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I’ve been looking for a women’s duffle coat pattern and I just can’t seem to find a good one. I did find a child’s pattern that looks like a tiny version of what I want. How sensible is it to think I could size it up?


And more importantly, can anyone give me general advice on what areas of the pattern are going to give me the most headaches when increasing them? For instance, I realize that the hood won’t have to be enlarged as much in relation to the whole, else I’d have a giant bobblehead hood. What else should I expect to be changing a lot?

Or, is this just a bad idea altogether?


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    Mar 12, 2011, 04.02 PMby peaches2218

    Oh how I want that Oliver + S Jacket. I fell in love the first time I saw it. It’s exactly what I want too. I haven’t tried to draw up a pattern yet, but member juejuebe’s “The Most Awesome Jacket I Ever Own,” a Talea variation, was super inspiring to me. If you figure out how to size up the jacket, let me know please! And I’ll keep my eyes open for you.

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    Mar 13, 2011, 02.34 PMby mickeygirl

    I would not size up from a child’s pattern. Look at the drawing and see where the style lines are. There is a yoke on the top, and the sleeves are set in, the front is overlapped. I can’t see the lines of the hood from the drawing.

    Either find or make a plain a-line coat pattern (not a dress pattern because a coat needs to be larger in the body and armholes to fit over your clothing). then cut apart on the style lines and add seam allowances.

    You have to kind of guess where those style lines are going to be and think about the yoke is somewhere halfway down your armhole. The front part overlaps from here to there on yourself.

    hood pattern instructions http://www.leenas.com/English/draw_hood.htmlhttp://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/illust/12-245-b.jpg

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    Mar 17, 2011, 06.13 PMby singinganvil

    Ok, I’ve come to terms with not sizing up the child’s pattern. It is really curious that there don’t seem to be any really solid patterns on the market for a woman’s duffel (duffle? toggle?) coat. I guess it’s not the season to expect a new one either.

    I caved in the end though, and I bought the Oliver + S pattern anyway, to make a raincoat for my little one. SOMEONE in my house has to have this coat. Vicarious styling- this is how stage parenting starts!

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    Nov 1, 2013, 11.58 AMby peaches2218

    I am STILL looking for a pattern in this style!

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    Nov 2, 2013, 05.55 PMby sewingfan1

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