Coatwalk

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When you sew a project sharing every detail with step-by-step over the blog and social media it feels almost anti-climatic sharing the ‘final’ pictures. I hope you will indulge me while I share a little lot more. This coat isn’t perfect and I will get there in a moment however it encompass a lot of things I learned since my last coat. The result is surely beautiful and the final “look” is very me.

When the McCall pattern company invited me to co-host this project I was super excited. I have taken part of many sew-alongs and online challenges as it makes me feel part of the community. I feel it is important to be an active contributor. This Sew-at-your own pace sew-along felt just right.

Let’s talk about the pattern: Vogue 1467. This was the first time I made a designer vogue pattern. Instructions were good giving us hosts a bit of a challenge to what information was needed to bulk up for the sew-along. Not a bad problem to have. This coat is described as loose fitting. I really love my coats to be fitted but of late I noticed that I was struggling to wear anything bulky underneath my current RTW coats. This pattern being half lined wouldn’t be warm enough to be worm by itself. The final size is between size 14 and size 12 making the final result on the ‘right size’ of loose which it’s perfect. Layers, layers, layers!

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Traditional pea coats have a notch collar. A design feature that I love. This design don’t and the collar it’s a bit underwhelming. I like big dramatic collars. I’m 6ft tall (1.81cm). I can handle drama. Another thing that bugged me is how boxy-shaped the coat looks when closed. I knew that shape would bother me after the toile. A test garment is very enlightening and helpful to envision a pattern final result. Sewing being the empowerment of self indulgence meant that with a bit of creativity any pattern can be ‘made your own’. Oh Gosh cannot believe I used a talent show’s cliche phrase but it is true. Because of the sew-along I didn’t want to dramatically change the design and only alter the fitting. To counter balance the boxy effect I used two strategies: optical illusions with the fabric playing around with the print placement of my collar, facings and sleeves and reducing the “power”of the buttons. The ‘buttons’ are a very distinct and strong part of the original design. I wanted something that was invisible. Fabric covered buttons did the job nicely. I can wear it open and just add a belt. (which I’m making it).

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The final change was to reduce the ‘hem turn’. That meant adding an extra pair of buttons. You will notice that not all the coat been topstitched. My delicate wool weave (specially the white section) reacted really badly to topstitching. I was not going to risk it ‘weaken’ the weave over the whole coat. It is a shame because when you topstitch an item it elevates the craftsmanship. All that said I’m delighted with how my coat turned out. I really enjoyed challenging my print matching skills and playing with design elements on the print. There are so many design focus like my “battenberg” side seams.  Envisioning this coat and turning into reality was amazing.

Sadly during my honeymoon my clumsy-self ripped the right sleeve. Heart breaking really but I didn’t cry over ripped “seams”. Pun intended. To fix it do you think a band like on a trench coat would work? I will give it a try.

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I will be posting a compendium of the supplies & techniques and a sew along index post next week. Thank you all for following the sew-along even if you didn’t sew this coat. If you haven’t seen Meg’s version that periwinkle colour is luxurious. Lori proves how lovely the original look can be. Pop over our hashtags on Instagram to see other fabulous finished/ WIP versions.

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  • Sandra

    What a gorgeous jacket – you did a beautiful job.

  • It came out really nice! I love the idea of covered buttons, thats the part that is slowing me up is finding the right buttons…anyway, wonderful job on your check matching, the second to the last photo is great. Most of all thank you for your honest review.

  • Lots and Lots and LOTS of hard work there, Rachel. Huge congratulations. I am slightly devastated on your behalf at the rip.

  • Stunning- the picture of the back view shows the time and effort matching and pattern placing. Is the rip a seam or actual fabric? I hope you find a solution for mending

  • It looks beautiful! I hope you can fix the rip. What a terrible thing to happen after all the work that’s gone into it!

  • it’s worked brilliantly and looks perfect on you! Inspired by the sew along, I knew I didn’t have the time to make the pea coat – did manage a raw edge unlined short coat.

  • You really did a beautiful job making this coat! The pics of you are gorgeous!

  • The jacket is great and I love the fabric. I hope you find a way to fix the rip

  • Beautiful job! And I love the styling. The way the pattern bleeds off into the sleeves gives it an avant gard effect. Was that you making the best of irregular fabric or was the fabric intentionally printed like that?

  • Karen J

    Well done! It’s a real labour of love. Hope you get lots and lots of wear out of it!

  • I love every bit of detail. This is excellent – amazing work. I know what you mean by showing the process and the big reveal is anti-climatic but since I wasn’t following….I am inspired.

  • Oh no, I can’t believe it got ripped 😪 I hope you manage to save it, because it’s absolutely divine!

  • Soooo fabulous! Love the sleeves. Well done.

  • It’s beautiful. Love the fabric and finishes are very well done.

  • What a fun coat! I love the unexpected bits of stripes in the fabric… really dramatic!

  • This coat is absolute PERFECTION!!!! Amazing job on the pattern and mixing it with the design! I love it!!!8