Saturday, December 29, 2007

Love this Coat

I am using ivory buttons. I'll post a finished pic when I get the buttons on and the pockets stitched down.
Pattern Description: From the Butterick envelope: MISSES̢۪ COAT: Lined, fitted coat in various lengths, has raised waistline with back princess seams and pleat, front button closing. A, C, D, E: side seam pockets. A, D, E: back tab. C, D, E: optional snaps at lower front opening. E: sleeve tabs.I made version B.

Pattern Sizing: This is 8-10-12-14. I made a straight 8 with no alterations except an SBA. More on that later.Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, except mine is very poop-brown colored.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes and no. The instructions for the outer layer was great but the lining instructions were horrible. At one point they tell you to stitch the sleeve lining together and slipstitch the sleeve lining to the bodice lining. Are they kidding? Oh, and you are supposed to ease the sleeves at the same time you are slipstitching them on. I have no idea why they don't have you just machine sew them on. I did the lining my own way. I used the Threads tutorial and the bagging tutorials on the fashion-incubator site. Tutorial #1 and Tutorial #2.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the lines of this pattern. I love the pleat at the back. Here is a back view.

Fabric Used: This is a wool that my friend brought when they were cleaning out their house. Thanks Mark!!! It is my muslin. I plan to buy a nice wool flannel for my "real" coat. In the pictures it looks like a bad brown but in reality it is this color. More pink than brown. I lined it with a burgandy lining I had already. I didn't have enough for the whole thing so I used a black lining for the arms. Here is the whole thing. You can tell I didn't do the lining right because there should be more of the wool folded up. I realized after I was done that the lining needed to be shorter. Oops. In the real directions, you do some weird thing where you handstitch it up. I'll know better for my real version.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I did an SBA. I folded most of the dart out. I left behind some of the dart mostly for the design element. I like the line there. I changed how I lined it. In the picture above, you can see where I pulled the whole jacket through the underarm seam. Next time I'll use a longer seam because the seam is so small I popped a few stitches pulling the coat through. I am also debating putting a belt on it where the bodice meets the bottom. It just seems a little jarring, especially in back. I may also just add the little accent piece from the other views. I will handsew the pocket flaps down so they don't stick up so much. I think buttons will help the overall poop-brown blah.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yup. I recommend it to anyone who wants a basic coat pattern.

Conclusion: Cute coat. Basic and easy to modify.

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