A New Wool Coat
Over the past week, since the end of Me Made May, I have had a little blogcation. This little blogging hiatus has been deliberately timed so as to allow enough time to complete my new coat. Okay, so I was a little burned out in the photo and blog department as well, lets be honest here!
A work suitable coat has been on my radar for some time. I knew I had the need for it but it took a while for the coat appropriate weather to kick and unsurprisingly, my coat was not ready when it was needed. This coat really only needs to get me from the car park to my office and be available for the odd errand during the day. I don't like bulky or long coats for driving in so Sewaholic Minoru was my obvious choice. It is no secret that I am rather addicted to Sewaholic patterns! This particular pattern, I have made before, as a light weight unlined cardigan type coat. My new coat was to be the real deal in wool coating fabric, interlined in polar/microfleece and fully lined.
My first mission was to buy the pattern again because my previous one had been misplaced and the last version I had drafted in size 8. This time I wanted to make size 6. This gorgeous black wool coated with raised coloured thread detail, I bought online at the end of last winter. The lining was $3 per metre off the sale table at Fabric Vision and is actually a satiny type of dress fabric. The interlining was left over from my son's onsie and my nappy making days. I chose to use the heavier polar fleece for the body of the fabric and some really light weight microfleece for the sleeves. The zip was out of my stash, so this project was actually quite an economical one, even though time consuming.
Like my charcoal and claret coat from last winter, I attached the interlining to the lining before stitching each piece together. It does make the coat very heavy, but it is soo cosy to wear without adding unnecessary bulk.
The only change I made to the coat was to let out the sleeves to the full extent of the seam allowance because I found them a little restrictive especially if I was wearing anything bulky underneath.
I love my new coat. It has been worn every day since I finished it. I find the neck a little wide on it, but that is part of the design, and does make wearing a scarf easy, in fact probably more of a necessity but since I do tend to anyway, this is no real problem.
Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention. See over to the right on your screen there is a little blue button! Well, I am participating in Indie Pattern Month at The Curious Kiwi and this is my first indie pattern for the month. By the way, there will be at least one more!