Oh. My. Goodness. Me. I made a coat!
It’s true, ladies and gents, it’s a real thing! From its humble beginnings back in December, through long hours of reading every blog post ever written on coat making, and it’s finally done. In the words of Nina “It looks like it’s from Banana Republic!”: I take that as high praise indeed.
I will share more details in future blogposts – for I certainly learned a lot on this one. Unusually for a first-time-attempt, I managed to keep it pretty much “perfect” until about 2 days ago when I suddenly realized that 1) the Thinsulate-attachment-zig zag stitch is visible on the lining and 2) I forgot to allow for seam allowance on the top buttonhole so it wouldn’t be functional. Oops. But I think I’ve yet to make a first-attempt garment that didn’t have some imperfections, and all in all I’m pretty thrilled.
I used the pattern Simplicity 1759, with a self-drafted collar based on a rub-off of an old coat. I adjusted the princess seams to fit my chest – and this is, indeed, the very first coat I have ever worn that doesn’t constrict my chest. Yay for breathing! Thanks for the button feedback – I decided to go big, but given it’s easy to change them, I may swap to smaller in the future…
To celebrate, I entertained myself in a warehouse and Courtney kindly took some pictures while Nina art directed:
Here’s the lining! Spot the stitching flaws? No, cos it’s a shot from far away 😀 I can however report that it’s warm enough to wear on a -6 celsius (20-ish something Farenheit?) day, which is most pleasing.
And then there was nothing left to do but to spin and be happy: