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An Orange Coat

Added Apr 9, 2015

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






i should NOT have attempted to make a collared coat without a detailed instruction using pictures.

i actually cut this fabric more than a year ago. January 2014. just cutting the fabric tired me so much that i abandoned the project for so long. i picked it up again last Friday. since i had no idea whatsoever how to sew/figure out the collar construction, it took me a long while to sew this. when it was done, i felt that it still missed something. that’s when i decided to add a bit of detail, just to personalize the coat.

for one half of the pockets, i used another fabric. i meant to put them on the other side (the one closer to the skin), but instead i made a mistake and sewed them on the wrong side. *sigh… yeah, i made quite a lot of mistakes here.

i didn’t bother with the lining. that’s another thing i haven’t learned how to do properly, and since i had lost my temper too many times with this project, i decided to just let it be without any. i actually also tried to use the serger/overlocker to finish the seam allowances, but i haven’t managed to find the right setting and ended up cutting a crucial part of a seam allowance as well.

there are so many other mishaps/mistakes i made in this project, but the end result is wearable enough so i count this as a success nonetheless. :p

also posted on my blog .

Material Notes

2,1 m of jacquard upholstery fabric (most likely cotton blend),
2 snap buttons,
some fabric scraps for the applique.




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage

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    Apr 23, 2015, 10.15 PMby floralgirl

    This is very unique and very ccol with appliques. I like how you always put a different spin on things. I can totally relate to abandoning frustrating projects.

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      Apr 25, 2015, 05.11 AMby saxsilverain

      thankies for the lovely compliment! this is thankfully the only one i had abandoned (and finally picked up again) so far, i like to “torture” myself by not switching to another project until the previous is done, LOL! :D (but i agree that sometimes we just have to!)

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    Apr 14, 2015, 08.15 AMby Elpida Kyriakou

    The appliques are so nice that I wouldn’t care about the rest….It’s a very impressive coat I would be happy to wear. I also like those pants…

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      Apr 15, 2015, 06.32 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you very much! i’m just so glad the work is over and now it’s time to wear it. ;)

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    Apr 9, 2015, 10.24 PMby Mary Athey

    I think the coat is amazing!! The aplliques are done so well and then you turned a lovely coat into a unique Fabulous coat. Love it x

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      Apr 10, 2015, 07.30 AMby saxsilverain

      oh, Mary, thank you so much for your lovely comment! i haven’t seen you posting sewing projects for a while? i hope you & your mum are both well! :)

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      Apr 10, 2015, 12.26 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi, I’m fine thanks but mums been really ill, so much so that she’s decided to holiday closer to home.. She is on the mend now so I’m going to Spain with my daughter in June. I have been sewing away lol, I just hav’nt been out anywhere to photograph them. Ill have lots to post soon. xx

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      Apr 10, 2015, 02.43 PMby saxsilverain

      sorry to hear about your mum, hoping for a speedy recovery & that she will want to go on holidays a bit further away too in no time. :) good to hear that you’re still sewing away, and a holiday with your daughter sounds lovely! can’t wait to see your latest sewing projects. and happy spring to you all!

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    Apr 9, 2015, 10.16 PMby liliv-1

    It’s a really great project, I love the fabric and all the details of it! Bravo for this unique and personalised coat!

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      Apr 10, 2015, 07.27 AMby saxsilverain

      it didn’t feel like a great project when i was sewing it, i think i hated every second of it, haha… but i do love it now! :D thank you so much, Liliv!

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    Apr 9, 2015, 07.42 PMby carottesauvage

    well that’s so pretty!

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      Apr 10, 2015, 07.23 AMby saxsilverain

      thank you very much!

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    Apr 9, 2015, 07.42 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    You have done a great job my friend! I love your appliques – that makes it even more special :)

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      Apr 10, 2015, 07.23 AMby saxsilverain

      thanks so much, Ellen! really appreciate your sweet comment! :)

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