This years pattern & fabric choice: I became intrigued by this pattern after seeing it floating around sewing blog-sphere. I loved it's oversized easy boyfriend style and it was just what I wanted for this years coat project. The fabric was gifted to me by fellow Pericrafter member Timesa Spencer-Johnson from Fresno, California. I knew this fabric would become a coat when I first unboxed it.
The Silvia Coatigan Pattern Review:
I found this German brand pattern very true to size. Of course I used a conversion chart to help me translate the pattern's centimeter language to inches. I was a little concerned about the waist and hip measurements so I added 1" to the side seams only have to remove the excess after fitting.
Pattern Instructions: Sketchy with no diagrams or pictures AT ALL.
I had to call on previous coat making experience throughout the entire construction process. Working with 3/8" seam allowances (which is what I hear is used across the board in industry) opposed to my usual 5/8" was a little strange. I had to constantly remind myself to use 3/8" (I guess 5/8" is engraved on my brain).
Alterations made to the pattern:
Added 2 1/2" to the sleeve length. I have long arms and didn't want to chance coming up short (something that happened on a previous coat project).
Added 1 1/2" to the width of the lapel and collar as suggested by Nancy K (Nancy K Sews), and I think it was a wonderful suggestion; and the red lining per Marianna (Foxgloves and Thimbles). I might add choosing the check over a taupe fabric I had was the general consensus of commenters. Oh yes, and don't forget all the encouragement I get from my Mother, Inell! It takes a village to build a coat folks.
I love the pockets on this coat and found them unique. They envelope right up into the horizontal seam in the coat front. I would definitely make this boyfriend style coat again. I think it would be a breeze to make up in a solid fluffy weave wool of some type. ANY FABRIC SUGGESTIONS???