Transitioning to Fall in Chicago can be a mixture of three seasons on any given day. We could start with cool, crisp sunny morning. By mid-day it's hotter than July. Then early evening, it's cloudy and raining. We are so lucky. It's not every day that this happens. Most days it is one or the other. ;-)
The good thing is we experience every season, which gives us opportunities to wear many different styles and weights of clothing. I'm happy to have many coats of all weights and styles. My new Oscar De La Renta Checkered coat is my latest addition to my collection. This fabric is perfect for transitioning from summer to fall. The combination of the fabric weight and style of the coat is also great for layering.
I grabbed three yards of this coating several months ago and did not have a clue as to what I'd make. As I was writing this post, the thought occurred to me that it may be all gone. But the good news is; it's still available. So hurry. It won't last forever. Checkered, plaid, and window pane prints are hot on the runway.
Making the coat..,
I used Butterick 6244. The coat is described as Semi-fitted unlined coat (wrong side shows) has front extending into collar, flat fell seams, narrow hem and shaped front hemline longer than back. It's available in sizes 8 to 24W.
The skill level is listed as average. But I think it's really easy. From cut to finish, it took me about 3 hours to make this coat. The instructions were typical big four "construction" instructions. Also, I did not flat-fell all the recommended seams. I only did the center back of the collar and the seams attaching the collar. The rest of the raw edges were serged. This textile is very loosely woven. So as soon as I finished cutting it, I serged the edges.
I like the style of the coat and the fact that is was unlined. A quick sew project pleaser with style. Who could ask for more. No real dislikes about it. But a word of caution. There is quite a bit of easing needed along the neckline. The back collar is about two inches wider than the back neckline. The good thing about this fabric, it was not difficult to ease it in. But a tighter weave may require a little more effort.
I didn't do my usual pattern adjustments. Surprise, surprise. I used size 16 for the entire coat. I didn't think it would hurt to have a little more room throughout. My coat probably does not hang as long in the front as intended though. I added two inches to the sleeve length and about three inches to the length of the coat.
It so easy to say I would consider making it again. Because the coat is a quick sew. But I have at least a hundred coat/jacket patterns to try. I do recommend it to others.
My new coat will definitely get lots of wear this fall season. I can easily dress it up or down. The coat can be worn with jeans and boots. It's perfect for layering on those cooler days. Or you can wear it over a sleek mini dress and stilettos. Picture day I'm wearing it with McCall's 6752 knit top and McCall's 5818 pants.