Sunday, 8 March 2015

Big spring coat!

I'm not quite done with this coat thing! This might be my most perfect me-made coat yet!!!

A coat for Spring is what I was after, so going back to my Freemantle coat pattern (yet again, sorry peeps) I went about adapting it for a lighter weight coat. I didn't change much other than creating a round neckline, but did lengthen the coat and sleeves as well as adding a back split. I shall go into details of the modifications in another post though as it's too much to go into today.


The dreamy fabric that I used for this coat was sent to me by a very dear friend (yes, you Lucy). It is a very good quality brushed cotton drill fabric and is so thick and soft it is totally perfect. Apparently it is used by Barbour and I can well believe that, so you could say that I now have a Barbour coat!!! I was very careful not to mis-use this on an unworthy project and used every last scrap to make this (I literally had to piece scraps together for one of the pocket facings).

 I am a long term lover of the parka coat and the night I met my husband was also the night I lost my most favourite parka ever :-(. You win some you lose some I guess! I have been searching for a replacement in the 6 years since, but have never quite met it's match. Could this be it? It's not got a hood like my old one, but it's long, dark, and completely covers my clothes. I know some people don't like clothes that swamp them or hide their bodies, but I like to be completely cocooned in a coat when I leave the house.

I added a back split for some subtle parkaness.

The buttons were vintage ones from my stash and were obviously waiting for this coat to be made.

Pretty insides! I only bound the (newly created) centre back seam open and bound all other seams together.

The sleeves are bias bound on the ends and simply rolled up for a casual cuff finish.

I topstitched the top edge of the welt pocket to attach it to the coat front. I did this instead of catch stitching, as I don't like catch stitching to a single layer of fabric and this pattern calls for underlining, which I didn't do.

 Am I done with coats? I think so, but  have been pinning some belted coats similar to the wide sleeve silhouette below and it makes me want to try this pattern up as a dress.

So, some pattern mods to follow, but the weather is getting springy and I think that some lighter clothes are on the sewing menu in the near future. Anyone else making Spring coats?