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This week I have been busy finished up sewing my coat Mash Up pattern from the 08/2017 issue. Last week I talked about finding the perfect fabric and constructing those crazy pockets with galaxy printed linings, so this week is all about the finishing touches like the sleeves, topstitching, and snaps…

Part 1

Click the image above to check out part 1 of sewing this coat. I would say the first steps were definitily the hardest, but totally worth the effort! I love a good contrast panel and pockets, so when they were integrated into one it was fantastic.


Now last week when I first debuted this Mash Up and pattern, the digital download hadn’t been release yet… But now it has! So you can sew along with the Jersey Coat pattern from the 08/2017 issue that is from our Ready for Business pattern collection. This really is a fantastic coat pattern, I’m finished sewing the coat now and I love the slight cocoon shape and the ease of wear for this style. LOVE!

Step 1

I ended off last time with sewing my center back seam together, and now it was time to topstitch it. For this project I’m all about the topstitching.

Step 2

Now that the center back seam was all ready to go, I next pinned the shoulder seams right sides together. The shoulder seams continue as the top sleeve seams in this pattern.

Step 3

To continue the topstitching look I maneuvered my coat under my foot to topstitched on either side of the seam so the allowance would lay open and flat from the inside. I mainly did a lot of topstitching because this jersey/fleece combo fabric doesn’t press well at all, and shouldn’t be.

Step 4

Here is the view from the right side of the front, I’m almost there!

Step 5

Next was to add the sleeve bands. Now I debated for a little bit if I wanted the black on the right side or the wrong side… Then looking again at the pattern image the sleeves actually roll up to expose the wrong side, so I sewed both the sleeve bands blue (right) sides together along the short edge.

Step 6

After I enclosed the sleeve bands, I finger pressed the seam allowances open and topstitched on either side of the short seam.

Step 7

To attach the sleeve bands to the sleeve opening edge of the coat, I matched up the sleeve band seams with the top sleeve seam on the coat that were both topstitched. Then I pinned around the circle and sewed into place.

Step 8

My attached sleeve band, now I wanted to topstitch this seam so bad but was really having a hard time getting it into my machine even when taking off the arm. But I shall try again later, I just wanted to get this coat complete!

Step 9

Ok, so now for all the hem finishes. I really liked the raw razor cut edge of the fabric, and since it was knit it wasn’t going to fray. So I decided to leave the sleeve hems, the neck, and the hem/center front all raw. But to again continue the topstitching look, I simply stitched 1/4" in from all the raw hem edges starting with the sleeve here.

Step 10

View of the sleeve hem.

Step 11

I sewed along the center front edges, neckline, and hem all in one continuous seam starting at the center back hem point.

Step 12

For the closure I need your help guys! Do I leave it open? Or add snaps? I like the look and functionality of the snaps, but before I tried sewing on any I tried on the coat all open with no closure and it looks fabulous and effortless. To hold it together for warmer days I was going to sew a belt or something, but now I’m rethinking.

new Step 13

I also thought of putting one smaller snap at the neckline edge to keep the top closed when I wanted it to be, but I still love the idea of keeping it open, help!

Let me know in the comments if you think I should keep it open and belt it like a robe type coat? Or add one simple snap? Or add snaps all the way down like the pattern.

Thanks, and Happy Sewing!



  • Purplefan_large

    Sep 4, 2017, 09.51 PMby purplefan

    Snaps and add whichever one you need at the neckline. When the weather’s not windy, your coat will be fine open but even on breezy days, you may love that you can snap the coat at least at the bust or waistline to hold the coat together. Some days, one closure on a coat is all you need but snap the whole edge down.

    Suggest you take the coat on the Craftours Italy trip with you!

    I like the idea of the magnets however, they’d make a security check at the airport longer.

  • Burdalogo2_large

    Sep 1, 2017, 12.40 PMby Evmorales

    I should definitely work for Burda! That way I will have more time to make all these awesome patterns that I want to make, but not enough time…and now with the magazines coming every month…OMG you can imagine all the projects. If we were to make a line of all the designs I want to make it will go around the world hahaha.

  • Burdalogo2_large

    Sep 1, 2017, 12.37 PMby Evmorales

    You could put “invisible” magnets. That way you can close it, but no snaps or buttons visible ;)

  • Missing

    Sep 1, 2017, 10.05 AMby ArcticFox001


  • Meg_healy_burdastyle_90_90_large

    Aug 31, 2017, 01.06 PMby MegH

    Thanks for all your suggestions <3

  • Missing

    Aug 31, 2017, 12.32 PMby connieturner5

    Leave it as is for now, you can always add the snaps if you find you want them.

  • Img_3596_2__large

    Aug 31, 2017, 05.36 AMby Maria Hayek

    I think the black snaps look really nice on the blue, and it’ll be a lot more practical when it gets a bit colder. It’s got a very cool shape this coat, so I wouldn’t use a belt if it was mine :)

  • Simba_nov_06_large

    Aug 30, 2017, 06.59 PMby nrobson

    stylish Megs, will be so fashoinable coat

  • Missing

    Aug 30, 2017, 05.35 PMby Vernetta

    Snaps or buttons all the way down, a la 1950’s Balenciaga. No belt!

  • Chantallapointe_large

    Aug 30, 2017, 04.26 PMby Chantal Lapointe

    Snaps all the way down!

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