Added Jul 28, 2009
Highland Park, N...
Last fall I decided I needed a wool coat; I was at the time, very much on a sewing hot streak, which included writing an article for Mixtape about guys who sew. Some of my Burdastyle friends had made coats and I couldn’t stand the idea of buying one from the mall, so I decided I would sew my own. I told my mom I wanted a coat for my birthday (meaning that she would buy the materials and I would make it). I went to a Fields Fabric and got most everything I needed with the help of the kind women working that day.
Then I started what would be almost a years worth of work.
I didn’t want a pattern because I am very tall (6’5’’) and very narrow, and I figured altering a pattern would be to hard. I instead decided to copy my brothers wool coat (from the Gap) and simply add length and subtract width. It worked, but it took a lot of measuring, sketching, and time.
Usually I would hit a milestone and then leave the coat for awhile. Sometimes the busyness of school kept me from it. Doing the lining was extremely intimidating. I was scared to ruin the expensive lining material. I also knew that I was in way over my head due to my choice to not use a pattern. It was definitely a challenge to get the damn thing fit right. I had to add several pieces to the lining as it wasn’t large enough with the first fitting.
But it is done now and I am very happy with it.
wool, cotton liner, interfacing, silky lining material.
I bought the materials at a Field’s Fabrics here in Grand Rapids. The women who helped me was most helpful and encouraging. Thanks to her.
I used my mother’s table top Singer, which is mostly all metal and far superior to the plastic cased one I got for Christmas.
My Brother Kevin took these photos, thanks Kevin.
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