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« on: November 03, 2012 05:48:23 PM »

This was my first winter coat I ever made for myself, back in 2008.  The pattern was McCalls 5513 and I used the size 10 to allow me to wear a thick sweater under it and still be able to close the coat.  The fabric was a gift from my hubby as an anniversary present.  The fabrics were Plum colored wool coating, purple plaid wool suiting, and a purple wool sateen.  I went with all wool for warmth, even though I'm allergic to it, it does it's job lol.
 
I sort of made the buttons from velvet covered ones I found.  I added the rhinestones to it because I had a thing for bling at the time (my phone was COVERED in rhinestones).  I ended up only using 3 buttons since I didn't like the way they looked when I laid them all out, it was too cluttered looking.

I also lengthened the sleeves to make it more wearable for NYC winters. I omitted the applique on the back since it was kind of tacky looking to me. The collar facing is also made of the coat wool in case I want to fold it down. There is also a bit more top-stitching to give it a more professional finished look. I didn't top-stitch down the pleats, I left them open to give it bit more flowiness.

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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2012 07:27:41 PM »

skillz.  damn thats awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2012 06:09:07 AM »

Pretty! I like coats like that: warm, comfy and stylish.

Great job! I should really make me a coat one day. I think I have the skills, the costs of the wool fabric is what stops me so far!
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2012 06:27:58 AM »

This is stunning and with all that wool, must be warm. Great Job.
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2012 07:07:46 AM »

The fabric was a steal, all of it cost about $30 in a closeout bin, my hubby was diving into a dumpster type bin full of misc types of fabrics for a set price.  He actually found and coordinated all the fabrics on his own, I was so proud lol.  Depending on where you look, the wool can be anywhere from $5/yd on up for better stuff.  I had a friend actually re-purpose an old wool blanket for a coat and you'd never know.  She found it at a thrift shop for $10.
This pattern was a lot more work than the one I used for my hooded fall jacket.  That pattern was a lot easier to use and still looks great http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416331.0 .  If you want to make a jacket and want an easier pattern, I'd go with that first.
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012 10:14:12 AM »

This coat is so beautiful. The combination of plum wool and pleating is very luxe. Incredible job.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012 06:44:39 PM »

That is really awesome! I wanna make a coat, but my skills are no where near that level Sad
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2012 11:42:53 AM »

I love the colour and style.  You did a fantastic job with sewing all the details, and your hubby is awesome for matching the fabric. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2012 03:38:27 PM »

This is beautiful!! I love the color and the shape of it. It's perfect for winter and such a timeless style. I bet you'll wear this for years to come.
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