Every year I make a winter coat or jacket. I enjoy working on it between projects. I started this coat last fall. I finished it a while ago but didn’t get around to taking pictures until today. Of course I chose a day with a high of 80 degrees.
I’ve had this quilted polyester from Fabric Mart in my stash for a few years. I wanted a very simple coat to wear to work in the winter. I chose this pattern because I like the seaming details and the asymmetrical front closing. The view I chose has snaps instead of buttons/buttonholes. The pattern also has a back pleat but I chose to omit it because my fabric would never have held a pleat.
I lengthened the sleeves by 1″. I usually have to do this with coats of jackets. I also added a back stay and sleeve heads. Shoulder pads are optional with this pattern. I opted to go with 3/8″ shoulder pads. When making coats or jackets I always refer to “Jackets For Real People”. It is a Palmer/Pletsch Publication. The coat is fully lined.
I have one big dislike about this pattern: One-piece sleeves. Why do pattern companies do this? Better yet, why aren’t I more confident in altering the sleeve to be a two-piece sleeve? I found a few tutorials on-line on how to make a two-piece sleeve with a one-piece sleeve but I chickened out at the last minute and sewed the sleeve as is. I pledge to challenge myself to create a two-piece sleeve when faced with the opportunity in the future.
My sister knitted a scarf to go with my coat.I figured I was already wearing a coat, boots, tights and a turtleneck in 80 degree weather, I might as well go all the way and add a scarf and gloves.