I made it! The contest ends today, and I just finished the coat. :D
It has a red wool outer with black cotton velvet collar and buttons, and a grey, red, black and white striped lining. The wool and lining came from Joann Fabrics, but the cotton velvet is from my stash.
I love this back pleat...it's what drew me to the pattern in the first place.
There are three buttons on top and two hidden snaps on the bottom. I'll likely swap these out for large hooks and eyes since the snaps are a bit cumbersome.
The velvet buttons were purchased but matched my velvet fabric perfectly as though I had covered them myself. :]
Since my lining fabric was striped on the diagonal, I cut the pieces individually so that one side mirrored the other, creating a chevron pattern. It worked only because there was no right side to the fabric. The original lower back piece was to be cut on the fold, so I added a 1/4" center back seam instead.
The process of cutting the lining took hours since the stripe pattern wasn't uniform and I had to match the areas piece by piece. This wasn't an issue with the sewing pattern, just my fabric choice. I love the results, but what a pain! :]
This was made from Butterick 5145, using View C with the sleeve tabs and back tab from View E.
It looks fantastic! I think I have to pull this pattern out and give it a try now. It’s a good thing I’ll have a while to finish it before I need it.
Ah ha! I just clicked on the “sewing” link on your blog here and now understand why you are so good at bashing dollhouses. It is all very similar to the flat pattern design one learns in fashion design school
It is quite similar…you learn how flat patterns relate to a three dimensional garment (or dollhouse).
Glad i came to see your blog, following it with great interest. Im also a sewer but no where near your talent.Love the coat!!!! So amazing!!
Brae, it is so good !!!
this is my best loved shape of coats and I am a coat collector.
I love it to bits and you are so darn clever !
Your sewing is as good as your miniatures. PERFECT.
And I love the patterns you used.
Thank you so much!
I just clicked on the sewing link for the first time and discovered a treasure trove of beautiful pics …. my goodness Brae - is there anything you don’t do extremely well!? That jacket is truly spectacular … the lining … oh how I love stripes!
You are so talented! I love the style and color … so feminine. The black collar on coats was very popular in the mid-sixties. I wanted one so much!
Thank you! I really wish there were more hours for sewing AND minis.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Where have you been doing a great stylish coat. I love the red color and the back is so beautiful. Inner perforated completely sovereign, I can understand it has cost many hours. Good luck with the contest.