Saturday, January 14, 2017

Made by a Fabricista: Another Winter Coat

I had to make another winter coat and this time in a trend...mustardy-yellow. Can you blame me? This color is all over the place and I love it! Instead of being a year or two late, I decided for once in my life to be (sort of) on time for a fashion trend!




Here is the pattern I choose. It is a uni-sex pattern. I'd previously made it for my son and knew what I needed to do to make it fit me. And, guess what? You can find this pattern on Fabric Mart's site! Here is a link: Colette Albion Coat
If you don't like following links, here is a picture :)
Albion 

I love the fabric I chose for this coat. It has a nice heft to it and is soft and warm!. And, isn't it a great color?


This fabric doesn't ravel at all, so to finish off the seams, I choose to topstitch 1/4" on each side of the seamline. There was only one seam that I was unable to do this and that one you can see in the photo below.



This fabric is a bit heavy, for the some of the details, such as the patch pocket flaps, I cut that as one piece, rather than two, and simply folded it over and stitched. I had a much better result than trying to get a nice neat flap with two layers of fabric and interfacing. Those corners just wouldn't behave as well as I would have liked! But now, they look great!



Next, I interlined the coat by fusing batting to the lining fabric. I love using a floral or unexpected fabric in my coat linings. When you open it or leave it unzipped, others get a view they didn't expect.



I also decided to add a zipper to this coat as it doesn't call for one but thought the addition would give some added benefits of added warmth and overall comfort from the wind chill that is so prevalent in the northern plains of the United States. It gets unbelievably cold here when the wind blows! If you have ever been on recess duty for 20 minutes you will know what I mean. Typically there are no trees or other obstacles to stop or slow down the wind...



No winter coat isn't complete with a bit of fun and I decided the addition of a little faux fur at the collar would add the flair I was hoping for!


My toggles were purchased from JoAnn's along with the faux fur and zip. Everything else I used for this coat was from my stash.


Wow do I love this coat and with winter officially starting not that long ago, I know I will face some cold weather with it during 2017 and years beyond!

Thanks so much for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!

13 comments:

  1. When those winds are blowing you will be warm in this gorgeous coat, Sue. I especially like the zipper and toggle detail....stylish and practical. Thanks for brightening up my screen today.

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  2. Very nice! and looks VERY warm! I never make coats as I hardly need one for our Texas winters but they look like a fun make! Great work.

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  3. Love this coat! Fantastic color and great execution.

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  4. Beautifully made, gorgeous color and the lining is fun.

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  5. Beautiful coat! That color is awesome!

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  6. This is adorable, Sue! I love the printed lining on the inside, and the faux fur flair!

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  7. That is a beautiful coat! Quite impressive!

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  8. That isa beautiful coat! Quite impressive!

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  9. Beautiful coat! I love the faux fur and the zipper, a very high end result :)

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  10. I love your coat, you picked a great color for it!

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  11. A really good coat certainly makes the difference between being comfortable and just waiting to get back inside as quickly as possible. I had thought a coat like this would only be useful in Alaska, where I used to live, but I have discovered that it can be equally useful here in NW Florida where I now reside. It's a real damp cold here. I've been looking for another coat pattern and I believe this one is it.. Thanks so much for sharing, otherwise I may never have seen this particular pattern here along the warm and sunny gulf coast...(0;

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  12. Wow, lovely job on this. I have this pattern and it makes me nervous when I think about making it, lol! So inspiring!

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  13. Wow, thank you all so much for your kind and encouraging words! I do appreciate it and I really love this coat!

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