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I made a coat!

I know I haven't posted for about 4 months now - I have loads of posts in drafts, just never quite ended up clicking publish - but I guess I'm coming back with a bang.

Cue coat.

This coat took about 6 weeks to make, although I originally started planning for it sometime in March. I also took tailoring classes to figure things out, and then I prepared all summer. The pictures I have of this are a bit hit and miss, but I have some good angles all around, so I think that will be good enough.

The fabric is this metallic silk brocade, and I have enough of it for another coat and a dress I think. I might have gone a bit overboard on that one. The pattern is Burda  08/2012 #101A, and it was pretty easy to work with. I deliberately wanted an oversized coat (it's almost cocoon-looking on me when closed), which is more of a fashion accessory than anything else. I think what I came up with pretty much fits the bill.

Construction went easily, except I am kicking myself over messing up the collar. If you click through the pattern link above you'll see this coat actually has a proper collar and lapels - which I even practiced making with Beth. While making the real thing though, I completely missed the fact that there was ANOTHER WHOLE SECTION of the seam to stitch and ended up with this:

It's not so bad in the sense that as far as I can tell no one realizes it's not what it should be, but I'm fairly annoyed about this. I guess I'm lucky because it is such an out-of-this-world item, that everything goes. And now I'm also pretty fired up to make something (coat? blazer?) with the same style of collar to prove to myself that I can, in fact, get this done.

Either way, moving on. I was super careful with the placement, as I didn't want it to be very over the top. Here's a front picture:

The two front sides close with snaps, and there are two flowers which seem to leave from the closure. I initially wanted to do bound buttonholes, but I thought it would be a shame to break up the symmetry, and I wasn't really ready to match the actual lines there (I don't even know if this is possible).

I also placed a big full rose on the top of the back, while leaving the rest relatively plain:

You can almost see it when I move, which I think works well. I have one picture on the tailoring dummy:

I think this shows better what I did with regards to placement. I wanted to have a lot of the flowers in the bottom part, and I think this worked relatively well. I lined it with silk charmeuse (lining is gold!), which I sewed in by hand. I covered the big snaps with fabric too, so they're less obvious. Finally, this coat has a lot of tailoring inside - now I know so much more about this than when I started!

What do you think? Despite my big mess up, how did it turn out?


  1. that pattern placement is fantastic, and your sleeves look perfect. Well done. and yes definitely a fashion coat. how great you have enough fabric for a dress as well. Love those photos with the bouquet of flowers. you look like you stepped out of a fashion magazine :) in a good way.

  2. Thank you Beth! I'm very happy with the placement, I spent a whole evening figuring it out... I'm also glad you like the sleeves - to be honest, I felt the forearm could have had less ease, but in the end decided not to make that change, and I'm fairly happy with the result.

  3. Hi, Laura. You can easely correct your mistake by closing the missing part of the lapel by hand.
    Tiny stiches on the back and front.

  4. Thank you for the suggestion! I might try it.


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