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project pea coat

Added Jul 7, 2010

by tamalicious16

Massachusetts, U...






I used Vogue 7979 as the pattern for this coat. It includes both the outer layer and the lining. I had to make a few minor adjustments to account for the little bulk of the thinsulate.

This coat used up 4 spools of thread and broke my sewing machine (but luckily it was under warranty), but it was totally worth it. It is the warmest coat I’ve ever worn.

The pattern itself was not difficult (though it is out of print so it was a little hard to get), but sewing through melton wool and thinsulate while making everything line up and fit made this project the toughest I’ve ever done. I ended up doing the buttonholes by hand with embroidery floss. They’re the only part of the coat I’m not 100% proud of (they look fine, but they don’t look quite as perfect as I would have liked). If anyone has any hand-sewn buttonhole tips, I’d love to hear them!

Material Notes

made from melton wool, thinsulate lined




Garment Type
Other, Wool

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    Jul 7, 2010, 08.33 AMby fairyprincess

    It’s so nice though! It’s divine.

    I’m about to embark on making some coats for myself with a thinsulate lining, have you got any tips? I’ll certainly be keeping in mind that I might need to hand stitch buttonholes, but it’s worth it for such a warm and nice coat :)

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      Jul 7, 2010, 12.20 PMby tamalicious16

      I sewed my normal polyester lining that shows on the inside of the coat to all the thinsulate pieces before doing anything else with the lining. The difference in thickness and slipperyness of the polyester lining required lots of pins even for that part. The main thing to be aware of is that although thinsulate is really thin compared to other things of its warmth, it really fluffs up when you cut it, so pin the edges when you sew it to the lining. You’ll also have to trim all the thinsulate-containing seams pretty close, so you’ll probably want to double stitch some of them.

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      Jul 28, 2010, 02.23 PMby fairyprincess

      Thanks for the tips! They’ll certainly help!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 03.12 AMby priti

    very nice

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