The idea of a holiday wardrobe is attractive to many, including myself so when Lisa invited me to sew* the Lola coat for her upcoming “My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break” ebook I was delighted. The idea of a capsule wardrobe ebook is great; 5 Patterns that can be mix and matched together with projects that are aimed to varied skill levels. The Lola Coat has a really interesting seaming and the construction is classified as intermediate. The sleeves are kimono style and the side seam piece is inserted like an underarm gusset. It’s actually really clever.“Lola is a stylish yet comfy coat that you can throw on over any outfit! Make it short or long, and choose to wear it open or nipped in with a belt. The Lola Coat can be made to suit any season: in a lightweight crepe it would be perfect for a summer evening cover-up, or choose a drapey wool for keeping warm in the winter. Lola is an everyday wardrobe essential.”– Sew Over it.
From the ebook I already made the Molly dress which is super simple and easy to wear. The Mia jeans looks super fun to sew and perhaps it will be added to my sewing plans for 2017. The list for this year is unachievable already and I’m ok with that. I hope to continue to work on more time consuming projects as those are the ones I enjoy the most. Project Notes:
- Size and Fit: Size “S” ( 10-12)
- Fabric: Grey and Blue Gabardine. Gabardine is a firm, closely woven fabric made from worsted wool, cotton, synthetic or mix fibres. Gabardine is woven in a twill weave giving diagonal ribs on it’s surface. It drapes well but has some weight. It’s a good compromise for a summer coat.
- Pattern Alterations: Shorter sleeves. No fitting alterations.
Every time I hear someone saying “this style won’t suit me” I think what modifications on that particular garment would need to be made to fit that person’s shape. It is all about balance. The hem line length, where the neckline is, the fullness of the skirt. I tend to ask myself, what exactly is the ‘problem’. Sometimes simple tweaks can make a style work. With every sewing pattern I have a choice to make when dealing with sleeves length. Either I add whatever is the difference from my arm to the pattern to achieve my optimal sleeve length of 66 cm or I reduce the length as a design feature. I personally felt the Lola coat loose shape needed to be counterbalanced on my frame by making the sleeves shorter. Perfect for layering, don’t you think? I love autumn so much I cannot resist taking pictures outside even If meant I was freezing.
* I was a tester for this pattern. All view are my own.