Good morning my lovely friends! Hope you are all having a lovely Spring so far. Minnesota is currently playing games with us and dumping on more snow every day. Luckily temperatures are at snow melting levels so it does not stay on the roads too long. I will choose to look at the bright side and know when we eventually get into Spring, my wardrobe will be 150% ready for it :D. Weather tangent over lol.
I am coming to you today with a long overdue post. I had promised in my last post, which was maybe 17 years ago, to make my first coat and share. Well, I did it, I made it and though it has it’s flaws those were expected. I love it with all of my heart and have been enjoying wearing it on our few warmer days. This process is a bit convoluted so I will try to make it coherent.
My inspiration for this coat came from two places, first I saw a post on Instagram where one of the “sewlebrities” I follow was going to make a pink coat! Then I found a picture of a coat with color blocking which had me heart singing. So I decided to join both elements and made myself a color-blocked, hot pink/hound’s tooth coat with a happy lining. Whew, I cannot edit myself, but that is just me and I love it! I did not call this blog fabrics of color for no reason. Now, I just need a coat that will not clash with 80% of my wardrobe.
I chose ButtericK 6423, a Lisette pattern. The reason I picked this pattern is, it is a very relaxed fit so I knew going in that I did not necessarily need to make a muslin for fit. It has a nice large shawl collar which is not as fussy as other kinds of collars. It also has a dropped sleeve which is way easier to set in that a regular sleeve. The fastenings could also be changed so I would not need to make a buttonhole. I was going to eliminate as many points of failure as I could to increase my odds for success. All of this helped but I also learned a lot along the way. I will include a full Q&A style review in the bottom, but for now, enjoy my pics and learn more about my snazzy new matching shawl.
I recently started learning to knit. I have been crocheting all my life and every time I would try to learn to knit I would get completely frustrated until I watched a video on YouTube of a lady who is a crocheter and teaches how to get into knitting from that perspective and it just clicked for me. While doing research and finding info about knitting I realized there a lot more emphasis on quality of yarn used in knitting that there is in crochet. I guess because I mostly used to make flat projects like scarfs, shawls and blankets, I did not care very much about a lot of the intricacies involved in yarn quality. After learning a bit about different kinds of yarns, and trying a few I enjoyed it so much and became a convert to wool / wool blends in general. Now, I know the reason these are not super popular is because of the prices, depending on the fiber they are made of yarn can run you up a wild bill just to make a simple garment or accessory. I am used to walking into a Joanns sale and getting yarn for $30 that will make me a full sized crochet blanket. Crochet is generally takes up about 3 times the amount of yarn to make a similar sized blanket so imagine my chagrin when shopping for wool yarn, I found I had to pay four times that amount to get a similar sized blanket. BUT, knitting with good quality wool feels like a dream, the finished product lasts well with care and also is lovely to wear. think sewing with polyester vs natural fiber fabrics.
This is my very long winded way of saying I found this beautiful yarn online which is a wool/silk blend and instead of knitting with it, I decided to crochet this shawl pattern I got from Ravely.com. I love it, so much I want to cuddle in it and never leave my home. This was not planned to match my coat but it is a happy coincidence and just meant to be. So when the weather in Minnesota is fooling around, I just bundle up in both and no cold air can get through.
And because I have been wearing this coat EVERYWHERE I am including a few photos of me in the wild lol.
Here is the full pattern review for the coat:
Very loose-fitting lined coat has front shaped princess seam with pocket, curved gusset under arm, lower back seam with pleat.
4 – 26, I made a straight 16.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, the finished lines look very similar to the pattern envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were great for a first time cot maker
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved that this coat does not need to be muslined for fit and how easy the lines lent themselves to my color blocking.
Wool from SR Harris fabrics in MN on the outside and used a lightweight poly print from Joanns for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did a lot of things different and would change a lot if I were to make this again. First, and most obvious, I color-blocked the pattern, The sleeves were way too long on me. I think making it in a 14 would have been better. I took off 2 inches from the sleeves but they still are a bit long, which I don’t min on these cold MN “spring” days. The hips on the size 16 cannot handle my hips lol, I think I needed to grade the pattern as I do with all my other patterns. I used large 1 inch snaps instead of one button. I don’t know if this was a great idea as the coat bubbles when snapped closed. I might take them off and just do a button as recommended. I eliminated the pleat in the back. I am completely happy with this decision, all the others i found made up online with the plead did not appeal to me too much. The lining fabric is not the greatest as it has already started ripping and I will have to reinforce it in some places.Will definitely use better quality fabric in the future. All in all a very educative experience and I loved making it. More coats to come.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is a fabulous coat pattern and I will say maybe not strictly beginner friendly but will work great for a quick coat with options to customize and make it your own. I would sew it again but I am already distracted by 20 other coat patterns in my stash
All in all a very educative experience and I loved making it. More coats to come.
Peace Love ♥ and Kisses