The Houndstooth coat

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an, I was doing pretty good sharing each week and staying on schedule until...my machine broke and had to be sent in for service, then the whole family came down with the flu. Finally yesterday I felt up to doing more than just sitting my ass on the couch and watching episode after episode of Friends & Poirot. I guess that's the way to end the first month!
I feel so chic in my new houndstooth coat! I mean seriously, I made a coat! If that's not impressive enough for you the pattern, which is free, is in Russian and came with no instructions! Putting the shell together wasn't too hard, This loosly woven houndstooth was kinda hard to work with. I forgot to put pockets in at first so I tried to tear the side seam out to put them in and it did not like me after that. I immediately put down my seam ripper and just stitched my little side seam hole back up. Who needs pockets anyway!
I love the simplicity in the coat, no collar, no buttons! I shortened the sleeves of the pattern to create  more of a 60's silhouette and of course took the whole thing up a few inches, I think 6".
FULLY LINED! I did my first "bag the lining" thanks to Jen from Grainline, I feel like an advertisement for her but she just has all the tailoring techniques I currently need and she explains it in a way I can wrap my mind around. I also had to draft the lining from scratch, yet again, Grainline has a tutorial for that!
Originally I had planned on just using a grey lining, but Amber from So I Sewed This asked me what lining I was going to use which made me realize that plain ole lining was just not going to do it for this awesome graphic coat! I mean, what's the point of handmade if it's boring? The lining is a floral rayon challis and was a little more than I would usually spend on something no one will really see, but I LOVE it!
I love this coat so much that I actually handstitched the lining at the hem to keep it neat and get this, I actually enjoyed it!
All in all I love the finished product. I feel like I made a nice dressy coat that will last more than just a season, and fits well. Plus I feel so fancy with my leather gloves!This coat has added about 4 other coats to my list of want to makes. I'm such a fan of online tutorials but I have to ask, When you want to learn a new technique do you reach for the computer or a book? Which book or website?

15 comments:

  1. I love it, and think the fun lining is perfect! A coat is still on my to-sew wish list... Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Really sharp looking coat. Online tutorials all the way! Grainline and Sewaholic seem to have every tutorial I've needed so far.

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  3. So gorgeous!!! And I love your floral lining with the black and white houndstooth! Putting on that coat would make any day more fabulous :) I usually do an internet search when i'm trying to figure something out, although i do have a few good books that i should check more often. Definitely checking out that link about bagging the lining when i get to that part on my jacket!

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  4. Hi, Great looking coat, what is the name of the site you used for this coat

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  5. Thank you! The link to the website is in the post. click on the words Pattern, and it's free and it will take you to the website. Unless you know Russian you can go google translate the website to make it easier to navigate. There are a few other free patterns on there as well.

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  6. Thank you, I do love how it turned out. Can't wait to see your jacket!

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  7. Ooo Sewaholic, I always forget about that one! Thanks!

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  8. If you want to do a practice coat to get the technique down first, an idea is to shrink the pattern when you're printing it so you don't waste fabric, it's probably not going to be wearable but it'll save you time.

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  9. I absolutely adore this coat, Amber!! It's classy and absolutely beautiful! And of course, I love the lining! I can always help with Russian when needed, too!

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  10. Thank you! and good to know about the Russian, There weren't any instructions to go along with it but I know there are a few other patterns on there so I may be taking you up on that!

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  11. Jessica Show Pony GokeyMarch 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    i am trying to make a coat like this but different material. i was going to hand make a wool coat, and totally love this pattern. i have no sewing experience and found the site linked here and can't understand it. anyone know a easy pattern very similar to this coat i could buy?

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  12. Hi Jessica, I'm glad you like the coat. If you're looking for patterns you can find them on burdastyle.com or look into Vogue or McCalls. I know that they make easy sew patterns.

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  13. Jessica Show Pony GokeyMarch 8, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Can you tell me a good mid weight wool fabric to use??? I am hand sewing a simlair coat and need to work with a fabric wool material that wont fray but looks nice and smooth. I am not sure that fabric to get, melton wool boiled wool? Unsure. Its for a big project for a museum so the fabric needs to be nice and not pick up alot of lint.

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  14. I probably won't be much help here. I would recommend going to a fabric store and checking out the different types of wool offered. A medium weight wool fabric will be the easiest to work with.

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  15. hello, I was looking at the pattern but I cant seem to figure out how the pieces fit together.

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