Good morning, everyone! Spring has officially, sprung! While I am thoroughly impressed with the much improved weather, I can’t believe that we’re already in March! Time is flying when you’re have fun, I guess.

I was secretly hoping that we would be having warmer temperatures, when I chose my fabrics back in freezing December. I really wanted to make a pastel colored, light weight, spring jacket and when I stumbled over this viscose Coating Fabric, I knew I had found the perfect fabric for it. The fabric comes in 17 colors and I have my eye on the pink and duck egg colored coating, as well. A girl needs to have a coat in every color! The fabric is beautifully soft and is easy to work with. It presses like a dream and works really well with structured patterns.

I chose to make up the Schnittchen Patterns Joanna Coat in a size 40, which is true to size. I really liked, that the coat doesn’t have a collar, I always wear bulky scarfs and wraps and always need to unbutton at least one button to fit myself and the scarf into the coat! HAHAHA I really love the simple design and the very interesting details, such as the diagonal seams on the sides of the coat and the inseam pockets, that consist of a shell-pocket piece and a lining piece. 

The coat comes in two different lengths, I chose the shorter jacket style version, as I prefer it to the longer one. The construction of the coat is very straight forward, as you do not have to assemble a collar and therefore only have to deal with the lapels, I absolutely recommend this pattern for any beginner, who’d like to level up on their skills. And yes, the instruction come in English!

I initially thought about using a plain Anti-Static Fabric for the lining and did actually use this one, for my sleeves. Using a slippery or anti-static fabric in the sleeves, makes it easier to slide in and out of your jacket, especially if you are using a lawn or cotton for the rest of the lining. I have a real soft spot for colorful linings, when it comes to coats and jackets and have had my eye on Lisa Comfort’s beautiful lawn prints for a while. (I actually sewed up a dress with one of her other lawn prints, last summer.) Her lilac Busy Blossom Fabric does have a little bit of mint in the print, which perfectly ties in with the minty shell and is a match made in heaven, as far as I am concerned! 

I really enjoyed working with the fabric, as it presses really well and doesn’t misbehave when being sewn up. I used these two 22.5mm Buttons, choosing to ignore making buttonholes and instead sewed on snaps. I actually only sewed on the snaps, after I took the pictures, which is why you can’t see them.

This was a really quick make, I think I spent about 4 hours cutting out and sewing the entire jacket over one weekend and I really love it! I’m ready to pack away my dark winter clothes and want to wear all the pastel colors, this spring! Wishing you all a great weekend.

Bianca @sleepless_in_bavaria

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