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.

31 comments:

  1. Both versions are lovely! The color of the purple one really makes it. It would be a little boring in a more basic color. The style of the black one is great and your fit is perfect. Nice!!

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  2. Both coats are great!

    Have a Happy New Year!

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  3. I love both your coats, you did such a great job as usual. I'm really loving the purple one!

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  4. Fantastic coats. Love the color of the purple and the style of the black is gorgeous. Well done!

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  5. Both of these are amazing! You did a fabulous job!

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  6. Your coats are both gorgeous. Black is always elegat, and appropriate for any occasion. The purple coat is a nice break from wintery colors. Very nice sewing.

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  7. Beautiful! And look at all that snow-brrrr!! Very timely sewing indeed :)) Happy New Year!

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  8. Both look great. I think it's nice to have a coat with a bit of ease in it so you can wear sweaters and suits underneath it and it's nice to have a more fitted coat when you are just wearing a dress. So you have the best of both worlds.

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  9. Perfect for Chicago weather!! You have been productive. Happy New Year!

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  10. I think you look good in both coats. My fav color is purple, so I like you in that one the best!

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  11. I love both coats. I have a coat similar to the first one and I find the tie front very useful as it is easy to wear over anything. I have a detachable fake fur collar, so maybe you could make one for your coat to add a bit of fun when you feel like it. The black coat is very stylish. I really like the double breasted look. Lovely work on both coats. Wishing you a safe and happy new year.

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  12. Both coats look great. My favorite is the black coat.

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  13. Wow, two coats! I'm very impressed. They both look very warm and cozy.

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  14. Both coats are gorgeous!

    Happy New Year!

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  15. Two coats! You have been a busy girl! I like them both and it looks like this may be just the winter you need them both-- at the same time.

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  16. Love both coats. That purple color is fabulous! Had to laugh about the robe comment. The gray coat I made last year (thanks for the compliment) always makes me feel like I'm wearing a robe.

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  17. O my..your coats are lovely. Have a happy holiday

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  18. Oh, I just love your purple coat. It is so elegant and stunning.

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  19. Both coats are beautiful.Love the color of the purple.You did a great job!

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  20. Beautiful coats! One of my goals was to sew and coat and you've made TWO!!! You have inspired me.

    On another note, I had a mask like the one on your bookshelf. Mine mysteriously disappeared and now I see it at your house. Hmmmmm ;-)

    Have a wonderful and Blessed New Year!

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  21. Two coats - wow! That's some fabulous work you've achieved there. I love both of them - the purple colour is beautiful and the black one looks very elegant. You're definitely well equipped to look wonderful in the winter weather.

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  22. Frickin' awesome coats! I really like making coats. Happy New Year and looking forward to hearing more from you in 2010!

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  23. I think both coats are gorgeous! And being an ex-Chicagoan know you will get LOTS of wear out of them!

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  24. Those coats turned out wonderful!

    Happy New Year!!

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  25. I like them both! With your weather, it is nice to have a couple of cute coats to chose from each day. Happy New Year!

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  26. Both coats are georgeous on you! You have a beautiful smile!

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  27. I love the black coat its so sophisticated

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  28. I like them both, but the black is my favorite. How cool to have two new coats for the winter.

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  29. I really like your purple coat and I think it looks great on you!! I was reading your list of things you finished for yourself and clients. WOW! I don't know how you do it and work full time. Can't wait to see what you create in 2010. Happy New Year!

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