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Cold and cloudy summer days coat

Added May 23, 2010

by kihli

Zurich, Switzerland






My first attempt on pattern making!
As I did not know how to make patterns, and didn’t have the courage to make bigger alterations on certain patterns, I often was quite envious when I looked through all the projects at burdastyle.com, having the impression that everybody was able to realize their ideas and get fitting individual clothes, except me!
Then I bought a book about pattern drafting and constructed my new summer coat, and even if it took me a lot of time to make it, it was also a lot of fun, and a totally new feeling of being free to construct and sew whatever I want. (A bit too much freedom, because when the coat was nearly finished I suddenly realized that the stand-up collar which I made at first did not work so well with the coat as I thought before. So I ripped up some seams and made another collar for it.)
What I had in mind was a sort of a military/trench style, but with more female attributes. There are some details which I would change if I would make the same coat again, but after all I’m very glad with how it came out. After all, it was worth the time and work.

Material Notes

grey cotton for the coat, and flowery cotton for the lining




Garment Type

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    Jul 16, 2010, 05.07 PMby libbysharf

    Wow! well done! The design is beautiful and the result is perfect. I would love to draw my own patterns. I thought of going to a course, but if you say that this is a result of learning from a book, then I want to have that book! is it in English? and how is it called?

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      Jul 16, 2010, 06.32 PMby kihli

      Thanks! The book I used for the coat is in German, it is called “Schnittkonstruktion für Damenmode” from Guido Hofenbitzer. But as it contains more the real classical garments for women I thought that I needed an additional one for the more fashionable garments, so I got “patternmaking for fashion design” from Helen Joseph Armstrong for birthday from my wishlist. This book is also very detailed and you can use it for self-studies as well, if you cannot or don’t want to read in german!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 05.56 PMby laurwyn

    I really like it! Did you treat it against rain or something?

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      Jun 25, 2010, 08.58 AMby kihli

      No, I didn’t. It wasn’t supposed to become a real rain coat so on rainy days I wear the coat to keep me warm and take an umbrella with me! ;-)

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      Jun 25, 2010, 10.21 AMby laurwyn

      Not a bad idea! I know someone that is going to do the same :D eventually

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    May 29, 2010, 12.03 AMby ajk96

    It looks great! Great job! No pattern . . . ? I would love a pattern if you have one:)

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      May 29, 2010, 09.10 AMby kihli

      Thank you! I want to try to upload the patternin during the next week, but i still don’t know ifI will succeed with it, never tried such before!

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      May 29, 2010, 04.30 PMby ajk96

      Ok – Thanks so much:)

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    May 27, 2010, 08.16 AMby juebejue

    wow, this is such a lovely coat! nice pattern drafting skill :)

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    May 24, 2010, 03.25 PMby kihli

    Thank you all very much for your nice comments!

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    May 24, 2010, 11.48 AMby msgems

    Wow Congrats… I love this. I bought a making your own patterns book too and have yet to try it. I’ll give it a go!! Cant believe this is your first try! Really really pretty.

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      May 24, 2010, 09.05 PMby kihli

      You should really try it! It will sure come out better than you would expect, and in the end it is great to have one’s “own” garment! Good luck!

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    May 24, 2010, 09.17 AMby lilibellech

    Congrats! And I agree with lilioleana. Change the Novice to Expert! But as wonderful it is I hope you don’t need it so much this summer. We had enough rain ;-).

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    May 24, 2010, 08.07 AMby lilioleana

    Great. I think that you should change the “novice” in your profile, since it is no longer true :)

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    May 24, 2010, 03.36 AMby natski

    Congratulations! This coat looks awesome!

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    May 24, 2010, 01.39 AMby cantare

    agreed with all of the comments! this is excellent and a preview of the wonderful creations you’ll make in the future!

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    May 23, 2010, 11.15 PMby smallone

    wow! now you are an inspiration to the rest of us…great job this is a fantastic coat and so worth the time it took you.

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    May 23, 2010, 10.11 PMby flowergirl22

    sehr schoen,, kalt??

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    May 23, 2010, 09.12 PMby sarsaparilla

    Wow you did a great job! It looks so well made :)

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    May 23, 2010, 09.04 PMby jaimesews

    it’s absolutely stunning!! Congrats!

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