At long last a sewing FO post! Sewing Goddess be praised. I've been living with this coat as a UFO for what seems like two months. It was more like one month, but there's nothing is worse than a giant project taking up your sewing space that refuses to finish it's self. Where is my army of sewing frogs? What do I do all this baking for if they don't show up?
The problem did not lay in the pattern or even the fabric. The problem was me. In the past I've gleefully cranked out several coats/jackets for the blog. Usually I find them to be an enjoyable project that has a great pay off. This time the manic desire to cut into some coating just didn't come brimming up through my pores. It could be that "sewing a coat" has been on the mental list so long that it turned into an obligation. It could be that the Christmas dress was a big ass project and I wasn't really ready for another one. Or it could be that it's freaking cold in my sewing area and I'd rather hide in my bedroom with some knitting needles. Bring me a heating pad and a pie!
The original plan was to get this coat done in January for both Jungle January and the Gertie pattern contest McCall's was having. I'm sure that could have happened if I'd sewed the coat instead of doing a bunch of avoidance knitting. "Laa, Laa, Laa, what coat? There is only yarn." Oh well, knowing you'll like a finished garment doesn't always make for speedy sewing. Hopefully Miz P. will forgive me for missing the wonderful Jungle January if she gets a flash of the lining. Put on your sunglasses because snow leopard lining springs eternal.
Butterick 5824. I used a combo of sizes 16/18, but could have easily cut a straight size 16.
Wool flannel coating from Gorgeous fabrics.
Snow leopard lining also from Gorgeous fabrics
1. Made the same 1/2" sloping shoulder adjustment to the kimono sleeve as I did to my Christmas dress.
2. Shortened the bodice length by 3/8".
3. Increased the back dart intake to 2 1/2".
4. Did an "on the fly" adjustment of taking in the waist at the side seams about an 1" total.
5. Instead of using bound buttonholes as the closure, I used large snaps so that there was nothing to get in the way of a belt. Also I hate sewing bound buttonholes.
6. Added some thread belt loops to the side seams.
7. Pieced the pocket so that the self fabric would peak out of the seam and not the lining.
8. Reduced the length of the coat by 2". I did not use the lengthen/shorten line. Instead the length was taken off the bottom of the hem to also reduce the hem sweep a bit.
- I did check out the sew-a-long for this pattern on Gertie's blog. Most of the coat's construction was straight forward to me so I didn't need additional hand holding. However I did appreciate some of the extra finishing tips she'd posted. For example I'd never basted down the edges of a coat and then steamed them so that they roll in the correct direction. That technique worked well and I think it makes the coat look a little more professional.
- Because of the weight of the skirt pulling on the waist, you could almost go down a waist size on the pattern. Even with my on the fly waist alteration, the coat is still overly roomy in that location.
- I like the look of this coat with a belt on my figure. The belt gives me some more waist definition and detracts from the fact that the front closure is bulky in this fabric.
- The instructions to fuse the entire hem were followed even though it was a total pain in the ass. It probably doesn't matter in wool this thick.....but then I'm not a coat expert.
"You look like cookie monster. Just kidding, it's elegant.....for cookie exchange parties."
My Final Thoughts
While I might not have been in the mood to sew a coat, I sure do love wearing it. It's all "wintertime princess" with serious twirl factor. Pretty sure you could throw this over a bath robe and strangers on the street would still ask why you are dressed up. "Because I made this coat. See, SEE!" Then they back away slowly. That's good cause I need room to twirl.
P.S. A big thanks to everyone who nominated/voted for my blog over on Madalynne's best sewing blog series. I almost feel sheepish about getting an "award" for inheriting my father's need to be productive at all times. Still gonna put the button up though. ;)