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My First Coat!!

Added May 8, 2010

by bellbellsews

Hobart, Australia






Mccall’s 5766 unaltered/adjusted. My first coat and biggest project to date. There are quite a few mistakes such as not all the lines on the fabric match up perfectly and in general it’s not the best fabric for this job but I still love it and feel super special when I wear it which is the point isn’t it….?
I had trouble with the collar and had to redo It and I sewed the hem about three times as it was either have the hem perfect but ugly to the eye (because of the stripes) or have it crooked but pleasing to the eye. In the end I compromised and hid the fact that the hem jumps up about an inch from the front to the back in the front pleats. Which worked ok ish. Have learned a lot from this coat – mostly learned that I don’t really know anything. Your constructive criticism is welcomed and valued. Please tell me what you think. Sorry for the poor photos but you get the idea.

Material Notes

Open weave wool blend




Garment Type

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    Jun 7, 2010, 06.41 PMby clabrazil

    You can’t be a novice! This is great. Well done!

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    May 10, 2010, 07.00 AMby kiwistitcher

    you have a fantastic job & the coat looks lovely on you

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    May 10, 2010, 01.32 AMby crafty-pig

    I think your coat looks great. I would just wear it and enjoy it and forget about the mistakes – only you know about those. I’m in the throws of making my first coat too and its a similar design to yours. Its had a lot of unpicking and restitching but its getting there. Your fabric looks thick so that would have made it more difficult to sew as well I’m guessing. Anyway – you should be very proud of your efforts. Lovely!

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      May 11, 2010, 01.44 PMby bellbellsews

      Thanks! I have worn it everyday since completing it – which means I’ve been a bit hot some days!! The fabric’s a bit thick but it’s a very loose weave which did make it hard to work with as the grain kept moving about! I couldn’t just fold the fabric in half to cut some of the pieces the way the instructions said to – instead I had to fold it then do big stitches to hold the folded layers together making sure the pattern of the fabric was even and symmetrical. My word it was laborious! next time I will use a more stable fabric…hope your coat is going well, I can’t wait to see it :-)

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    May 9, 2010, 12.05 AMby rifka

    I think it’s wonderful! I can’t see any faults at all. The fit is right on and design is so flattering. You should be proud.

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      May 9, 2010, 12.10 AMby bellbellsews

      Thankyou! It’s lucky the fit is ok – especially in the bust as I just finished breastfeeding my baby so my breast size is all over the show…actually my whole body shape/size is all over the show at the moment! Sigh..

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    May 8, 2010, 05.40 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Great job!! Totally agree with candicej about the mistakes. My first coat was in wool with houndstooth and didn’t look half as good as yours! Congrats! :-)

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      May 9, 2010, 12.05 AMby bellbellsews

      Thanks very much for your kind compliments ladies:)
      I love the flare sleeves too – the pattern provides three variations of the sleeve, but I think this is the best one for the fabric pattern. I have enough of the fabric left to make a skirt so I’m excited about that. Any suggestions….?

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    May 8, 2010, 05.35 PMby candicej

    I LOVE LOVE this coat! I wish it were hanging in my wardrobe. The thing about mistakes is that no-one else ever seems notice them when the garment is on :-) I think it looks great.

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    May 8, 2010, 02.45 PMby scheryka

    I think you done an awesome job. I love the flare sleeves.

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