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Title: Coat-Along
Post by: Francesca on August 28, 2018, 10:47:07 AM
Anybody up for a non-competitive coat-along?

Me and @Ravingdoll considered this a while back and I'd like to have a go. @UttaRetch come on ;)

I originally wanted to sew a Vogue pattern but part of SWAKOP is a blue coat that I have the fabric for so I'm going to do that first (and watch RD's make to see if I can get some tips and advice!)

No hard and fast rules. Just sew coats together. Start from whenever and carry on until... end of the year maybe? Plenty of time (though I hope some of us would get coats done quicker).
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Lachica on August 28, 2018, 10:53:03 AM
Would a Moto jacket count?
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Acorn on August 28, 2018, 10:57:17 AM
I might!  I'd like to make another coat, although I did make two that I love last year, so it might be a bit of an extravagance.  (Did I say that as though it was a bad thing?!?)
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Lowena on August 28, 2018, 11:00:15 AM
I never wear a coat so I don't own one  -<.... but couldn't attempt to make one if I did  :D Good luck everyone  <3
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Francesca on August 28, 2018, 11:01:28 AM
Would a Moto jacket count?

That sounds like a coat!

Plus this is more loose than the competitive ones, very few rules. Dog coats count too  0_0
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Francesca on August 28, 2018, 11:02:10 AM
I might!  I'd like to make another coat, although I did make two that I love last year, so it might be a bit of an extravagance.  (Did I say that as though it was a bad thing?!?)

Wasn't one of yours an outdoorsy type jacket? What was the other one? What about a nice fancy wool coat in a neutral colour. It'll never go out of style then.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Acorn on August 28, 2018, 11:05:25 AM
The other was a pink and black wool mix with a gorgeous black satiny lining.  Duffle-coaty but without toggles.  This is it:

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With the other being bright red a neutral one would be a very good idea.  I'm really bad at buying neutral fabric though.  I go to look for it, then something catches my eye and I think 'ooh pretty' and I'm gone.

Dark blue or black would be very useful though.  With the two I have I can clash with just about everything in my wardrobe.

Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Francesca on August 28, 2018, 11:44:27 AM
I'm still trying to decide exactly which coat pattern to use.

This is my fabric. A totally gorgeous blue wool that I coveted for years and eventually bought. It has woven-in stripes that graduate in colour from one solid to another. Really different and interesting.

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For the lining I have some gunmetal grey silk charmeuse, so it'd be a really luxury coat.

I think I want to use Lekala as I've sewn coats using Lekala patterns a few times and it's always so easy. Due to the stripes I think the coat needs to be fairly straight and with few seams.

Some inspiration. I'm not sure what to do about a belt. Whether I go with a tie belt (my current black wool coat I take the belt and tie it in a knot in the middle rather than do up the plastic clasp), or do I do a belt like in the inspiration pic across the back only to keep the lines clean.

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Possible patterns:

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Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: fajita on August 28, 2018, 12:41:59 PM
That sounds like a coat!

Plus this is more loose than the competitive ones, very few rules. Dog coats count too  0_0

I made a dog coat once. I cut the sleeve from a fluorescent jacket.  Opened up the seam.  It was shaped beautifully to go over the dog. Top of the arm over the back of dogs neck. Couple of straps fastened with Velcro. Waterproof and visible in the dark.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Manuela on August 28, 2018, 14:22:07 PM
Hmmm, I might tag along with either a sleeveless trench coat or a cape...
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Sewingsue on August 28, 2018, 15:01:51 PM
I have one winter coat, black (funerals for the attending of)
My usual winter wear is a padded coat with hood.
I have a (long) list of things to make




Er, what is the pattern for the last coat Francesca - the one with the unusual collar?
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Francesca on August 28, 2018, 15:08:15 PM
Er, what is the pattern for the last coat Francesca - the one with the unusual collar?

