My name is Lindsay and it has been 3 days since the air conditioning kicked on in my house. Today is October 14th. I live in Los Angeles.
A few weeks ago I went wool shopping in the fabric district in downtown LA and it was 95 degrees. I couldn’t do it- I just COULDN’T buy fabric for a winter coat. Thankfully Christina (who lives in chilly Denmark) forgave me for buying a lighter weight home dec fabric, and I couldn’t wait to get cracking on this challenging pattern test.
|Link to pattern||Classic Coat (affiliate link)|
|Measurements for bands?||N/A|
|Print Chart?||N/A all pages required|
|Variations||Welt vs Patch pocket|
|Finishing||Facing for lapel, collar, and pockets; blind-stitched hems for sleeves and hem; fully lined|
|Pattern Details||Very clear cutting instructions for cutting, separate pattern pieces for fusible interfacing; darts at bust and neck/ shoulders; 2-piece sleeves|
|Fabrics||Wool is recommended, but any mid- to heavy weight fabric with some drape and no stretch that can stand the heat of vigorous pressing would work.
Note: Do NOT shirk on the pressing. Every step. No slacking.
For me, the best part of this pattern was the stack of challenges. There are a TON of pattern pieces to cut, and lots of fabric. I actually love that Christina provides separate pattern pieces for the interfacing, because she has designed specific areas where the interfacing does not need to be in order to reduce bulk. I got a blister on my scissors thumb the night I did my cutting, but that’s because I was watching TV and too lazy to go upstairs and use my cutting mat and rotary cutter.
I have had a personal vendetta against notched collars since 2005 when I botched a Vogue pattern for a suit coat. The instructions were so perplexing, and I was such a novice that I chucked my project after ruining the collar twice. Apparently I hold grudges against patterns way longer than I do against people…