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Orwell Coat

Added Jul 29, 2007

by elainemay

Aachen, Germany






##Black and white coat made from the designer Orwell pattern in the 9.2006 issue of Burda (pattern only available through mail order from the German edition). Totally uncreative on my part- except for sizing it down and eliminating the epaulet-type seams on the sleeves, I made it exactly as shown in the picture, because I loved it so much!

##New skills learned in this project: making buttonholes, making sleeves

##Tips for others: Nearly all of the seams on this garment are raw-edged. I found it difficult to cut the thick wool fabric using scissors so that the edges were perfectly smooth and straight. If I were to make something like this again, I would invest in a cutting wheel and surface for a more professional finish.

Material Notes

Black and winter white walkloden (don’t know what that fabric is called in English, but it’s a felted knit wool with a nubby surface, a little like boucle). The white is not piping, but rather raw-edged strips of fabric. Topstitching was done with winter white cotton embroidery floss.




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    Feb 12, 2010, 05.02 AMby cquinn13

    awesome job, it looks incredible! so trendy and fashionable

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    Jan 28, 2009, 01.26 PMby olyaboieru

    What can you make better? iT IS PERFECT! It looks beautiful!

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    Jan 26, 2009, 03.52 PMby justmica

    Wonderful…!!! Love it, you look like queen in this gorgeous coat!!

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    Jan 25, 2009, 07.50 PMby heidimw

    HOLY COW YOU ROCK!…. now i feel so insignificant… i can only hope my skills reach this level!

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    May 12, 2008, 10.06 AMby anajan

    wow! very neatly sewn, looks elegant and sophisticated. bravo!

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    Oct 5, 2007, 05.17 AMby littleladyluxe

    You are amazing! This is stunning. You must have a fantastic wardrobe :)

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    Aug 31, 2007, 07.15 PMby muffin

    Thanks, I’ll check that out. It’s funny, I saw a girl wearing a very similar (shop bought) coat recently but with red edging instead of white and thought at the time how much I’d like one, and now I can!

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    Aug 31, 2007, 05.17 AMby elainemay

    Hi Muffin: Unfortunately I don’t know much about what patterns are available in England, but if you look at the link that I posted in my last comment, you can see that a woman took a pattern from a back issue of Burda (perhaps you can find the same issue on Ebay or in your public library?) and modified it to recreate the Orwell pattern. She gives detailed step-by-step instructions on how she did it in her blog and got beautiful results. You might be able to follow her instructions to make your own. Hope that helps- good luck!

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    Aug 30, 2007, 07.18 PMby muffin

    I love this coat, are there any similar patterns available in England?

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    Aug 29, 2007, 08.05 AMby jj1

    I love your coat! Thank you for the tips.

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    Aug 28, 2007, 10.40 AMby elainemay

    Hi everyone— thanks for the warm compliments :) For those of you who aren’t able to get ahold of the original pattern, I found this blog entry from somone who reverse engineered the coat starting with another Burda pattern and got fabulous results: http://tanysewsandknits.blogspot.com/2007/02/costura-2007-1-casaco-orwell-2007.html She used bias tape instead of raw fabric strips (as the pattern calls for, but which you wouldn’t know unless you actually had the pattern), which I think actually gives a more polished finish. Best of luck, and if you make one, be sure to show us the finished product!

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    Aug 26, 2007, 09.02 PMby emilykate

    I LOVE IT! I have a real ‘thing’ for coats, I’d love to make this but it sounds like that pattern would be pretty hard to come by. You did a super job!

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    Aug 26, 2007, 03.46 PMby lilo

    I really love this coat! I’ll look for something similar that I can alter to look like this, very classy.

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    Aug 22, 2007, 11.49 PMby sewfreshsewclean


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    Aug 13, 2007, 04.15 AMby elainemay

    Hi Elphaba— Thanks for the compliment. I didn’t make the pattern myself- unfortunately, I’m not that creative! It was a mail-order designer pattern that was available in the 9.2006 issue of Burda (German edition only).

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    Aug 12, 2007, 11.07 PMby elphaba

    this coat looks amazing! did you make the pattern yourself?

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    Aug 12, 2007, 06.28 PMby paranoire

    I LOVE this coat! I still regret that i didn’t order the pattern when I had the chance. awwwr, lovely! The black and white contrast looks great!

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    Aug 9, 2007, 10.13 AMby weidenkatzchen

    Wow, you did a fantastic job on that one! Looks like it was store-bought.

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    Aug 6, 2007, 10.14 AMby stepanka

    This is the most awesome coat!! What a hard work, you are very good.

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    Aug 6, 2007, 03.09 AMby elainemay

    Thanks for the compliments, ladies! I guess eventually it will get cold enough to wear it :) In the meantime, I’m working on another coat- it’s almost done and I’ll post it soon!

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    Aug 5, 2007, 03.31 PMby lindal

    Excellent job. Very fashionable.

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    Aug 3, 2007, 07.51 AMby majnets3s

    Great coat!

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    Aug 3, 2007, 07.42 AMby marmota-b

    Looks really very professional and well-fitted! I think everybody must look after you when you walk in the streets in this coat. :-)

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    Aug 1, 2007, 10.00 AMby mirela

    Very nice designer coat! Beautiful sewing!

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    Jul 30, 2007, 01.48 AMby lauriana

    Wow! It looks great! You made it all look so professional with the topstitching e.t.c. and by getting a great fit (sometimes, I consider it harder to get a bought pattern to fit than to make my own)

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