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I am entering this in the Pattern Review Winter Wear Contest (not because I expect to win, but because these contests have proven to be incredible learning experiences for me).

The winter weather in the Pacific Northwest tends to be wet, wet, wet. I considered making a raincoat, but changed my mind during a recent wind storm. When the wind blows here, you need something to insulate you from the cold as much as something to keep you dry.

A wool coat would fit the bill perfectly. I wanted to use wool for this project, primarily because it is hygroscopic, i.e. the fiber can absorb up to 30 percent of its weight in moisture while still feeling warm and dry against your skin. (Info found in The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes.)

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Pattern Description:

Burda’s description: Tight fits are a thing of the past! This casual A-line coat offers plenty of room for winter pullovers. Choose between two lengths. For view B, use a bias-cut plaid fabric to create a swinging style.

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Note: I sewed the shorter style. After tissue-fitting the longer version, I decided it looked a lot like a circus tent. Not flattering. I’m having a hard time imagining that looking good on anyone.

Pattern Sizing:

European 36-48.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?

For the most part, yes. I was a little confused about a couple of points related to the collar and facing, but eventually meditation revealed the true meaning behind cryptic instructions/illustrations. Occasionally, I just did things my own way and hoped they’d work out. Since this wasn’t a particularly complicated design, I felt more confident “winging it.”

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I chose the pattern based on the type of fabric I had: a heavily textured, thick wool fabric. I couldn’t choose anything with too many fancy details, because they’d be lost in the fabric’s uneven texture and “poofiness.”

Fabric Used:

Fashion Fabric: Vera Wang Lavender Label Teal Boucle bought during the huge fabric.com sale in 2009.

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Lining: Iridescent blend…I believe there’s some rayon in it, but will have to double-check this.

Interlining: Cotton flannel

Underlining: Palmer Pletsch PerfectFuse Light

Interfacing for front facings: Need to look this up…

Interfacing for undercollar: Fusible horsehair canvas…worked great!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Normally, I’d made a size larger from the waist down, but this dramatic A-line style made that unnecessary.

I did not topstitch the facings, because I thought it wouldn’t look nice on this particular fabric. Instead, I hand-stitched the fold of the facing to the body using a loose catch stitch.

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I also did not create buttonholes. Even with interfacing, I had little confidence that the fabric would hold up very long. Instead, I sewed on 30mm snaps.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

No, I probably won’t sew this again, although it was a pleasure to create. There are too many other fun designs to try!. I’d recommend it to others without hesitation, though.

Conclusion:

I love, love, love it!

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