Coat planning number 2


It seems sewing coats is addictive, because I’m planning to make another one very soon. I do love my first one, but it’s actually almost too warm and cosy: I don’t get that cold out and about, or perhaps the weather hasn’t dipped far enough into real winter yet. So I’m making a slightly lighter one in the meantime in quite a different style: grey and black, biker inspired with zip and pleather detailing. My little inspiration board is above.

This the pattern I’m using, vintage Simplicity 6682 from 1965. I spied it on Eva’s blog and thought the simple boxy shape would work for the kind of look I’m going for. I’m just going to omit the buttons and add an exposed zip instead. The pattern arrived from eBay neatly pre-cut in my size, and the instructions are super detailed and well illustrated. I’ve already made a quick toile and it looks like the fit will be pretty good without many adjustments. The collar came together so easily as well! I can’t tell if that’s me improving as a sewist or just how well this pattern is drafted.

I’ve got my fabric sorted too, thanks to a trip to Goldhawk Road last week with a bunch of gorgeous sew bloggers (so good to meet/see you Kathryn, Rachel, Jennifer, Tilly, Janene, Stevie, Alana, Charlotte & Elisalex!). The shell is a lovely mottled tweed wool: it’s mostly grey and white but has tiny flecks of blue and red in too. I went for a cheery chartreuse lining – I love grey and yellow together. I’m still debating whether to pick some of the details out in black pleather: I think I will do the collar, sleeve details and pocket flaps in it. The lapel facing too? What do you think? (also check out my other purchase, super sparkly stretch lurex! Totally becoming a Christmas day dress.). I think this winter sewing lark is growing on me.

6 thoughts on “Coat planning number 2

  1. Avatarsallie

    I can’t wait to see this! Love your inspiration and fabric choice. I have coat sewing planned for this winter too – I’m sick of being cold all the time!!

    1. AvatarKatie Post author

      This is one of those projects where I want it done right now so I can start wearing it. Look forward to seeing your coat too!

  2. AvatarGinger

    Oooh, wow, I’m so excited! Love your inspiration board, love the fabric you chose, and love the pattern! I can’t wait to see this! I’m trying to make a coat right now, but I’m struggling with Burda (non-)directions and trying to match plaid with not-quite-enough fabric. There’s something so fun about sewing jackets, though.

    1. AvatarKatie Post author

      I’m excited too! Ugh, plaid and Burda’s non-instructions sounds particularly painful, can’t wait to see it though.

  3. AvatarEva

    Eeek! Very excited to see your coat, I love the zipper idea and that lining is so great!

    Tough one on the leather lapel facings…I bet it would look great and add a lot of warmth, I guess it also depends on the fabric combination. Is the leather matte or does it have some sheen? Is it very pliable?

    Have fun sewing! I love working with wool, it presses so well, it’s a bit like sculpting! I’m about to cut a Burdastyle cocoon coat in wool…wish it was done already too.

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