Finished, just in time for Winter Storm Brutus!! This pattern is part of the new Patterns by Gertie line for Butterick. I participated in the October coat sew-along on Gertie’s blog and I’m really glad I did. There is no way I would have finished the coat on my own. Well, not before next summer anyway! The pattern is labeled easy, but I beg to differ. The back collar treatment is a bit tricky, but Gertie put a great video on her blog that helps explain it much better than the written instructions ever could. That was the only step that threw me for a loop. Having sewn tailored jackets in the past, I found the process to be quite enjoyable. Okay, upon journaling my review thus far, perhaps I was a bit hasty to correlate easy with beginner. Yes, the pattern is easy if you are at least an experienced beginner. I would not recommend this pattern as a first project, however. That said, I LOVE this coat.
It certainly has the largest skirt sweep of any garment I own. There is a lot of fabric there! I purchased the grey wool at Joann fabrics ($30/yd) with a 50% off coupon for $15/yd. Gotta love those coupons. All that fabric gives the coat great twirl factor:
It is lined with lavender China silk, which I purchased at Yellowbird Fabrics in SLC. When I was at Sewing Summit last month, I had the privilege of attending Saria Mitnick’s lecture on special occasion sewing. After reading her Collette Sewing Handbook last year, I determined that I would sew with silk whenever the opportunity lended itself, and her lecture was the boost I needed to invest those $$ in high quality fabric. Mind you, this coat requires yards and yards of outer fabric as well as lining fabric. I was tempted to settle for a polyester lining because of the cost factor. After all, it wouldn’t show and nobody would know whether it was silk or polyester, right? Wrong. I would know and it mattered to me. So glad I made the leap from polyester to silk. What a difference in the drape and the feel of the coat. Here’s a picture of the lining before I finished the sleeve and bottom hems.
BTW, if you ever have the opportunity to attend an event where Sarai Mitnick is speaking, I encourage you to go. It will be time well spent.
I made bound buttonholes and for the inside “slit”, I used the straight stitch buttonhole (#59) on my sewing machine. It helps to reinforce the area around the slit so it doesn’t stretch out.
One last finishing detail is this great retro–inspired rooster pin that I purchased especially for my new coat.
|Rooster Pin by Heidi Daus for HSN
Lastly, here is a gratuitous Basset photo of my big boy in the background plowing through the snow with his sniffer as all good hound dogs would do.
On my sewing table this week is Vogue 8667. Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment as I love to interact with other blog readers
Published by Pamela Klingensmith
Sewing is my passion and I always have a notion to sew, but sometimes I get distracted with other crafty endeavors. I share my creative accomplishments (and sometimes failures) here on my blog. I am a licensed Martha Pullen beginning sewing instructor and serger instructor. For 5 years, I taught new owners how to use their Bernina sewing machines at my local Bernina dealer, and for 2 years I taught serger project classes at my local Baby Lock dealer. These days, my professional time is spent retailing handmade purse and bag making supplies and patterns. I also sell a small selection of fabric as well as my handmade bags and purses.
"The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." Prov. 16:9
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12 thoughts on “Butterick 5824: Grey Wool Coat”
You are very kind, Aline. Thanks for the encouragement.
Thanks so much, Symon. I really appreciate the encouraging comments.
What a beautiful coat, swirly and yet very stylish. I love it and I think it looks really great on you!
It's so great to see one of these in action! I love your fabric choices, and you've really achieved a great fit, and a lovely drape to the bottom. Beautiful work! 🙂
Thanks, Coco. It truly does feel very feminine to wear. Very girly, girl!
Thank you so much. 🙂
Thank you for the kind comments. I do love the illusion of a shape that the nipped waist gives.
Thank you, Joyce. Yes, it will get lots of wear this winter.
This is so pretty, just lovely. Feminine, stylish. Wonderful work.
Wow what a beautiful coat.
The nipped waist, full skirt, lining, collar…all combine to make an outstanding garment. Lovely!
Your coat is lovely! It looks like you will be able to wear your coat quite a bit this winter.