This coat pattern is getting a lot of attention....look at how cute it is! This is Butterick 6423
I love everything about it. Here is the description from the back of the pattern envelope: Very loose-fitting lined coat has front shaped princess seam with pocket, curved gusset under arm, lower back seam with pleat.
I choose to highlight some of the design elements, especially the shaped front seam that extends into a pocket! How clever! Actually, that is my favorite detail....
I used a heavy wool coating I've had in my stash for quite some time, years actually! This past Christmas, my two beautiful daughters challenged me to actually sew from my stash--now that's a novel concept, huh? We agreed to not purchase a single thing in order to complete this challenge--which lasts the entire month of January. While I am happy with many of the makes I've made, I know to make a dent in my stash, I have to extend this...at least until March! Do you think I might have a bit of a problem? I am however very happy that I finally sewed up this fabric. And, I made a very colorful lining with a floral 100% silk that I've also had for several years. I think this coat is a match made in heaven for fabrics!
Construction of this coat is straight forward. My only deviation from the instructions was when I inserted the leather piping I used...yes, this was also from my stash! I decided to sew together the piping, insert the piping on the princess seam, and then proceed with the directions. If I was a brand newbie, I would wait before trying this coat, despite the 'easy' rating. There is a lining to insert, inseam pockets, lots of hand sewing, etc. Make sure you have a bit of experience before you try this pattern. It isn't difficult, but it does require a bit of precision and there are a lot of steps.
Fitting this coat is a bit of a challenge, and I could have done better...I may end up taking it apart a bit...or I may end up just enjoying the easy fit.
I made a sloping shoulder adjustment along with a swayback adjustment and that's it. I looked at the finished measurements for the bust area and decided it should fit fine and it does.
With this big old collar, I highly recommend under-stitching it all the way around until you get to where the collar roll stops. Since my wool is so very heavy, I decided to topstitch 3/8" from the edge.
This was a fun coat to make, and I received some nice compliments today about it. Isn't it great when someone comments on your me-made makes?
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