Friends, this shall forevermore be known as The Coat in capital letters! It is, without doubt, the longest and trickiest garment I've made, but I absolutely love it. Much thanks to the poor, long-suffering, Andrew who has had to listen to random streams of consciousness about coat making for the last seven weeks! And far warning, there are about a billion photos in this post, (well, maybe not that many)...
I'm not going to waffle too much in this post, The Coat can do the talking! But here's a list of all my blog posts about it, and also all the resources I used:
Resources - All bought by me, except for my tailoring book, which was a present from my sister.
Bound buttonholes -The Bound Buttonhole Ebook - by Karen Ball
Craftsy Class - "Pattern Making And Design: Creative Sleeves" - I used this to change the one piece sleeve on the pattern to a two piece sleeve.
Craftsy Class - "Pattern Making And Design: Collars And Closures" - I used this to alter the collar and lapel.
Craftsy Class - "Classic Tailoring: The Blazer" - I used this for drafting the pieces for the canvas interfacing, and pad-stitching the collar and lapels, and making the back stay.
Sewing Sleeveheads - Video from Gertie's Blog For Better Sewing
Craftsy Class - "Inside Vogue Patterns: Coat Making Techniques V9040" - I used this for sewing the hem lining and making the swing tacks.
Book - "Tailoring: the classic guide to sewing the perfect jacket"
I think I did a pretty good job of re-creating my inspiration coat above, which I believe was from Top Shop. The only thing I didn't do was the cuffs on the sleeves. Well, I did do them, but they looked rubbish, and I had enough fabric left to re-cut ordinary two-piece sleeves.
I used this magnetic clasp to close the insides together to the right of the buttons. This was harvested from my old black winter coat.
I used some black cotton fabric for the underneath of the epaulets, back tab and faux pocket flaps to reduce bulk.
I am beyond thrilled with how my coat turned out, and dare I say, am looking forward to the winter to get to wear it! I like to think that it was fueled by Tardis power, because I watched four series of Doctor Who whilst making it. Also, I can totally see me running around the Tardis in this coat - Bwah Ha Ha!!
Thank you very much for reading all my waffling about making this coat. I'm glad so many people have found it interesting, and good luck if you're making your own winter coat.