18.11.13

A simple coat for Ari

Hey guys, so I recently showed you the coat I stitched up for hubby and now I'm going to show you mine. I'm glad I made it and I hope it can last me for some more trips to come. It kept me warm enough I guess and I pretty much killed it on a daily basis. 


My coat took so much less time to do because I did not use interlining for extra warmth and body. I made it using a wool blend I bought on  Fabric.com on sale at a really good price. I absolutely love the colour and pattern of it. It was quite heavy weight and easy to work with. 


I made a self drafted patten for a number of reasons:-

  1. I am ridiculously long which I love. I always have to add about 4 inches extra to a sleeve length of a bought pattern.
  2. I had a look around for styles I wanted and none could be found in available patterns.
  3. I like the thrill of it!
It wasn't too bad at all. I also made a two piece sleeve which I am quite proud of. The sleeve looks great in the photos and it fits quite comfortably. There is a side piece which meets up with a front panel and a back panel; there is therefore no side seam. The pockets I love because they hang low for my long arms and go all the way to the hem. It's fully lined in a heavy black satin and only the collar is underlined (shame on me!........ for going for the floppy look) 

My biggest disappointment was the buttons. I couldn't find really large buttons so I had to settle for these 7/8 inch ones. It looks like the install wasn't too good because they are a bit lopsided. Anyway that's something that can be fixed, I'll definitely do so for the next wearing. 






Showing my imperfections here :s how embarrassing!





Look how fab my sleeve looks! 








I hope you enjoyed the post. Thanks for viewing. God bless!


14 comments:

  1. Awesome job! I cannot believe you drafted this pattern!!! It looks totally amazing - I feel you on the sleeves always being too short phenomenon - that's why it's awesome to make your own! Truly amazing - I am inspired to try sewing a coat! :)

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    1. Thank you Sally! :) I think you should give it a try. It's not that difficult. You've probably done more difficult pieces already! You did the blazer so you can definitely do this :)

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  2. What a lovely coat. You did such a great job drafting. I definitely feel you on lengthening sleeves as well.

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  3. This is a really great coat ! Well done !

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  4. This is fabulous work. I can't believe you self-drafted the pattern! Do you have training as a pattern drafter? If you look on my blog I am currently stymied by trying to find a good sleeve for my winter coat project. Wish you were here to help ;-)

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    1. I don't have any formal training....just lots of practice. Growing up I did not have very many patterns being purchased for me; I simply observed alot and tried to be a good copy cat. Now I can draft really well. I will definitely go look at your work :) Thanks

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  5. I am impressed with your self-drafted coat! Congratulations! It turned out beautifully :)

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  6. You've got yourself one lovely jacket! I hope you saved the pattern pieces for another.

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    1. Thanks Dorothy, I have saved the pieces but I doubt I'll make another for a couple years well! There is no cold weather in Trinidad :)

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  7. Such a nice coat! I really love the shape with the fabric, it's perfect! :)

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  8. Thank you so much! :) ...such a lovely comment!

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