Saturday, October 31, 2009

Green Wool Coat

I love simple garments like this. It looks like a nice *boutique* kind of coat, but a non-sewer would never know how easy it is to make.

I bought the green wool at Looks like now they only have pink. When I was shopping, they had a purple that was very close to the Ottobre pattern photo, but I was also considering a robin's egg blue. I have a lot more lime in my wardrobe, so I decided that was the best color. For sewing details, check out this Patternreview.

I had some almost matching wool embroidery thread, so I made a handsewn buttonhole. It looks awful, so I'm too embarrassed to show it to you. I ripped it out once and redid it, but I learned to make the buttonhole first and then open it up, duh. . . I wasn't planning on sewing it at all, but once I cut it I decided to do it. Also, I couldn't get the back on the covered button. (Hammered and hammered, I hate those things!) I just sewed it and steamed it. Here's hoping it doesn't go anywhere if I'm gentle with it.

A sort of side view. The pockets aren't level, so I need to redo one of them. This pattern runs big!

Hanging up, you can see the unlevel pocket.

I made this scarf from a kit I bought at my yarn shop a couple of years ago. I thought the *bubble yarn* was so fun and it's really soft. I haven't ever worn it because I had nothing to go with it. Now I just need to make a top out of some lime or bright blue and I'll be set. I might even have something in my stash of kid's knits. I have a couple of lime-ish tops from RTW, but I'm not sure if the colors will work, they are a muddier green.

Here's a shot of the neckline seam, covered with ribbon.

I pretreated the fabric using this method, sorry you'll have to scan down the page, the entry is dated 9/7/2009. Basically, you put your yardage in the dryer with some wet towels and tumble it on hot for 40 mins. Seems to have worked just fine, my wool looked great coming out.

I have one more pattern traced from this Ottobre issue. Dh's company is having their holiday party this year (the last one) so I will need a new dressy outfit. I traced the taffeta skirt pattern, and bought some fabric, so I might get it made. Need to figure out what to wear with it.



Blogger SisterDG said...

It came out beautifully! Just the kind of coat I'm looking for. Love the color!

1:01 PM  
Blogger mermaids said...

gorgeous coat.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

A really beautiful coat, I love the colour!

1:05 AM  
Blogger marit said...

It looks great!

9:54 AM  
Blogger Amanda Cathleen said...

LOVE your new coat! Its beautiful!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Tawny said...

Wow! That coat is beautiful. I've always had problems with covered buttons too. They make it sound so easy to do on the package! And I never thought about covering the neckline with ribbon. What a great idea! I usually end up using boring old bias tape.

7:34 AM  
Blogger The Tote Bag said...

I love the your coat! The color is great.

2:27 PM  

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