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.

4 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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

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