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Textured Woven Dress Coat: McCall's 7848

Hi Minerva Crafters,

Welcome back to the Minerva Crafts blog. Today, I am back on the blog sharing my review of McCall’s 7848 using this beautiful Coating Fabric from Minerva. Lately, I’ve been sewing jackets and coats nonstop. I remember a time when I was uncomfortable with the idea and kept putting it off. However, after completing my first blazer and moto jacket, I'm feeling more confident. I have found that I'm getting better after each coat or jacket I sew.


This textured woven coating Fabric comes in blue and coral. I made my coat using the coral pattern. The heavy woven non-stretch check fabric is beautiful with a mix of blues, pinks, and purple throughout. I wanted to make sure I matched up the stripes as much as possible so I cut the front and back pattern pieces one at a time. I did not take the same approach for the sleeves and neckband. I later realized that I didn’t match the grainlines, so I wasn’t sure whether the stripes would match or not. Sure enough, it worked out very well.

Pattern and Modifications:

To create this coat, I used the McCall 7848 pattern. The fitted lined coat pattern has a front zipper, side seam pockets, and an option to use contrast sleeves. Also, there are length variations, an option for a hood with a contrast band, and tie belt.

I chose version C without contrasting sleeves and cut a size 10 for the top and size 12 for the skirt. I made several modifications listed below:

  • Reduced the bodice side front by 1 ¼ inch

  • Reduced the side seams by 1 inch

  • Reduced the sleeves by 2 inches

  • Reduced the sleeve cap by 1 inch

  • Inserted fusible fleece to the sleeve cap. This helped eliminated the sleeve from collapsing

  • Replaced the 30-inch zipper with five 1 inch buttons

For me, most of the modifications listed are standard and I typically have to adjust the bodice to fit me properly. However, I struggled with deciding between a zipper and buttons. I initially inserted a pink 30-inch separating zipper. However, I was not in love with the result and felt that something was missing. I walked away from the project for a few days but could not figure out what was missing. After showing the coat to my husband, he recommended replacing the zipper with buttons immediately. He thought the coat was not flattering with the zipper up to my neck with a stand-up collar. I eventually removed the zipper and installed the buttons and that changed the entire look of the coat.

Besides the modifications, the pattern was simple to construct. Of course, it does require a few techniques. However, if you've made a bodice and skirt with buttons and zippers before you will be able to create this coat.


I styled this coat casually with my me-made white linen wrap top, (details of this top is on my blog), light denim jeans and white converses. This coat is one of my favorites. The fabric was a dream to work with and the colors are striking. I am in love with the final look and I can't wait to brighten up the winter months with this beautifully bright textured coat.

Thanks, Minerva for the supplies and thank you for reading!

Happy Sewing!


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