A Big Coat for Winter

Even though our winters are a lot milder than they used to be I still like a big coat for winter, the sort you can put lots of layers on underneath and even a shawl over the top…a big coat!

In my enforced isolation with a mild dose of covid I decided to make a big coat. I had recently bought the September coat pattern from Merchant and Mills and that definitely comes under the big coat heading. I read a few reviews and decided to come down a size from my measurements so I made a 12 and it’s still very roomy.

I rummaged in my wool stash which at the moment is in my freezer, this is not as random as it sounds, we had an outbreak of carpet moths last year and they eat wool, as I had rather a large stash of beautiful locally made wool I popped it in airtight bags in the freezer to kill any potential larvae. It was meant to be there about 2 weeks but 12 months later it’s still there!

I found a length of a closely woven wool in a herringbone weave, it’s a length I bought from Marton Mills in Pool in Wharfedale when they had a pop up shop pre pandemic. I think it was about £12 a metre whereas in shops good quality wool tends to be at least £25. I also like the fact that it’s woven about 3 miles from my house. It’s a lovely soft shade of blue.

I also found in my stash a length of pretty jacquard lining in a silver grey and blue which went with it beautifully. I do like the jacquard linings for coats and jackets, it’s just a bit more interesting than a plain lining fabric and they tend to feel nicer too.

The coat went together beautifully, I find Merchant and Mills patterns are a bit like Vogue patterns with separate pattern pieces for linings and good instructions. I only made a couple of minor changes, it was meant to have a breast pocket too and the patch pockets were meant to be on more of a slant. I felt that even though the herringbone weave wasn’t too obvious, to put a pocket off grain could look a bit unbalanced. I also lined the patch pockets rather than just turning the edges under.

I’ve been wearing my coat all week, it’s very comfortable and easy to wear, I think another time I would leave the pocket flaps off as I think they detract from the line of the coat. The pattern is designed to be either winter weight or summer weight, it could look rather nice in a linen for spring or summer. I might go down one more size as there’s still plenty of room. I’ve had some nice compliments about it too which is always good!

Merchant and Mills describe the pattern as ‘Overcoat meets duster, a coat for striding through town or country with purpose’ I think that’s pretty accurate 🙂

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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14 Responses to A Big Coat for Winter

  1. Cheryl Evry says:

    Ohhh, striding about with purpose, how exciting! It looks great on you. Congrats on a classy new coat!!

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  2. It looks lovely, and you found the perfect buttons for it!

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  3. Shasta says:

    Wow I am so impressed that you made a coat. I struggle making a simple blouse. You have a nice cozy winter ahead of you.

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  4. Laura says:

    Well done, Margaret! It suits you well! 🙂

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  5. Absolutely lovely. It looks great. Well done.

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  6. Ellen T says:

    It is just lovely & love the fabric. You are an amazing seamstress!

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  7. Juliana says:

    I love the way this coat looks on you–very good style and pattern. What a pretty lining, and it’s also like a little special surprise inside the herringbone exterior.

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  8. claire93 says:

    “striding with purpose”! love the description and the coat!

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  9. katechiconi says:

    Gorgeous fabric, and that’s a very comfortable, slouchy coat to cover a multitude of sins, er, layers!

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  10. tialys says:

    An excellent way to use your lovely wool fabric. I can’t imagine why you’d have a breast pocket on a coat like that – definitely a good decision to leave it off.

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  11. Amo says:

    Looks fabulous! Not surprised you’ve had compliments.

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  12. kathyreeves says:

    Love that herringbone and jacquard combination!


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