That's the one that RD was considering making which I definitely want to make but doesn't fit with my SWAKOP theme, which is blue (the fabric was green). I will make it though! For definite.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Silver Rose on August 28, 2018, 15:13:39 PM
Mmm, I might be tempted to make the Lisette B6423 coat that was mentioned on TSP a while ago. I bought the pattern and then the summer intervened. The trouble is I do have one good quality wool winter coat I got from BHS about 6 years ago and an older black wool 3/4 length coat which I wear to go to the swimming pool on cold winter mornings. I could make the Lisette in a lighter weight fabric for Spring I suppose.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Nevis5 on August 28, 2018, 15:44:45 PM
I might be persuaded to join in :)  I've made a start already though, hope that's OK.  I'm doing a Burda coat from 2012, it's a cocoon shape in navy melton.  I've only got as far as fusing on the interfacings and sewing one seam and the side pockets though.  Not much more will be done now until October as I'm away for most of September.

I bought an M&S herringbone wool coat last year but although it was allegedly wool, I froze in it.   Hopefully this one will be warmer.

I love that pattern with the unusual neckline, @Francesca

Nice coat, @Acorn !  Just my kind of colour scheme....  I have a pile of magenta boiled wool that I need to turn into something warm and coat-ey too ......
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: sewmuchmore on August 28, 2018, 17:41:44 PM
I need another coat like I need a hole in the head (made 3 last winter). BUT I did buy some purple checked coating at Fabworks earlier in the year with the intentions of making a jacket and I also bought some bright blue and black coating from The Shuttle a couple of months ago, oh and while I think about it I have also got some heavy crepe that would make a nice jacket.

I have also got a couple of jacket patterns bookmarked this (https://www.wafflepatterns.com/product-page/utility-jacket-tosti) this (https://www.wafflepatterns.com/product-page/pdf-sewing-pattern-women-shawl-collar-jacket-luffa) and this (http://oki-style.de/pattern/jacket/pattern-jacket-story.html)

I think I have just talked myself into this. I won't be able to start till October 'cos we are out on the boat from tomorrow.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Starryfish on August 28, 2018, 18:14:39 PM
I quite fancy making a softshell coat , either the zip up coat from the new Ottobre magazine or the Jalie City coat. I will  send for some samples from https://www.myfabrics.co.uk/softshell-fabrics.html?PageNumber=0&PageSize=96.

I wish we could get the kasha lining over here, it would be marvellous for lined coats instead of interlining with domette or flannel.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Francesca on August 28, 2018, 19:25:09 PM
I wish we could get the kasha lining over here, it would be marvellous for lined coats instead of interlining with domette or flannel.

Maybe if enough of us wanted it we could do a group order from overseas? Split the postage between more of us. I'd definitely be in.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Tamnymore on August 28, 2018, 20:03:25 PM
I like a nice coat so might be persuaded to join in... after I tackle the backlog.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: UttaRetch on August 28, 2018, 20:34:01 PM
I like this

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7418/13046579863_c8a072254f.jpg)

interpretation of the Luffa jacket.  I don't see me making a coat now this year, despite the fact that I have been promising for several years now to make a new and better winter coat.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Lachica on August 28, 2018, 22:45:04 PM
Go for it @UttaRetch. If I'm allowed a moto jacket then you're allowed a flowery one.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: mudcat on August 29, 2018, 06:34:15 AM
I bought the The Maker's Atelier book last year to try their rather spendy patterns.  I want to make mid-thigh length raw edge coat from some navy/green Italian wool/mohair tweedy woven fabric (https://d1n6qhrg971suf.cloudfront.net/images/woolmohair_greenflecks.jpg) from EOS. Probably won't get to until early November when it finally starts to cool off a bit here.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: WendyW on August 29, 2018, 06:41:50 AM
I've got a fabric that's been waiting to become a bomber jacket. Maybe this will motivate me to get it done.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Renegade Sewist on August 29, 2018, 07:17:11 AM
OK. Looks like the US contingent will give coats a stab. Like Mudcat, when it starts to cool off here, maybe post SWAKOP unless I wind up trying a coat for that in which case, sooner.

