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Winter Coat

Simplicity pattern #2508 Project Runway print.


I am revisiting this pattern because the pattern has different style options to choose and the first time I had sewn this pattern I had little knowledge of sewing coats.  I thought it would give me some experience in coat making. 

The first coat I made was made of fleece and the jacket looked much like the view of the white coat.  I followed the directions from start to finish, no big deal right??

The coat felt and look great, I wore it a few times during the cold months. But picking it back up for the following fall/winter, the coat has that "stretched out or over worn look to it.  I decided to scrap it, revisit the pattern and make a better quality garment.

Lucky for me, during the year, we had a making tailor jackets class in my sewing guild and members brought very useful "how to tailor jacket books." 

So, back to the pattern and cutting out was a breeze (previously used pattern), I only had to cut-out the different style I was going after and begin sewing it. 

I had decided to go with a 100% wool chevron pattern fabric and this wool is soft and a bit stretchy. 

The pattern directions were easy to follow and complete. 

I added an embroidery design that was pre-loaded on the sewing machine.

I didn't follow the directions completely this time, I wanted my belt to be attached to the jacket, so in place of the tab that goes there, I replaced it with the belt and sewn on belt loops.  Also, the before mentioned "how-to tailor a jacket" books come in handy after the pattern directions have been completed and seasoned sewing buddies know that your are not finished yet...

Arduous task: to prevent the fabric from "sagging" after certain number of wears, you would have to hand baste the fabric and lining together in the ditch of the seams. Then sew in the ditch. Remove basting. 

Doesn't It look great? Thanks for reading!

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