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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Coats -M5767 and S2508

Today I wanted to get at least one more sewing review post in before my end of the year review. Both coats were finished about two weeks ago along with a few other garments that won't be posted until next year. Here are my reviews.






When I selected this pattern, I thought it would be a great basic classic belted coat. The pattern envelope shows four photographed versions of the coat, which look perfect. It looked pretty simple and easy to make up without a lot of fuss.

Pattern Description: Misses' Lined Coat in Three Lengths, Belt and Totes: Loose fitting, lined coat in three lengths has collar, concealed front button, buttonhole closures, welt or patch pockets, two piece sleeves and optional shoulder pads; coat may be worn with or without belt.

Pattern Sizing: 8 to 24. I made a size 14 with modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. But there is a lot of wearing ease in this coat.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. Nothing I haven't seen before or confusing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? No "hard" dislikes. I just had a few issues with it. Likes:

- Two piece sleeves
- Hidden button fly
- Palmer/Pletsch pattern

Fabric Used: Wool coating from Gorgeous Fabrics and coat lining from JoAnn's Fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

- I made a FBA (On the fly as well), but think I could have gotten away with skipping it. The finished bust width is 46 for size 14. I did my usual modification. The pattern says it's roomy enough to wear a jacket underneath it. True, true. I ended up removing some of the ease by increasing the sleeve and side seams allowances to fit a little better. When I tried it on, I noticed that is was a little snug in the neck area.

- I lengthen it a few inches.

- Added Belt Loops.

Now my little issues:

- I used a contrasting lining (gold), which is a no, no (for me) when making patch pockets. I made three attempts to get them on so the lining did not show. Failed..., on this coat, but will try this again 2010. ;-)

- Pressing is always an issue. Tryiing desperately not to have the "railroad Track" look, the first pressing wasn't firm enough to create a crisp look. So I gave it another try, which gave me the "railroad track" look in some areas. I'm hoping the dry cleaners will bring the crushed pile back to life.

- When I asked DD, "How does it look?". She replied, "It looks like a bath robe." :-( But my sister said, " No, no. This is one you can dress up a bit with a pretty scarf." Anyway, I understand both comments and will try to enjoy the coat. It may not be the very best style for me.



Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Probably not. I have so many other coat patterns to try. But if you are looking for something simple, this may be the ticket.

Conclusion: This is a simple classic coat that offers useful pro and fit tips.


Simplicity 2508




Pattern Description:
Misses' coat in two lengths or jacket with front and collar variations.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 22, I used a 14 with modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? My version is similar to the small drawing on the envelope (blue version), sleeves are different and I added the pocket flaps.

Were the instructions easy to follow? No problems. Pretty standard.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like to style variations of this coat pattern. I could see myself making at least two more coats from this pattern.

Fabric Used: Wool coating from Gorgeous Fabrics and lining from JoAnn's Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

- FBA: Side Front and Front.

- Added a few inches to the length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I plan to see this again, and yes I recommend it to others. The basic lines of this coat are classic with updated collars and sleeves variations. Cute.

Conclusion: Nice pattern to try with multiple style options, not difficult to sew.

My Flickr set is here.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Wishes each and everyone a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Working My Way Back To Blogging

Lately, I've had a hard time finding time to blog. Work, sewing, the season..., can't pinpoint why. But I have sewn plenty; now I need to finish something and blog it. In my sewing queue are:

- 2 coats
- 2 jackets
- 3 dresses
- 3 pants
- several accessories














A side from that I have been crocheting like crazy. It all started about three months ago when I gave my sister a bag of hats and scarves (some crocheted and some sewn {velvet}). They sold like hot cakes. Both of us were very pleased with the sells. So now I'm working on filling orders (I don't like specified orders - I prefer free styling). Anyway here are a few of the styles that I've sold. My niece is always the willing model. Of course, she put an order in too.


Hopefully, after I get some rest (today I'm too tired to sew), I can get sewn garments finished.

Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!
C

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