This time last year I made a coatigan, a lovely coat pattern by Schnittchen. It’s been a great coat for the winter, nice and snuggly and easy to wear. At the August Quilt show in Harrogate one of the stalls was selling furnishing fabric, I saw this fabric and immediately thought ‘coatigan!!’ There was another lady buying some to make curtains, we were both cooing over it and she looked very tempted to make a coat too! It’s a linen/cotton mix, so apparently it is washable. I just loved the colours and the geometric pattern.
Helen wanted to make a coatigan too, she had borrowed my pattern, cut it out, but struggled with the instructions, so we decided to have a sew-a-long in between Christmas and New Year, with a sewing machine either side of the table in the conservatory. I read the instructions and we stitched each section together. It was great fun.
Helen, being young and fearless in sewing (and life in general!!) was making hers in a fur fabric as she liked the feel of it. She’s only been sewing a year but she’ll sew with sequins, satin, stretch, whereas I’m more likely to think about the problems sewing with such fabrics!
My coat went together reasonably easily and quickly. The instructions aren’t the best, there are some bits that are completely missed off, like sewing shoulder seams!! There are also no pictures, which Helen would have found very helpful, so really I think you do need to know the basics in order to follow the instructions.
Helen’s fur was slightly more tricky. I suggested a longer stitch, an old book I have suggested always sewing in the direction of the pile, which made sense. She used lots of pins and after a few minutes sewing I suddenly thought of the walking foot, it went together much easier after that.Helen got her basic coat done that day before she got distracted by the gym, I never seem to have that problem!
I bought the lining at Craft and Create in Skipton, it’s a warm camel colour and it feels really nice. The instructions tell you to bag the whole lining and turn it out through a hole in the sleeve. I’ve never fancied doing that so I stitched my lining in as usual, hand-stitching the hem edge.
I was hoping to put buttons on it as that is the one thing I missed with my first coatigan. I bought three lovely buttons at Craft & Create but when it came to making the buttonholes, I couldn’t actually get the fabric under the buttonhole foot, I might decide to try with the normal foot but at the moment I’m going without again.
I’m really pleased with my coatigan, it’s probably more spring and autumn weight, but I’m sure it will get a lot of use. It was great fun having a sewing day with Helen too, hopefully we’ll have another one soon.