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Not Afraid of Plaid Talea

Added Jan 29, 2010

by maybelle

Cardiff, United ...






I had the Talea coat on my list for a while before I found the perfect fabric – an old blanket. The limited material meant I had to sacrifice pockets, but I love all the little details. It’s super cosy.

Material Notes

Outer – some sort of woolen blend
Lining – plain red cotton




Garment Type
Military, Mod, Preppy
Blends, Wool

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    Apr 12, 2010, 03.31 AMby alilfishy

    Your coat looks awesome. I’ve tried making one but something went wrong. It turned out well but like 4 sizes too big. What size are you (if you don’t mind me asking) and what size pattern did you use? I mesured myself and all but the whole thing just swamped me. I’m am a NZ/UK 10-12 which is US 8-10 German 38. i would love to make it again but don’t want to waste nice fabric and have it not fit.

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      Apr 12, 2010, 08.51 PMby maybelle

      Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. When I circle my measurements on the Burda sizing chart it looks like a random scattergraph ranging from 32-46 which explains why I find it impossible to buy clothes that fit properly.

      I cut this coat out in the largest size available – 44 to fit my bust, (though I’m more like 42, UK 14) so it’s probably a little looser than necessary at the waist but otherwise it fits pretty well.

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    Mar 3, 2010, 10.12 PMby leahstrickland

    How big was the blanket? I bought a couple of wool blankets 2nd hand a couple of months ago wanting to make into a coat….and I found this awesome pattern, yay!

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      Mar 7, 2010, 12.53 AMby maybelle

      I’m not sure exactly, but I know it was a real squash to get all the pattern pieces on. I guess it was around 2m by 1.5m.

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    Feb 21, 2010, 04.51 PMby prairieponygirl

    Oh my Gosh ! I LOVE IT! You did find the perfect fabric for it. Now i want to make one! :) really great job. It looks wonderful!

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    Feb 14, 2010, 02.09 AMby manati

    WOW love it, I had this in my list for a while too but I am scare ;)

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    Jan 30, 2010, 05.46 PMby jaynie16

    Fantastic! I love the plaid! I agree with the etsy comment too! It would be great!

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    Jan 29, 2010, 07.34 PMby Ashlee Nemo

    love the shoulder/collar detailing…. you should sell these on Etsy!

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    Jan 29, 2010, 07.17 PMby frkbustad

    Impressive!!! It’s very nice, and clever recycling!

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    Jan 29, 2010, 06.57 PMby Kate Burt

    Love the plaid and the shoulder detail!

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    Jan 29, 2010, 05.50 PMby irmchen

    Looks really great! Love the fabric!

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    Jan 29, 2010, 04.49 PMby smallone

    great! love it!!!!!!

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    Jan 29, 2010, 03.55 PMby janul

    Great coat and I like your blog! I have some old sheets, but the fabric is so ugly… no idea what to do with it.

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    Jan 29, 2010, 03.02 PMby melonhead

    I am in love with this! I love the plaid especially where you got it. :)

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    Jan 29, 2010, 01.32 PMby ashchaser

    Oh man this is awesome, every time I have tried to do something with plaid in the last 6 months it has gone awry but this is very inspiring! And that plaid! Wow I would have loved that blanket but this is so beautiful!

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    Jan 29, 2010, 12.52 PMby msgems

    Wow!! This is great! I love that you used a blanket and I love the plaid. I made this out of raincoat fabric and found the pattern worked really well. Still snowy in Cardiff??

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      Jan 29, 2010, 03.40 PMby maybelle

      The picture is from Christmas. There’s currently blue skies here! :)

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    Jan 29, 2010, 12.24 PMby sunriseruby

    looks fantastic love the idea :-)

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    Jan 29, 2010, 12.07 PMby scheryka

    This is beautiful. The plaids are aligned really really good which is liek pulling teeth for me. Yours looks very well tailored too.

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    Jan 29, 2010, 10.25 AMby niña blanca

    Very nice coat…I like it!

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    Jan 29, 2010, 10.23 AMby sarsaparilla

    Looks fantastic! I want one :)

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    Jan 29, 2010, 10.23 AMby sarsaparilla

    Looks fantastic! I want one :)

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    Jan 29, 2010, 10.22 AMby guerillaembroidery

    wow! Thats the best recycled fabric item I have ever seen. Kudos, and beautifully sewn

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