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Topic: Gorgeous Red Coat (Simplicity 2812) Lots of pics  (Read 12065 times)
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« on: August 22, 2009 03:05:30 PM »

Ooh yay, I made a coat!  This was my first coat, first fully lined garment, and I felt like it was a bit of a milestone - proving to myself how I'm improving in my dressmaking skills.  I used Simplicity 2812 and it was pretty straight-forward, apart from the way they advised you to attach the lining to the coat at the end.  I ignored those instructions and followed the advice of a very experienced friend instead.

Also, according to the pattern measurements I'm a size 12 - I made the coat in a size 6 (after doing a calico mock-up!) and it fits perfectly.  The only part of the pattern sizing I changed was to increase the width of the sleeves - I want to be able to wear bulky jumpers under this!.  Good ol' Simplicity sizing.  Oh, and I had to shorten the sleeves a bit.

One addition I made was I added inside pockets.  The pockets on the outside of the coat are pretty shallow - If I was doing it again I'd make them deeper.  I also increased the length of the pleat on the sleeve cuff - I like the way it makes the cuff narrower, but I preferred the look of it when it went further up the forearm (check out the pattern drawing on the Simplicity site if you're interested).

I know the photos make the fabric look quite pink in colour but in reality it's red.  The lining is black satin.  I got brave and used a multi-coloured thread for the machine embroidery on the collar, pocket welts and sleeves.  I used that thread for the buttonholes as well. 

The inside pockets will have little buttons eventually.  I'm trying to get mini versions of the ones I've used on the outside.  I believe the buttons are made of shell - aren't they stunning?!

Oh, and I made the mini-coat length.  I'm 5' so it comes to my knees instead of to mid-thigh  Grin

Comments and criticism very much appreciated... Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2009 03:24:53 PM »

Wow! I love this coat! You did such a beautiful job with it! The buttons, as you said, are just darling Smiley And great choice (and I commend your bravery) to use the multicolored thread- your embroidery really adds that little extra detail that truly makes this coat yours. It looks absolutely wonderful on you Smiley Do you mind if I wist this?

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2009 03:56:49 PM »

BEAUTIFUL!  It looks wonderful!  I'm wisting it for sure!

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2009 04:05:27 PM »



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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2009 04:13:41 PM »

It's so beautiful and sophisticated!
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2009 04:53:46 PM »

It's absolutely gorgeous!  Fantastic work!! 
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2009 07:52:55 PM »

Thanks very much for the lovely comments - and yep, go for it with the wisting  Smiley
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2009 07:59:09 PM »

This so rocks!  You are my heroine.
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2009 08:56:24 PM »

You did an amazing job! I love it. It looks really professionally made.

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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2009 10:55:12 AM »

that is such a lovely coat!  i'm looking to make a coat from an old simplicity pattern my mum gave me, but i'm struggling to find the right kind of fabric.  could you tell me what kind of fabric you used?  thanks Smiley
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