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Blue Spring Coat

Oh, the irony, of publishing a post with the word "spring" in it on the 3rd of June when it is something like 25-30 degrees Celsius outside. There's always next spring though :)

This is my spring coat - a coat that was meant for spring, but instead took all spring to sew, so I guess at least the name fits. I started this sometime at the beginning of March, and finished it last weekend.

This is a Burdastyle pattern, more specifically Collarless Open Coat 03/2012 #110, in size 38. This size fits me very well for Burdastyle coats, although I think the adjustment I make in shirts and dresses (raising the armhole) should be just a standard adjustment for me. As it stands, the coat is feels nice, but raising the armhole would have given me more freedom of movement. Not a big deal, but helpful given daycare pick ups etc.

Looking at these photos, the sleeves also seem a bit wide, but to be honest I prefer a bit more ease through the arms. What I don't like, is that the sleeves seem short. I followed the advice in my Singer Tailoring book and hemmed the sleeves one inch above the knuckle, but I guess I need to hem a little longer next time. I'll make a note in the book about this.

As the name suggests, this coat has no closures. It is made out of light weight-y wool gabardine - it's definitely a spring / autumn weight fabric, it would not make for a good winter coat. The lining is a silk satin.

I bought the wool from the A Fashionable Stitch online store, back when it was still open, and it's been in my stash since December 2014. The silk for the lining came from the Thai Silks brick and mortar store, back when they were in Los Altos - I went there with a friend from work in May 2015, I'm pretty sure that's when I bought it. I was pretty sad to hear they would be closing, but I see they in fact moved to Mountain View instead, so it's great they're still around.

The lining is truly spectacular, I had originally wanted to make a Vogue 1387 long sleeved blouse out of it, but I didn't quite have enough fabric, so this was a good alternative. Plus, I like the little surprise to be found on the inside. Lesson learnt though, silk blouses need 2.5+ yards of fabric.

I had this embellishment idea a while ago, and I was determined to get it sewn eventually. According to my Etsy purchase history, I got the little copper embellishments in March last year!

I used several things for embellishments: the main fabric selvedge, a length of soutache and some green/blue-patina copper pieces I got off Etsy. To be perfectly honest, I'm not super happy with the way I attached the slevedge and the soutache - I don't like the slight ripples in the fabric. I'm not entirely sure what I did wrong either.

I'm planning to do another post on construction, as it was interesting. I mostly followed the Singer Tailoring book for that.

In closing, what do you think about my coat? Anything I should have done differently? Anything obvious I'm missing in terms of fit?


  1. I love the embellishment; it's very Art Deco.

    1. Thank you! I never thought about it as art deco, but I think you're right!


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