During this time most of us look back over the year and the reassess the goals we set back in January. I always set new sewing goals every year. I never complete everything on my sewing list, but I'm glad I was able to squeeze this coat out before the new year rings in.
I've had Butterick 6385 in my stash for a few years and was too intimidated to sew it up. Thankfully, after sewing the Clare Coat last year (see it here) I now feel I can tackle any coat. I loved the navy melton wool I used for the Clare so I jumped at this emerald green melton wool when it was listed. I love the rich green color and and felt it would be the perfect pop of color for my winter wardrobe. Unfortunately this gorgeous shade of green sold out, but here is a similar wool blend in a grey. Fabric Mart also has a large selection of coatings, here.
This pattern is very straight forward. I hate winter as I dislike being cold, so I chose to sew view C because I the funnel collar will protect my neck from wind. I did prefer the plain pocket flaps on view B/C so I did use those. All views feature princess seams, pockets, a back yoke with forward shoulders, and lining.
The pattern calls for some topstitching at the front side, back side and yoke seams which I started to skip, but I'm glad I took the time to do. It's a very small detail but one I think makes it look more professional.
This melton wool sews up beautifully and presses easily. I love a colorful lining so I went with this purple bemberg that I received at a white elephant gift exchange.
If you follow me on Instagram (here) then you know I debated whether to use these buttons or gold buttons. Although ultimately gold won with 52% of the votes, the early lead was with the blue/green buttons and that's what I purchased. Truly, I think either would have worked, but I love the monochromatic look of this choice.
If you have been putting off sewing a coat, I highly recommend B6385 and this melton wool. This wool sews and presses wonderfully, it's great to work with.
See you in the new year!