Time to Make a Coat!
Posted on Tuesday the 27th February 2018 by Ida Aida Sewing
For this month's project here on Minerva Craft's I decided to make a coat, I'ts been two years since I last made an outwear garment and as I had a gap in my closet for an everyday coat I thought it was about time to make one.
Like in my previous month's project I picked up a pattern from the German Nahtrends magazine issue 10/18 and this time I used the Teya Yabar Coat pattern. It is a collarless coat and that's the reason I chose it as I wanted to see how this style looks on me.
The fabric I chose is this Italian Boucle Wool Blend Fabric which was a pleasure to work with, I find it to be medium to heavy weight and my sewing machine didn't have a problem to sew it. I interlined all the bodice pieces with a cotton fabric from my stash to give the coat more structure. I made quite a few changes to the pattern stylwise like not adding the sleeve band as the length of the sleeve was right without it and in this everyday coat I preferred not to have the sleeve bands. Moreover, in the front panel it features a rectangular pattern piece were the pockets are attached, instead I totally ignored it and drafted the pattern so that is is just one piece and I placed in seam pockets in the side seam. Again I was aiming for a simple lines everyday coat. That being said, I did add a seam in the back instead of cutting it on fold as the pattern requires, I did want to have simple lines but I find that a centre back seam adds more structure and help the fabric and coat to keep it's shape.
To finish it I edge stitched along the neckline and front opening and hemmed it by hand as one has to with wool fabrics.
One of my favourite feature of this coat are the Buttons that I chose, It did take me a while to choose as there are so many choices but in the end I went for these Crendon horse head metal buttons, they have a shank so they are great for coats and I chose the silver colour which matches perfectly with my fabric, I do prefer metal buttons for coats and I especially love these ones for featuring the horse head as horses are from my favourite animals.
As for the style of this coat, I've decided that I prefer the coats with some kind of a collar from this one but I'm glad I tried it and added it in my wardrobe, will be happily wearing it during the few winter days left as in Athens usually you need a wool coat until March and after that more light wear coats are required.