A Coat of One's Own

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/16/2013 to Sewing Projects

Pattern Photo How to Make the Coat My Own Vogue 8934

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I was steaming some wool in preparation for sewing a new coat using Vogue 8934, designed by the fabulous Marcy Tilton. Pre-shrinking wool at home is easy, but not very fun, so many sewistas are tempted to skip this step. You have to be thorough and make sure every inch of your fabric has been steamed. But doing so is much better than having it shrink on you later.

Next, I read the instructions thoroughly to help me decide how I would like to make this project my own. The pattern offers two versions: one is unlined and has patch variations that look very cool, and the other is lined and uses a fly front closing. Version A is more hip and Version B is more sleek. In reviewing the options, I decided that I wanted a combination of the two versions.

I am using Whirling Dervish Wool, a great fabric but I don't think the designer envisioned anything like this. It has a lot going on in its pattern and texture, so I don't think the patches from Version A will look good. I want to be able to throw this coat on over relatively plain black, brown or blue outfits, which I wear often in colder weather. The coat will be the standout piece and I don't think it will need a lining for how I plan to wear it. I'm thinking of some big buttons showing on the front and using a contrast fabric for the collar. And just maybe, I will add some cuffs. We'll see how it works out.

So, settling on an unlined coat with front buttons showing, it seems like I am sewing Version A without the patches. But, I decide that the back of Version B will be a better showcase for the Whirling Dervish fabric, so I will be using that.

Next up a pin fitting is in order. I'm pretty sure that I'll be shortening the sleeves, which I almost always do on any pattern. The pattern photos show beautiful models with these coats hitting them just above the knee. My guess is that these ladies are about 6' tall or more and since I'm only 5' 2, I will probably need to shorten the coat length a few inches to get it to hit me below the knee, which is where I want it to land.

Look for an update on this project in a couple of days. Until then, happy sewing!

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