Added Jan 16, 2009
San Jose, Califo...
This is the most awesome coat I ever own and the best garment I ever made.
Its my second time using the Talea pattern, so I had an idea of how it fits. I am 4’11 and a size 32/34. So I shrunk the entire pattern to 89% when it was printed out, and used size 38. The fit came out perfect.
I used their how to for the double breasted variation. Instead of a collar I used a hoodie — I copied the pattern off another hoodie coat I had.
I also used the how to for making welt pocket and made two tiny pockets on the seam. That took about 10 hours — because I messed up the first pocket and as a result, had to re-cut and re-sew the entire front left coat! A lesson — when doing something for the first time, always test it on scrap fabric.
The coat is all lined — I learned from my first coat that lining needs to be slippery so that you can get in a tight fit coat easily. I think still didnt do the lining correctly — I didnt get the bottom of the lining to come out the way my other coats look like. but oh well! something for next time.
Oh! and also, I made the sleeves thinner. dont like puffy sleeves.
And! this is my first time sewing wool, and I loved every minute of it — it doesnt unravel at all so I can make all kinds of mistake!
Anyways, I love this coat. My proudest creation!
Wool, polyester lining
Talea pattern and its how to for double breast variation.
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