Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A coral spring coat



 When the first signs of spring are showing I just can't help myself. I need to buy coral fabric. All of it. Coral shirts, cardigans, lingerie, you name it, it's in my closet. So when I saw this coated poplin I knew it would make the perfect wind and waterproof spring coat. 

The print for the lining is from my stash, the selvedge mentions Sprintex, Made in France. Sprintex is a company from Villefranche sur Saone, known for its digital rotary and inkjet prints. I haven't done a burn test yet but it looks like viscose and has a very soft and silky feel. The ivory satin will be used to make piping.




The pattern I'll be using is from Ottobre magazine, 2/2014. I've never made an Ottobre pattern before and am not familiar with their sizing or amount of ease in their finished measurements, so I'll make a muslin first. According to the size charts all patterns are drafted for women of 168 cm plus or minus 4 cm. At 173 cm I'm only just above the top end of that scale. However, Ottobre uses models of different sizes and heights and shares this information at the bottom of the page. The model wearing this floral trench is 163 cm and I think the coat is rather short on her. Must check!




The number of pattern pieces is adding up to 42 so cutting will take a while!




Buttons, a whopping amount of 17, in two different sizes, lots of matching thread for topstitching and I'm ready to go. 

Happy spring sewing!





6 comments:

  1. Beautiful fabric choices for this lovely Trench coat. I hope you like Ottobre patterns as much as I do. I have found their fit to be better than Burda which is saying something for me. I have used Burda for over 40 years now and I have their fit sorted!! Last week I made a dress from the latest Ottobre and other than adding 2cm to the bodice length and 3cm to the skirt hem, it fitted me perfectly. I am 175cm tall and I would advise you to add at least 7-10cm to this Trench coat's length. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks for the advice, Marjorie! I've been in Amsterdam for a few days so I still have to start the muslin and I will make sure to add 10 cm to the coat's length and around 5 cm to the length of the sleeves. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

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  2. Stunning fabric! I am looking forward to seeing your finished project!

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    1. Thanks, Ann. I'm hoping for a productive weekend in the sewing room!

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  3. Such beautiful fabrics. This coat is going to be stunning! Have fun.

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