Friday, May 16, 2014

Handmade Big Girl Coat! For Me!

(Thanks to my 2 year old for taking these photos!)

I just finished sewing up this new winter coat for myself! I've never taken on such a big sewing project!

I originally bought the navy corduroy to make a nice winter skirt, but decided that I could probably buy one for the same amount of money the fabric costs, so instead I perused Pattern Postie, an online pattern shop that'll post them to you, and hunted out the perfect coat pattern. Coats are pricey (and so is new fabric) so I thought it was a good challenging thing to make for myself to make the cost worth it.


I was SO happy with my Pattern Postie service! I had some questions about the pattern including a lining and they got back to me really quickly and included a photo of the back measurements and supplies. While I waited for it to arrive in the post I used that picture to go and get all the extra fabric I needed. Genius. 

I ended up going with this New Look 6153 pattern, hoping that the style was so generic it wouldn't fashion-age too much.  

I love the lining. Fun colours to brighten up a winter day!



It's really really baggy, but it suited perfectly this morning as I was layered up for a freezing winters morning! It's supposed to be full and baggy, but it feels a little weird to wear something so BIG, when most of my jackets have been tight fitting, and snug in the past. I hope it doesn't look ridiculous in real life. 

I ended up adding a button, but put it in the wrong place, only realising after I wore it for the first time today and the collar lapel bit didn't sit quite right. 

Also, my sleeves ended up gathered and a bit bunched. I'm sure to the untrained eye its not a big deal, but I can tell. I don't think I stretched out the sleeves properly when I sewed them in place, whoops. I may re do this, there's a 50/50 chance, but unpicking in chord is just so frustrating!!


I so love my new handmade coat, it's no Talia, but it'll do. 

OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS:
Check out the new MooMooInn backyard now! All that green! Compared with this! Haha!

Thanks to MrMoo, always. I'd probably feel like I couldn't sew if you weren't so supportive. Money, time; It could seem so selfish, but you make it so its not.

Milla, thanks for being my photographer this morning ;)

Not a sponsored post.


6 comments:

  1. It's great Sophie! Don't sell yourself short. Making a coat is an awesome achievement; even if it looks like a dog's breakfast (which it totally doesn't!!) you can still be proud! Woo hoo for yoo. (See what I did there?) Love the lining too. xx

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  2. And you call yourself a beginner sewer! Pfft whatever - you are AWESOME! Love the lining too! What a clever cookie! (And Bronwyn from Pattern Postie is lovely aye?)

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  3. Love the colour of this, and the lining looks so smug - I know what you mean about not being happy woth details that don't sit 'quite right'. Decisions, decisions :-)
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  4. Well DONE!! You clever lady. xxx

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  5. It looks so fab! I'm terrible at sewing for myself, I always see the faults! I love the service at Pattern Postie, Bronwyn is so helpful and it's so much easier looking at the patterns online rather than with a child in tow at a fabric shop!

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  6. Sewing is a great way to unwind and I personally think it's important for our kids to see us doing something for ourselves so they realise that life isn't just about them! It also gives them a chance to learn a new skill when they're ready too. Your jacket looks great.

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