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Posted on:2/23/14 5:48 PM
Project Photo:Butterick: 5960 by solosmocker

Butterick: 5960 by solosmocker  Butterick: 5960 by solosmocker  
Pattern Photo:Butterick 5960
Butterick Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $19.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Cashmere  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: "Loose fitting coat has front extending into collar, side front seams, back extending slightly forward, side pockets stitched in place and sleeves with stitched hems and fold back cuffs. Lined, with inside pockets." My description: Shawl collared coat with collar extending to hem, lined, large topstitched pockets, sleeves extending wider as the reach the cuff, foldback cuffs. Katherine Tilton is the designer.

Pattern Sizing:I used the Size Y envelope which included extra small, small, and medium. I made the Extra Small as there is much ease built into this garment.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think mine looks a bit more structured and less like a bathrobe. I made a leather sash to wear with it so it has a more hourglass look.

Were the instructions easy to follow? They had their issues, one of which is telling you to sew through all thicknesses at the bottom and top of the pocket opening. If you saw how this is drawn and worded on the pattern sheet you would sew through all layers and not get your hand in. There were other issues as well which I go into on my blog but in the end, I really like my final result.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the look but disliked the total lack of structure, other than interfacing the front facing/ collar. I added lots of tailoring techniques which I think gave me a better made garment that will last far longer and look better than what I would I have had just following the pattern directions.

Fabric Used: 70%Cashmere/30% wool. It is lovely and really glows. I got it at Fabric Place Basement in Natick, Mass, great place.
The lining is Kasha from Vogue Fabrics. Hair canvas was the chosen interfacing. Faux leather was used for one side of the sash. I added a very colorful strip of poly charmeuse between the lining and the facing which you can see here.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Many, many changes will can be grouped under "tailoring". I added many techniques such as a padded hem, stays, and other touches. It really helped this coat not look like a bathrobe.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I won't be sewing this again, as once is enough. I would recommend it with reservations. It is critical to read the pattern carefully.

Conclusion: I think I now have a great coat that will provide years of wear. This is because I added more structure than the pattern specified and the garment looks better for it. I do not like how the collar does not quite know what it wants to be and lots of steam and thread basting coaxed it into a shawl collar that ended at the waist which was perfect for wearing with a belt, the look I wanted. Without that effort it just sort of hangs and billows out like you see on the pattern envelope. Also, the lining is not secured to the garment. I did lots of hand stitching to change that and the coat hung much better after. This make took several weeks and there are numerous blogposts about the changes I made and detailed photos as well. There is a list of links on the final post that will take you to all the different stages. You can get there with this link: La Sewista Cashmere Coat Just scroll toward the bottom for the links.

Available for sale on PR: $19.95 (See envelope)Click to Buy
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Jstarr4250 said...
What a lovely coat...a classic style and fabric you will no doubt wear for many years. Congrats on your first review - it's nice to see you on PR. I'm a fan of your blog.
2/23/14 6:14 PM
JudyMac said...
Gorgeous. You will be both toasty warm and well-tailored.
2/23/14 7:01 PM
Thanks for the lovely comments. I've reviewed many garments but in the last "snafu" on PR had to re-register and it would only take a new name. I formerly posted as Solosmocker and my reviews can be seen under that name still.
2/23/14 8:13 PM
TJSEWS said...
I love your version so much better than the pattern's! Gorgeous.
2/23/14 9:16 PM
MrsCharisma said...
Gorgeous coat. I love the extra details, like the chain.
2/23/14 10:06 PM
dolcevita said...
Superb coat. The photos don't do justice to the quality of the work that you've put into this coat, Bunny, and I'll say it again - your work really is sublime!
2/24/14 4:42 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Great coat! It looks much better than the pattern envelope.
2/24/14 5:19 AM
becca a said...
This is a lovely, classic coat. It looks so soft and warm. All those weeks of work have paid off.
2/24/14 6:09 PM
Nana27 said...
Bunny, your coat is beautiful and has wonderful detail. It looks great on you.
2/25/14 6:07 AM
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