Sometimes I feel like a weatherman as often as I’m checking my AccuWeather app for updates and radar information. Needless to say, Texas weather brought rain and a slightly cool breeze of 30 degrees this week. Conveniently, JUST cold enough for me to wear this GORGEOUS wool coat everywhere I went today.
This V9136 was made using LA MERCERIE’S Ghana Wool, a lightweight but durable, soft and stable oversized plaid wool which I go into detail on in my PREVIOUS POST. As this coat does not have a lining, I made all of the facings out of a yard of white fleece that I got from a remnants bin at Hobby Lobby and have been waiting to use on a project. This is one of a few modifications which you can see below in my questionnaire.
This coat is unique and classy, yet rugged and slouchy. It’s comfy and warm and all-consuming. The details on this baby are what make it special. It has a back belt, choice of patch pockets or inset pockets, and a funnel collar that lays into a regular collar. It also has lots and lots of buttons! It reminds me of an all equipped utility jacket.
The coat was my first coat and it took me FOREVER to finish. Sometimes there are moments when we find ourselves flashing through projects like lightning and there are other times when we linger on one project, slightly finding ourselves with each stitch, and I can definitely say that working on this coat got me through a rough time in my life right up to the end. I hope you all think it’s a great first attempt like I do!
Skill level: Easy to Intermediate
What pattern size did you use?: Medium (M)
What type of fabric did you use?: Wool
How long did it take you to finish this garment?: N/a (Overall it took me about a month and a half in total because it was a slow project for me that I was taking my time on. Had I worked on it continuous, I’d say a good 6 hours for completion for me personally)
Were the instructions easy to follow?: Yes, VERY
Were the instructions detailed?: Yes
What things would you change about this pattern?: I might add a lining. Working with thinner wool shells, a lining can complete a coat and give it some extra umph!
Would you recommend this pattern to others?: Yes
Would you make this pattern again?: Yes! In a lighter fabric maybe, for a fall jacket or light coat.
Did the finished garment look like the envelope/pattern design?: Yes, for the most part (I somehow (???) did not measure my collar long enough, so one side is longer than the other, but not a noticeable difference to where I felt I needed to take the whole thing apart to fix it).
What modifications did you make? (Have fun reading this):
1. Back Yoke- I color-blocked, in a way, the back yoke due to running out of fabric. I used some stash sourced black acrylic I got from Joann. The fabrics have similar textures and weights and the black added a fun, unique look to the coat.
2. Facing- the front facings and back yoke facing are made from a soft white fleece. Achieving this was slightly hard because it made the layers thicker and more difficult to sew the buttonholes, but it all worked out.
3. Bottom hem- I did not hem the bottom of this coat. Though the pattern calls for a slip stitch hem, the fabric for the facing and the thickness made it difficult to turn under to sew a straight line, I also hate hand sewing unless it’s buttons SO I simply serged the bottom of the coat with black serger thread and it looks pretty good.
4. Pockets- the pocket placement for the inset pockets according to the pattern directions were too low for me personally so I moved them up about an inch and a half to two inches so they line up with the top of the belt. This was hard because the layers were very thick to sew through due to the belt. But it was worth it. They are also lined with the fleece so they’re extra warm and fuzzy to play in when it’s cold.
Stay sewing and keep discovering your creative!