Sunday, December 16, 2007

New winter coat


I am soooo happy to finally be writing this post. My coat is complete!


Burda World of Fashion 10-2007-119

Fabric
Fashion fabric: Wool herringbone from Fashion Fabrics Club, purchased ~1 year ago
Lining: Flannel backed satin (aka Kasha lining)
Interfacing: Fusible weft

Construction/alterations
I decided to follow Laura's example and skip the shoulder pads that were causing me such grief. It looks and feels fine without them.

Also some minor tweaking for fit and personal preference:

  • Widened the back "belt" tab to 10 inches
  • Added 1/2 inch height to the collar
  • Added 1/2 inch length between the bust and waist
  • Added 1 inch length to the sleeves
  • Took out 2 inches length near hem

I used the lining for the front part of the pocket. The back of the pocket is cut on with the upper side front pattern piece.

The third row of buttons has an in-seam buttonhole. I considered removing the seam and making a bound buttonhole like the others, but as others mentioned, it is a really neat feature so I kept it.

I added a hidden snap below the bottom button (near the waistline) to help keep the coat closed. When wearing, the coat openings below the buttons have a tendency to drift open.


Each of the sleeves has a buttoned tab.


I hemmed the coat and the lining by hand.


I added a grosgrain ribbon at the back of the neck so I can hang the coat from a hook.

Conclusion

I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. The flannel backed satin lining really does add warmth, it's a cozy coat. Also, I think I opened up a whole new world for myself - I am no longer going to avoid BWOF's coat patterns (the combination of my lack of experience with coats and their terse instructions scared me off). In fact, I already have my eyes on another BWOF coat...

37 comments:

Lovely said...

OMG That is SOOOO cute!!! Great job. I don't know if I am ready (skilled) for a coat of that magnitude!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

It is beautiful and you did a wonderful job on it! Don't you just love it when something you made comes out that freakin' awesome!

Erica B. said...

Fantastic! This has just convinced me to make this coat. It's next on my list!

Stephanie said...

Great coat! I love it.

Cidell said...

Ooooooooh!!!! Wow Christina. That coat is fantastic. The details you put in make it so special. I'm so jealous!!!

dvmcindy said...

Congratulations. I almost cried when I clicked on your link and saw it. It's like giving birth to finish such a project!! It is really a work of expertise. thank you for all your tutorials.

narcissaqtpie said...

Wow! it turned out beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your experience.

Lori said...

Great coat, it turned out so cute.

Leslie said...

OMG congratulations Christina! What an accomplishment, it must feel so good to have finished. Everything turned out amazing, the fit, style, fabric, everything!! Maybe by next year I'll be up to trying a coat. Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

Adrienne said...

Your coat looks FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

marty said...

Very pretty and so professionally sewn. Looks great!

Sewfast said...

You did an amazing job...your coat looks fabulous! Mary

loopylulu said...

So very awesome! It looks great on you and I think you found the perfect solution to meld the 6-button fashion with the 8-button practicality.

latoya said...

this is beautiful, it came out great, I am so happy for you

Isabelle said...

Great coat, Christina!

LauraLo said...

The coat is gorgeous, Christina, and it looks great on you!

Gorgeous Things said...

What a great coat! I love all your detail work. Wear it in good health!

stacysews said...

Gorgeous inside and out!

Bonnie D. said...

Christina, you did a fabulous job on this coat. I LOVE IT!!! The fabric, the details, everything!!

Lashell said...

The coat came out great. From Google I followed your thread on PR regarding making a coat warm. The comments are helping me with my wool jacket journey. lol

Angie R. said...

Your coat is fabulous! The details, work-womanship, fabric...you married everything together nicely.

Emily said...

Great coat! How I wish the coat I'm working on is already complete... :)

Melissa said...

Absolutely incredible coat Christina!! I too have shyed away from coats in BWOF because of my in experience, but I keep trying to convience myself that the only way to get experience is to jump in and give it a try. What is the worst that can happen, I have to throw it in the trash??? And I doubt that will happen. Enjoy your new coat, it looks so wonderfully warm and cozy for our wet & cold winters in the NW.

Tany said...

Stunning!!! You've turned a page on your sewing life now! I know this will be the first of many coats to follow! (can you tell coats are my favorite garments to make?) Congratulations!!!

Lisette M said...

Just beautiful, congratulations!

KarenP said...

Your coat is fabulous! You will love wearing it.

Sigrid said...

Wonderful coat Christina, I'll mark that one. Enjoy wearing it.

The J said...

Lightbulb moment! The idea of adding snaps below the buttons is GENIUS! I made a coat two years ago (first one!), and while I love how it looks, and love how warm it is, I have just that problem with the front drifting open too much and negating the warm factor! Off to find some black snaps...

ambika said...

You look fantastic! I love it!

Lynn said...

Your coat looks beautiful! I'm bookmarking this for inspiration!

starlit12 said...

It's beautiful! I love it!

ange said...

Late to the party, yes I know.. but you did a FABULOUS JOB!

Els said...

Congratulations on finishing your first coat it looks great. I’ll bet many more will follow in the future of your sewing life.

C. Dishmey said...

The coat is Awesome!! GO you!

Berry said...

Wow! You go girl! This coat is amazing and the details so neat. Huge BRAVO!

sulu-design said...

You must be thrilled! The coat is gorgeous, and all of the details just add to its stunning beauty. It looks fabulous on you. Congratulations.

dawn said...

Will you make me one?