Winter Coat Time

Thw winter coat I made a couple of years ago is looking decidedly past it’s best, it’s one of those loose weave wools which I love, but they don’t wear well! I decided this year to make a coat using a gorgeous grey wool, it’s beautiful, like luxury men’s overcoating, it feels beautiful. I think I bought it a few years ago on Goldhawk Road in London and felt somewhat guilty as it was labelled Yorkshire Wool, it didn’t seem right to travel 200 miles to buy wool made on my doorstep! I seem to remember it was a bargain at around £10 a metre.

My original plan was to make the Papercut Sapora coat, but it takes over 3m of fabric and I only had just over 2m. Instead I used a pattern which has been in my stash for a while, Newlook 6074, that one also needed more fabric (2.5m)but I decided I could get it out with a bit of fudging. The design has a curved hemline and a single button fastening on a deep stand-up collar.

I could get all the main pieces out, though the collar had to have a centre back seam! My main fudge was that the front piece was faced with the main fabric, I had no where near enough fabric to cut four fronts out so I cut it out in lining instead. My original plan was to use a narrow facing to edge it however I decided in the end to just go with the lining as it would have made quite a bulky edge.

The lining is a very pretty Liberty tana lawn which I bought on Dewsbury market a couple of weeks ago for the grand sum of £7 per metre! It goes beautifully with the grey wool and they feel as soft as each other.

The coat went together really easily, it was pretty straight forward apart from the bagging out of the lining. Bagging out always makes me nervous, I usually try and avoid it, but with curved hems I decided it would probably look neatest. For those of you not familiar with the term, bagging out is when you stitch the main garment and the lining together right the way round, apart from a little gap for turning. If it works well you have beautiful edge to edge lining…however if the outer or inner fabric is slightly different length, it won’t hang right. The bagging of this coat went ok, not perfect but not bad. The issue I had was the instructions for stitching the sleeve to the lining as it was done through the gap, I couldn’t follow the instructions or the diagrams, so in the end I machine stitched the cuff and hand stitched the lining over it. I think it makes a bulkier cuff but it’s OK.

Once the construction of the coat was complete the instructions said to topstitch round, or ‘for a decorative touch’ hand-stitch with running stitch. Of course I couldn’t resist a bit of hand-stitching, but I must admit half way round I was beginning to regret it as it took forever!! I do like the finished effect though.

The design just has the one button on the stand up collar. I’ll see how I get on with it but I’m tempted to add another two buttons down the centre front as I’m not keen on garments that fastene firmly round my neck, I’d rather have it open and wear a scarf.

I’m pleased with the coat, it does feel lovely and snuggly to wear, though I’m not sure about the shape with this style of skirt, it may be better with a longer straight skirt or trousers. I think Lucy likes her new coat too, seen as she’s photo-bombed my picture!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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10 Responses to Winter Coat Time

  1. Jane M says:

    That looks fabulous and the curves look great. Lucys coat looks good too!

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  2. I love your coat – I am in awe of your skills.

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  3. Laura says:

    Beautiful coat, and it looks like it fits great! Well done! 🙂

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  4. CurlsnSkirls says:

    The coat looks lovely but I can see what you mean about adding buttons down the front. I might consider some extra large poppers on the inside – the ones that wouldn’t show from the outside, not the ones you hammer in place! As for the line with that skirt – from strictly this photo, I think they look elegant. But I could understand if they feel too bulky whilst actually walking in the combination. Job well done getting it out of the fabric to hand!

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  5. anne54 says:

    I love it too. I think the curves create a very stylish look. I would add some more invisible buttons too because I don’t like coats and jackets blowing open in the wind. But maybe that’s just me.

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  6. katechiconi says:

    Love it! I’d have been unable to resist putting a couple of pockets in the front seams because I can’t stand not having pockets, but I know it would probably spoil the line, so it’s just as well you don’t have the same issue. That fabric looks yummy, and I really like the lining you chose – I’m interested that you went for lawn, as I’d have though it would ‘catch’ on woollen knits being pushed through the sleeves.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Lol, it’s a good job it has two pockets in the side seams 🙂 It’s a very smooth lawn, but actually that was my first thought (after I’d cut it all out!) another time I’d probably use a plain lining for the sleeves. Luckily so far I haven’t had any issues with sleeves rucking up.

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    A great looking coat, Margaret, you will enjoy wearing this during the next several winters!

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  8. Amanda says:

    That looks lovely. I have some fabric I bought a few years ago and all the bits to make a very simple coat. I may well be yelling your way! 😬

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  9. What a wonderful coat – you are so talented!

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