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Posted on:2/11/14 10:13 AM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 6 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $30.00 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Wool Coating  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, lined jacket has collar, collar band, shoulder pads, back yoke, forward shoulder seams, side panels, no side seams, welt pockets (inside), button tab, back vent, and two-piece sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: 40, 42, 44, 46. I traced the pieces for size 44.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I decided not to include the button and button hole on the collar. I also decided not to sew the tab buttons unless the wearer wants them.

Other changes or additions: I added cotton flannel interlining to the yoke, back, side fronts, and sleeves. Unfortunately, I forgot to use the lining pieces to cut these out. Instead I used the pattern pieces. This wasn't a huge issue at all, but I felt silly afterwards.

There is a good amount of hand sewing to do for this garment. This is what I did for the hem (I hope it makes sense): I ironed a long rectangular band (2 inches wide by however long the coat hem was) of interfacing an inch above the whole garment edge. I catch-stitched the wool hem to this piece of interfacing (this way, no stitches showed up on the outside). I then slip-stitched the lining to the hem. I did the same thing with the sleeve hems.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. At first I was worried because there were a lot of pieces, but there is a lot of straight stitching in this pattern. This helped me feel more comfortable and confident as I worked.

The most tricky part for me was sewing the inside welt pockets. I kept thinking over and over that anything I did would mess them up for good. Mine did not come out even (as I've never sewn these types of pockets before), but they don't look like a complete mess.

Another unexpected thing happened with the side pockets. When it came time to turn them to the inside after sewing them in place, there was extra fabric extending past the edges of the pocket opening. This was clearly visible on the outside of the coat. This was easily fixed by sewing the pocket fabric short of these edges. However, I was not expecting this after following the directions.

Overall, after carefully reading the directions, I checked (and double-checked) my work, and the directions made sense.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I didn't like that it informed me to sew the tab buttons last. If I did this, I would be sewing through the lining. It would've been nicer if it instructed me to do this before slip-stitching the lining to the hem.

Fabric Used: I used 100% wool suiting for the fashion fabric, cotton flannel for the interlining, Pellon Easy Knit fusible for the interfacing, and anti-static lining (everything was from Jo-ann).

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again. I didn't find anything in this pattern that was incredibly difficult to do. I would definitely recommend this. Now that it's complete, I feel I got more worried in the beginning than I should have.

Conclusion: If you've sewn straight lines, put sleeves in a garment, and sewn a collar, this coat will not be too difficult for you. Just be sure to press the seams along the way and take your time with the pockets. If you do your stitching right, you'll be able to see the quality in the coat as you're working on it. This will push you to complete it and in the end you can feel proud of your skills!
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atymonw said...
So impressed! You did a beautiful job with this coat.
2/11/14 11:07 AM
tsedai said...
Looks fantastic!
2/11/14 11:18 AM
dolcevita said...
Lovely work and a very nice coat.
2/11/14 12:40 PM
slmstyle said...
Nice job! Your coat looks really great!
2/11/14 1:22 PM
becca a said...
Gorgeous coat! It looks fabulous with all the details and nice lines. Beautiful work.
2/12/14 10:15 AM
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