A feminine peacoat with waist seam and decorative back tab.
34-46 I used a combo 38/40 for my sister.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, Ottobre does a great job of realistically photographing their samples. The coat looks exactly the same as the one in the magazine.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't really follow them because they were a bit wordy and I know basic jacket construction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Really like this pattern as a whole, but the collar would be my favorite. Pockets are nicely inset in the coat as well.
Wool flannel coating from Gorgeous fabrics
Faux fur "Siberian husky" collar from Fabric Empire on Etsy
Rayon leopard print lining also from Gorgeous fabrics
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
OMG people, my sister is so easy to fit. I think she made a deal with the devil to be almost a perfect fit model. I hear her yelling in the background, "But I have short legs!" Shhhhh Shhhhh, you got two good knees to wear 4" heels to get around that. The devil deal still stands.
1. Blended sizes 38/40 because being a bit pear shaped is in our genes.
2. I assumed she would also need a 1/2" forward shoulder adjustment and put it into the muslin. She did so I went back and adjusted the sleeve the same amount for the real coat.
3. The muslin showed that my sister is also narrow in the small of her back. She needed 1/2" taken out of the princess seams right at the waist seam. I blended this out to nothing before reaching the upper back.
4. Shortened the sleeves around 4" because my sister is petite and likes to show off her bracelets.
5. Added 1 3/8" of length to the coat. My fitting muslin did not have the hem turned up and I liked the proportion of the coat with the extra length.
6. I added the faux fur contrast by cutting the facing on the roll line. (This is well marked on the pattern) Seam allowance was added to the two pieces. The lower part was cut in wool, the upper in faux fur. Cut the upper collar in faux fur and sew as instructed.
7. The pattern does not come with a back facing pattern. I drafted one and adjusted the back lining to fit the new piece.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
HECK YEAH! I want one for me. Probably in red, with or without fur collar, I don't care. Why isn't this already made? Darn sewing elves always shirking on the job.
I'd highly recommend the pattern because it's very well drafted and the style is classic.
My sister had input on this coat so it wasn't a surprise gift. However she was very happy about the finished garment. Emailed me to say she got complements on it before she even made it into her office.
If you'd like to see more pictures here is the flickr set and if you want to read any more of my ramblings here is the related blog post.