Thursday, October 29, 2009

My blue tartan coat

I really like the Steffi pattern from BurdaStyle that I just used to make a blazer. I wanted a longer more wintery coat too though so I modified the pattern. I changed quite a few aspects of it.
  • I made it double breasted. Buttons just down one side.

  • I lengthened it to just above my knees with a slit at the back.

  • I put in some shoulder pads which help hold up the puff sleeve shape cos this fabric is quite floppy - it's thin. I actually bought these shoulder pads about a year ago for another coat I'm making - and still haven't finished. It's on my to-do list!
  • I took it in at the waist to give it a nicer shape.

  • I made the sleeves longer and slimmer (I have super long arms).

  • I gave it a high standing collar. The interfacing I used is very stiff - actually a little too stiff for my liking but I didn't want to try and rip it all off once I had already ironed it on....

  • I lined it with some cheap polyester. I know it's not the warmest fabric ever but this coat is too warm when I'm on my bike. I put on a loop for hanging it up.
  • My favourite part of it - a humongous pocket sewn onto the back lining! I always hate when I go into a bar and put my coat into coat check and I have to tuck my scarf, gloves, jumper etc into my sleeves. Now I have this nice big pocket to hold my stuff! It's about 33x40cm... Huuuuuuge.


  1. great idea about the pocket at the back. Totally going to steal that idea! Lovely remake of the Burda pattern.

  2. I've been meaning to get started on a winter coat and there you are--in all your plaid finery to insprire! I love it, and you are so adorable!

  3. Beautiful. The tailoring is so perfect and the big pocket is genius.

  4. wonderful coat! much nicer than the original pattern.


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