Saturday, 22 August 2015

A Coat for Winter

Winter sewing plans are being put down early this year. Both girls need warm coats which are the main projects, so I thought I would tackle them first and get them out of the way.

A couple of weeks ago, we went up to Mostyn in North Wales where the HQ of Abakhan fabrics is located and I bought everything I needed for the coats.

Boo already has her school coat sorted, I managed to pick a woollen duffle up in the January sales but she needed a play coat. I had a Farbenmix pattern that was very well received when I first made it 2 years ago and pulling the pattern out, I saw that I only needed the next size up. This pattern goes a long way!


The pattern can be found here. It is a fully lined, A-line jacket that can be made to look very funky or plain depending on personal taste and the fabric used. I used baby cord on my first one and a cotton canvas on this one. 

There are three different pocket options; a large kangaroo pocket for the front, a small pleated pocket for the chest and a smaller accent pocket which could go anywhere. I was tempted to pop it on the sleeve but in the end just left it off altogether.


We spotted the rainbow appliques in a local shop and I couldn't resist, they break the coat up nicely and since I have made it up quite plain, they add some interest.


The lining is a slippery poly-satin in cream. She loves how the coat just slides on. 

The hood is lined in a cotton poplin with little russian dolls. It was a scrap piece that just happened to go nicely with the blue canvas. Although you can't see it, the kangaroo pocket is lined with some blue flannel. It feels so lovely to slip your hands into!


The little neck tab, fixed with a snap and the cuff ribbing ensures that chill winds don't find their way into the coat. I also chose to interline the entire coat, even the hood. I was worried that the canvas would be too thin if we have a cold snap. I used fusible fleece (Vilene H630) which is low volume and works beautifully on clothing.


The hood is really deep too. I forgot to ask her to slip it on but believe me, it really does come down low over her head. Great for keeping her snug.


I knew the sleeves would be long on her from holding the pattern pieces against her, but seeing as it is August and this coat is to see her through till February at least, I wasn't too worried.

She won't need to wear it for a while yet, but it is ready!


10 comments:

  1. That coat is just so perfect. I really love it. I am awful at zippers (but usually they are on the back so it doesn't matter as much). I'd be afraid to do a long one like that. But I love your coat so much I am going to look at the pattern. Your daughter is so lucky to have such a special coat.

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    1. Thank you Christine! I had a very rare moment of the zip going in first time - that never happens!

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  2. It's brilliant, I absolutely love it. The spotty fabric combined with the pattern works so well, and the rainbow is like the cherry on the cake.

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    1. Thank you so much! I think she will wear it a lot as it is very snuggly.

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  3. Katy, this coat is SPECTACULAR. Seriously. I love it! It's sewn beautifully but you also chose great fabrics and the rainbow appliqués just add that little something. My favorite part is the matryoshka doll hood lining - I had a 1.5 yard cut of that Kokka print in a different color way and it made its way into four garments before I ran out (actually I still have a few tiny pieces for future appliques, I could not bear to waste any of it). One of my favorite fabrics ever!

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    1. The fabric was a lucky find in my scraps tub. I had just enough for the hood lining and nothing else.
      Thank you so much for the lovely compliments. Sewing a coat always seems like a big deal but when you break it all down, its not so bad after all.

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  4. I am in awe of your coat making skills - something that I haven't tried yet! Maybe this year...! My parents are on their way back from the Abakan shop, I'm hoping they've picked something nice up for me!!

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    1. I always find great knit fabrics whenever I go in. I stocked up on sweatshirt fabrics a couple of weeks ago which are always so hard to find in the UK.
      You must try a coat, you would do a great job!

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  5. Oh wow, that looks so professional.
    You have such a great eye for all the little trimmings.
    Gorgeous

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I am looking forward to her wearing this one.

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