Two Tone Yona

So what to make when you are dreaming about the change in season but the weather is still cold ? A transitional piece that not only still keeps the cold at bay but adds that nautical feel associated with the arrival of spring.
And nothing says ‘welcome spring’ as navy and cream! Right? Add a floral lining and we could almost smell the bluebells!  
At least the daffodils are out.
The pattern was a courtesy from Indie Sew. They recently just celebrated having 100 independent patterns over their roof. I’m really delighted to collaborate with them.
I will be picking a pattern of my choice once in a while and share the finished item with you. All opinions will remain my own. I’m quite excited to try new to me designers but for our first collaboration I picked the Yona, is a loose fitting / boyfriend style coat. 
Named patterns work for me pretty much straight from the envelope //size 38. The only change was adding 3 cm on the sleeve hems and breaking the pattern up to create a two tone coat. 
I love their clean Scandinavian style and been making a lot of their patterns. The recent ones been  Tala, Mai and Shadi. 
If you are new to coat making you will find raglan styles a lot easier and fun to sew. Just remember to pre-skrink your wool.  I did but unfortunately my patch pockets got slight shrunk on the final press.
I made this coat in two long sewing sessions. It’s was quite quick to put together. The instructions aren’t very compressive because of the level of knowledge that it assumes has but I didn’t encountered any issue making this coat. I really actually really enjoyed the whole process.

Fabric: the beige wool c/c Minerva for the blogging network. The navy wool melton and the cotton lining are from my stash.
To make the pattern more interesting I sewn a contrasting piping between my lining and my facings and added a ticket size pocket on the inside.
I used soft tailoring techniques as per Vintage Couture Tailoring by Thomas Nordheim and I will write all in detail on another post. 
Changing subject: I got a new camera lens and I think the out-of-focus issue I was having is sort of solved. I’m much happier how sharp the pictures look. Even when they show how bad my hands are suffering from chilblains and recovering from a cold. I’m not built for the cold weather. Spring please arrive soon!
  • What a lovely coat! But more importantly: I am insanely jealous that you have daffodils out already!

  • Beautiful as always Rachel! And impeccably sewn too. I’m loving that lining fabric.

  • Wow looks great. The colour blocking really gives it a special edge and I really love the cut! Just wondering, how do you recommend pre-shrinking wool? I’m about to embark on making a wool coat and am looking forward to hearing about the tailoring techniques 🙂

  • Great coat. I could use one of these. I tried the link, but couldn’t find the pattern.

  • I like your use of navy and cream. Appreciate the shot of the back collar, didn’t expect to see a seam down the centre back, it looks good. I’m impressed by the frequency of your sewing, how do you do it!!!

    • I make many projects at once… Some stay months as WIP. It’s just looks like I’m quick but I’m just organised.

  • That piping between the lining & shell adds a real oompf-factor; I love it! I’ve been sewing quite a few raglan sleeves recently; they’re just so easy…

  • Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! Makes me want to try making coats!

  • love the two tones – great jacket

  • Love it so much Rach! I am put off Named because the last pattern I tried was an overlapping, no seam allowance nightmare, but I really want this coat. Have they made improvements?

    • Hi Katie, all named patterns are presented with seam allowence included. The PDFs are printed in two size clusters. They seem to be making improvements with the overlapping because I been tracing less pieces on the newest patterns.

    • Fab thanks. I think I’ll try the printed pattern.

  • Awesome! Love the contrasting fabric! Definitely a great transitional piece!

  • A beautiful coat Rachel. The navy and cream are a classic combination but the coat really pops with the fun lining! A great make.

  • It’s a lovely and very professional looking jacket. Well done!

  • that lining, SUCH a perfect combo! and i love the pocket pop, it gives the coat a whole new style line.

  • very nice choice of fabrics! this coat looks beautiful on you. are those buffed on pockets?!!!

    • what are buffed pockets? they are the original patch pockets from the coat pattern, made in contrasting colours

    • oh I’m sorry seems the autocorrect did not like the word bluffed … I was wondering if those were bluffed on pockets – the patch pockets with no aparent external seam 🙂

  • Oooh, this is gorgeous!!! I love the two-tone look! I just love the look of piping between the lining and facing… I’ve been too lazy to do it in the past, but it just looks so finished. I’m curious- have you had any transfer of the blue color to the cream? I’ve been a little nervous to colorblock wool in light colors because I’m not sure if it’s colorfast.

    • Hi darling, not bleeding of colours at all. I did skink them both separately. I suggest making a small sample: combining both fabrics, sewing them and pressing as you would and see how they behave together

    • OK, good to know. I’ll be sure to make a sample if I try it. I had an incident with silk bleeding when I washed it, even though I’d prewashed it, ugh! Guess it serves me right for skipping the drycleaners!

  • That is beautiful! I love the contrasting lining. 🙂

  • So pretty…

  • The colours initially made me think that’s a little subdue for you, but of course that lining makes it all amazing. How come you have such neat perfect piping?! I would be so wobbly and messy!

    xoxoxo I’ll go and look at the patterns now!

    • I sew the piping coat in the middle of the bias with a zipper foot. Than I place that stitching on top of my seam allowance when sandwiching the piping in the middle.

  • You realise that you have women all over the world who want a coat just like this one. I really admire your sense of colour of style.

  • Really gorgeous! I love it! What a nice idea.

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  • Beautiful coat! I really love it.


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