Sherlock's coat http://blueblackinkbooks.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/tumblr_lj9xrtgdsd1qdojd4o1_500.jpg for his birthday this month. It is no longer sold, but cost £3500 when it was! So I googled every view of the coat I could , and adapted the closest men's coat pattern I could find, Vogue 8720. It is out of print, but I found a copy on eBay. The changes I made to make it look like Sherlock's coat were: 1. Raised the welt pocket to chest level. 2. Added patch pockets with flaps below the waist, where the welt pockets originally were. 3. Lengthened the collar so it would extend above the ears. 4. I added cuffs to the sleeves. 5. I re-spaced the buttons. 6. I changed the back significantly, by adding a seam at the waistline, a single pleat above the waist, 3 pleats below the waist, and a short belt attached to the back waist. I omitted the back yoke and the buckled belt in the pattern.
Would you sew it again? Probably not. One men's trench coat is enough for a while! Would you recommend it to others? Yes.
Conclusion: He loves it! I'm so glad! I made it as a surprise, and he truly was. He didn't think one could be found that was affordable. We still haven't told him I made it, out of fear that a teenage boy would not be caught dead in a homemade coat. I even took out a label from one of my T-shirts and sewed it into the coat, so it would look store bought. As soon as he wears it to school (waiting for cold enough weather) and gets the OK from his friends that it's cool, I'll tell him the real story.
Update: He wears it to school occasionally, and for walking the dog daily, but makes sure to wear the coat to all his "important occasions", such as things with his friends or cousins, and math and science meets. (Did you figure we're all a little geeky here?!) We've decided to wait at least a year before we tell him. I did find some grayish blue wool and will make the Sherlock scarf which he asked for as a Christmas gift.