Saturday, April 6, 2013

Winter Wool Coat -completed - Burda 7169

It is finally finished and I think her smile says it all. My friend and sewing client Heather came by yesterday to pick up her finished coat and let me take some photos. I am so happy when I see her face as she models her coat. She is a dream to work with and has become a great friend in the last 12 months.

Wool coat front open

Here it is buttoned up all the way. I actually used a pattern that had a standard collar and lapel and I can tell you it was a bit of head scratcher to figure out how to convert that to the straight front with a peter pan style collar but after 3 fitting muslins (yes I did make muslins!) it worked out well.

Wool coat front 2

Back view, and you can see the seaming. The waistband detail was not on the original pattern so that required a bit of drafting as well.

Wool coat back +

More details in another post soon, but for now I can give one piece of advice when working on fit. 
Shoulder Princess Seams!
If you have read any of the Palmer and Pletsch fitting books this is something they frequently recommend.  
Here is the previous post, with details on the bound buttonholes.

Next post, details on the RTW coat that was the inspiration for this, which pattern I used and some other details.  A few weeks ago it was looking like this so there was a LOT of hand stitching between then and now. Also did you notice what I snuck into the title of this post?  BURDA . . . yes, me making a Burda pattern. Granted it is an envelope pattern but kind of a change. Further shock coming, I just finished another Burda. What is happening?  But no magazine pattern tracing...I vow.

H coat front first view


This one will stand in for my SunnyGal garden photo - with blooming tulips. 
Happy weekend sewing, Beth

Wool coat open collar 2

21 comments:

  1. That is a great coat and a wonderful fit. No wonder your friend is smiling.

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  2. Beth its lovely, a really great fit and your friends smile says it all!

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  3. Great looking coat!! Your client looks so pleased with her new coat. I always get my best fit with shoulder princess seam pieces.

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  4. Oh my gosh! This turned out beautifully!! It's such a great fit, and very flattering. I love it.

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  5. She looks fantastic! The fit of the coat is spot on, and very flattering. She has a solid wardrobe staple for years to come. You did a great job!

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  6. Awesome, no wonder she's happy, very well done.

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  7. WOW! As if the fabulous smile on that face doesn't say it all. Love the fit and the cut - and the style suits her so wonderfully. Testament to how what a well fitting garment can do for us! Love it.

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  8. Fabulous! It looks perfect on her -- great fit and great style. The waistband detail is beautiful and definitely adds -- it was worth the trouble. Now we just need the cooler weather to come back so she can wear it!

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  9. A *great* fit, Beth! That coat looks perfect and I love seeing that smile on her face!

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  10. It's beautiful! I'm sure that she loves her new coat!

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  11. She looks lovely in her new coat. What a wonderful fit!

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  12. That is one class act - two class acts! The wearer and the coat. Your friend looks beautiful and the coat really suits her. The fit is absolutely brilliant. I can't begin to imagine the amount of work that went into this. Hmmmm. Now, I want to make a black coat...

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  13. She looks fantastic in that beautiful coat. Beautiful sewing.

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  14. What a fantastic coat, and looks like it will be toasty warm! She looks so happy with it, :)
    I love Burda patterns, I think the fit is usually brilliant. I don't even mind tracing the magazine patterns, since they are often interesting, and (again) fit very well. Plus, tracing is a nice extra little challenge/

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  15. Such stunning work Beth. No wonder she's beaming with joy.

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  16. What a fine coat and beautiful garden!!

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  17. What beautiful, well fitting coat! It looks perfect!

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  18. Superb fit...muslins make all the difference! The sleeves are excellent and everything about this coat screams Couture!!!! I have a client like yours who has me make 10 pair of pants a year for her and jackets and tops from material she gathers on her travels...it is a dream to work for her and she and I have become friends too....if only all our clients could be so nice. Your garden looks charming too this time of year!

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  19. It is a beautiful coat! I love it, and your client is beaming w/ happiness!

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  20. Absolutely Gorgeous. The coats fits her beautifully... Great job.

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  21. Hey Beth, this coat is absolutely gorgeous, and you can see how much effort and skill has gone into making it. Wowee. On another note, if anyone reading this (or you) knows why my iphone won't let me leave comments on a blogger blog (only on wordpress) then can you tell me?! Ugh it's so frustrating having to come and log on to the main computer when I want to comment on a blog post I love! I will have to find out....nonetheless beautiful work.

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