I've got a coat post. Ok, I know its practically summer, but what can I say, slow blogger right here!
I made this coat for the hub for Christmas, technically it wasn't ready by Christmas but I think he got it in January, so not too bad. And pretty generous of me, if I do say so myself!
I used a burdastyle pattern....a woman's pattern! The first muslin I made up was huge, I really don't get Burda patterns, the sizes are weird and never the same. The 42 was much too big in the shoulder so I adjusted it a lot and changed the hood as you really could have fitted a head and a cat in there (not that I would be averse to carrying a cat around in my hood, it would be brilliant actually!)
I topstitched the whole lot, around the hood, down the opening edge, around the sleeves and the tabs. The fabric was a sort of brushed wool/felt thing in a deep forest green and the top stitching really gave a bit of interest to the otherwise plain fabric. I decided not to go with yellow for the top stitching to match the toggles and piping as I thought the coat already looked enough like an 8 year-old's coat and that might not have been the best look for a man of mature years!
The thing that really took the time was quilting the lining, which I did with a fleecy backing to give extra warmth. We live somewhere warm but the hub has an unnatural tendency to feel the cold. The quilted lining looks pretty awesome if you ask me.
I also hand sewed those bloody toggles on (slighty wonkily ...) as I couldnt get my machine through the layers at such an awkward angle. If I'd have properly thought it through I would have done them first but well, I didnt!
|The piping round the pockets is straight in real life!|
He loved it (but since its not really winter anymore hasn't worn it much yet) and I think it turned out grand.
Inspiring anyone to make a coat? Hmmmm, well perhaps not now, but wait until October you lot and you'll be knocking down my door to make yourself a coat at one of my coatmaking classes!