There is something different about buying fabric when you are on holiday. It makes the purchase more 'special' therefore leading to more careful decision about what to make with it. This is of course, in much contrast to my usual hot-footing it down to the local fabric store near home when a sudden urge to make the latest pattern release hits. So on an obligatory fabric buying venture when I was in New Zealand at the beginning of this year, I bought a beautiful piece of blended wool which is grey on one side and an earthy green on the other. I love double sided fabrics like this so it was an easy choice. Exactly what I had mind for it wasn't fully decided however I knew it had to be something 'special'
A coat was the only option for this weight of fabric however I didn't have the energy to jump into a big project like a warm, lined winter coat. So instead I went looking for a 'coatigan' pattern that didn't require lining or have too many pieces.
I considered a few options before settling on the Bersharl Jacket by Style Arc Patterns. They have such a huge database of patterns that I usually find what I'm looking for when I go there.
As mentioned above, I used a heavyweight, 'double-sided' woven wool blend. It is not too scratchy so I managed to get away without lining. (The pattern doesn't call for lining anyways).
I made a size 12 and made no adjustments. I didn't fuss around with a toile since it is quite a loose fit. I did however play around with making the sleeve longer but didn't like the result so I ended up keeping it as it.
Having a short sleeve winter jacket doesn't really make sense for Melbourne's cold winter however I found that the fabric is so warm I can get away with it by layering under the jacket.
If you have never sewn with Style Arc pattern before then you should be aware that their instructions are kept to a bare minimum. They have a few diagrams for the more tricky bits but if you are used to having your hand held through the process, I don't recommend their patterns. I don't mind this as I am pretty confident with construction now but I wouldn't recommend it for beginners who are learning to sew on their own.
This is a pretty simple and quick make. It is a good one to start with if you are new to sewing with coating fabric. I think it would also work well with a lighter fabric.
What I would do different next time:
I'd like to rejig the sleeve and make it a full length sleeve.
Also the inseam pockets don't sit right on me. They pocket opening feels a bit too high to get my hand in smoothly. They also flap around a bit and don't sit nicely towards the front. Hmmmm...not sure if it's the pattern or my sewing!
I haven't made many items like this so I'm pretty chuffed to have something me-made that is dressed up enough to throw on for an evening out.
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