I had bought this fabulous woven ombre stripe from The Smuggler’s Daughter. It’s attractive on both sides so an unlined jacket seemed a good fit.
I think most of us looked right past Butterick B6244 with the incredibly plain dress, but the coat caught my eye. There are many similar patterns out there, but I liked that the shoulders were fit and despite all of the fabric it looked slimming on the model. The bonus is when you find that there is actually a dart under the draped collar. There are just 3 pattern pieces, which made matching stripes easy, however I had only ordered 4 repeats (less than 4 yards) of the fabric. After close inspection I discovered that there was absolutely no nap and the stripes were symmetrical so the back is cut one direction and the front is opposite! After laying out the front and back pattern pieces and matching the stripes I still had some fabric left, but the sleeve stripes wouldn’t match, or they would be too short.
Knowing that there is always a solution I cut out and stitched together the body of the coat. Then I draped the fabric at the arms and decided that it looks even better with the stripe running down the arm. I love that the inside seam is orange against tan. I’m so glad I didn’t have enough fabric! By cutting the sleeves cross grain I gained enough scraps to make two perfectly matched patch pockets lined in a different fabric.
The best part of this project is how well it fits into my existing wardrobe. Buying fabric I love and then finding the perfect pattern seems to be a good way for me to sew. The patterns are out there or you can alter them, but finding fabric you love is much more difficult.
One of your best creations. Beautiful
That fabric is fabulous and that coat is a perfect way to showcase it. Beautiful!
So cosy! Perfect use of this unusual fabric. Good save with the sleeves too!
Wow, you look fantastic in this coat! Thanks for sewing with fabric from http://www.smugglersdaughter.com!
I think this fabric is so good, it wouldn’t really matter what the pattern is. Stunning.
I’m a fabric first person too. Love your coat. The colours match you so well.
Oh, I totally agree – I always fall in love with the fabric first and can see why you did with this. It’s eye-catching in a good way and needs the simple pattern to show off the fabric in the best way.
I love this pattern and have made four already with more to come but yours is the absolute BEST!
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Wow! What a beautiful unique coat! Good colors for you too.
I love this!
The fabric is so you! What a serendipitous pairing. You are good at so many things and I especially love your eye on patterns that I, indeed, pass over.
It is a beautiful coat and the pattern is outstanding. I am particularly impressed by your use of horizontal and vertical piecing.
Wendy, this is gorgeous and looks fabulous on you!! What a beautiful coat.
And this may be the most exciting of all!!!