I'm addicted to coat patterns though it's seldom cool enough for a proper coat. But I'm thinking some long unstructered, unlined trench type coat in...linen. Chocolate brown linen. I have scads of it, all the same base, some with marvelous embroidery in black on it. Might combine that with plain. We'll see.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: UttaRetch on August 29, 2018, 08:45:27 AM
Go for it @UttaRetch. If I'm allowed a moto jacket then you're allowed a flowery one.
I made this
(https://i.imgur.com/A2BILQp.jpg)
coat a few years' ago and have another length of tapestry fabric very similar to that used for the Luffa jacket.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: wrenkins on August 29, 2018, 09:18:17 AM
I love that coat Utta. I would wear it all day every day and probably sleep in it!  :loveit:
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: annieg on August 29, 2018, 10:15:36 AM
I have some knitted boucle fabric (quite bulky, but lightweight) which would make a nice car coat (what we used to call them) - any pattern suggestions anyone?
Annieg
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Lachica on August 29, 2018, 10:52:37 AM
@UttaRetch that coat is amazing, I'd wear it until it was in tatters. I guess you don't need a second one though.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Holly Berry on August 29, 2018, 16:51:04 PM
I think I wil join in. The fabric is already cut out and has been for 2 years so it’s time I made it up.

The pattern is https://sewdirect.com/acatalog/Vogue___8346.html. and I’ve cut it out in purple wool and have some black faux fur to make the shawl collar and possibly cuffs, but not sure at the moment.

Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: wrenkins on August 29, 2018, 17:18:34 PM
Oooo nice @Holly Berry. Which one are you doing?
I had a similar style a long time ago but the vent at the back went up to my behind so when the wind blew I might as well have been wearing a blazer. :( It was Air Force blue and I loved it.
I have no need for a coat but I'm thinking maybe a jackety thing just to learn some more skills.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Holly Berry on August 29, 2018, 18:10:35 PM
@wrenkins it’s view E. I’ve got so much faux fur, as I had to buy a minimum of 1mtr I might even make a Cossack hat  0_0
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: wrenkins on August 29, 2018, 18:48:36 PM
Or maybe one like this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gRykOeWvn4)
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: UttaRetch on August 29, 2018, 19:01:19 PM
The pattern is https://sewdirect.com/acatalog/Vogue___8346.html.

I made this

(https://i.imgur.com/F9m4ZUc.jpg)

from that Vogue pattern as well as a dress and dressing gown.  It's an easy pattern and sews up relatively quickly.  The coat is the one I have been intending to replace ever since I made it.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Lachica on August 29, 2018, 20:22:26 PM
@UttaRetch that is also fabulous. I like your orange lining. I don't understand why you don't sew more- you're obviously very skilled.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: UttaRetch on August 29, 2018, 20:24:52 PM
It takes me too long and I get discouraged easily when things go wrong.  I am also often disappointed with the end result.  The fabric for that coat was too thin and I don't like the way the sleeves hang.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Lachica on August 29, 2018, 20:33:35 PM
Well my standards are obviously not as high as yours. Sometimes 'good enough' is good enough.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Holly Berry on August 29, 2018, 23:36:07 PM
@UttaRetch I don’t know why I’ve hesitated making this up as I love the style and fabric and it’s got such good reviews. I love the detail on the back and the contrasting lining of yours. I’m afraid I’m a little conservative with lining and always seem to go with matching!

The main thing that’s putting me off is the lack of structure as there seems to be little interfacing and “tailoring” and I’ve chosen quite a heavyweight wool, which needs some tailoring.

Since cutting out I’ve bought a Craftsy course by Alison Smith and made a speed tailored coat. I messaged her through the course and asked her about this coat. She said she has made the coat and explained what interfacing it needed, so I’m going to have a go.
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: mudcat on August 30, 2018, 03:14:34 AM
Lovely coat @UttaRetch
Title: Re: Coat-Along
Post by: Ploshkin on August 30, 2018, 09:08:50 AM
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I’ve bought a Craftsy course by Alison Smith
Both of Alison Smith's Craftsy courses are excellent, there is so much information in them and they don't put you to sleep like many others.  It's good to hear that she responds to queries.

I (very tentatively) may tag along as I have been intending to have a go at a jacket for DH for the last couple of years.  I've never attempted a man's jacket before but have done a bit of tailoring for myself.  I bought a couple of male jacket patterns way back and autumn/winter is when I get most sewing done so there's nothing to stop me really.