Added Jan 14, 2012
Raleigh, North C...
I made a coat! This started out as McCall’s 6442, but I changed it up. This thick warm suiting plaid seemed like a perfect fit. I used the reverse side – I like it better than the front, and it makes it easy to skip lining. I cut an 8 and shortened the bodice one-half inch. I did not use shoulder pads. I self-lined the hood and bodice, and it’s already so warm that I feel comfortable skipping the lining on the sleeves and bottom – this is North Carolina, after all. As I tried on the bodice and hood, it became clear that this large shawl style was overwhelming on my 5’2” frame – there was so much fabric I looked like it was someone else’s coat – exactly the opposite of why I sew. So I took generous hems and sort of squared off the coat so it closes nicely. It’s warm and fun!
Polyester Suiting with brushed back
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