December 8, 2016

INCH BY INCH ANYTHING'S A CINCH (OR SO THEY SAY)...


...i stopped procrastinating and starting working towards what I hope will be my 2016 Winter coat before 2017 gets here.  I'm still a little undecided - but it's time to get moving. 
The Schnittchen Silvia Coatigan is what I'm shooting for.  You know, a cross between a coat and a cardigan.  It has dropped shoulders that gives it a relaxed-cozy effect.  Of course I wish I could have a peachy colored woolen fabric just like this, but with limited local resources I must work with I have.

I decided to just take this project one day at a time - inch by inch anything's a cinch (or so they say).  I'm still trying to make a final decision on the fabric to use. 

Check or Taupe

So on Sunday I pre-treated both fabrics using the dryer steam method (wet steamy towels in the dryer with the fabric for 45 minutes.
On Monday I finished tracing the pattern,

and on Tuesday I cut the muslin and stitched on Wednesday and Thursday.
I like this coat, especially the pockets.  Actually I just wanted to see if I could put it together because the instructions included are really sketchy.  My muslin looks slightly like a lab jacket but the fit is really good.

Which fabric would you use???

35 comments:

  1. Oh Yes! I think the checkered print! I would pick that one though! I can't wait to see the outcome! ~Timesa

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The juries still out on this one Samone. Whichever way it goes your suggestion is VALUED!

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Thanks for your vote Barbara!

      Delete
  3. Checks with a red lining!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A red lining to make it POP. Wonderful idea Marianne!

      Delete
    2. Thanks for suggesting the red lining. I'm constructing the coat lining tonight. RED it is!

      Delete
  4. My vote is for the taupe fabric.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Monica! Your vote is valued!

      Delete
  5. I would make Taupe... I'm weirdly sensible in making even though the fabrics I buy are so... creative lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've had this taupe fabric since forever Tasha and I like it too. Hope you had a wonderful vacay!

      Delete
  6. The taupe fabric would be my choice. You're inching along! More than I can say for myself - my coat is still in my sewing thoughts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes I'm inching Samina but look how long my coat stayed in the thought process. This should be a somewhat simple coat to make, just got to make a decision about the fabric.

      Delete
  7. *I* would use the check, because I'd look like death warmed over in the taupe. But that's me. :-) The taupe will be much dressier-looking than the check. Do they drape the same? I think you'll want a heavy drapey fabric to get that easy look in the photo. That might make a difference... Either one will be lovely.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The check has a bit stiffer drape than the taupe Lisa. I knowwww, this is such a hard decision!

      Delete
  8. I'd use the check--however, matching plaid (especially for me) can be a dealbreaker but the pattern doesn't seem to have a lot of pieces. I would include a solid color -- maybe for the collar? -- or piping? -- to break up the plaid.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know exactly what you mean about checks and plaids Robin, strips for that matter too. The piping for the checked fabric is a wonderful idea too.

      Delete
  9. Anonymous12/09/2016

    I see you in the check. -Mary Roberts- who can't remember how to comment on blog posts LOL

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your input Mary - it's very valued here!

      Delete
  10. Plaid, most definitely. You only have to match the side seams and cb which makes this the perfect coat for a plaid. That and I like gray better than taupe. I think that you should save the plain fabric for a more complicated design that needs the seams to show.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This is a great suggestion Nancy. The coat front is two pieces, there is a top and a bottom piece to it and the pocket is incorporated into those two pieces.

      Delete
  11. My two cents, I think that you should widen the collar just a smidge. Nice design.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your two cents are valued Nancy. I think that widening the collar is a great idea!

      Delete
  12. I like the camel fabric.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your vote Sheila!

      Delete
  13. OH Faye, so happy your getting started on your new winter coat.It is going to be gorgeous.. I vote the check..[so pretty].
    Look forward to seeing what you choose? Happy sewing.. Stay warm..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Judy! Keep your fingers crossed for me that all goes well!

      Delete
  14. You've made some good progress! I'd choose a wool woven, like your check, or a heavy sweater knit if I could find it, but we are limited by what we can find, aren't we? I'm looking forward to your updates.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm taking this project one tiny baby step at a time Marjie since I'm so unfamiliar with this pattern company. Ohhhh how I wish I could find a nice heavy sweater knit to make this out of. Hopefully early next year I can make a trip to Hotlanta (Atlanta) to buy some fabric there.

      Delete
  15. Either fabric would be great IMO! I haven't started winter coat sewing just yet... I want to sew at least two winter coats until February

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tany thank you so much for your input! YOUR COATS ARE ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL! I would like to make two winter coats this season as well. Don't know if that will happen though because I have so many things that I need to make.

      Delete
  16. I think the check would look fabulous on you, though it'll be harder to work with. ;) I love the dryer steam method! It works so well, and is so much more convenient than going to the dry cleaners!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes the vote is with the check Elizabeth and I think it is going to be just what I'm looking for as my "Boyfriend style coat".

      Delete
  17. Oh Robin, make both!! I always tell my daughter, who has a problem making decisions, "When in doubt, buy both, or in this case, make BOTH!" ☺️

    ReplyDelete

THANKS FOR LOOKING IN. YOUR COMMENTS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED!!!