Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dress Coat



If you come to my house for a visit, I will always ask if I can take your coat but then I'll just turn around and hang it on the banister...wanna know why? My front closet is full...embarrassingly full of my coats. No one else's...just mine. There is no possible way I could fit yours in there. I know that I could purge the collection but then how could I call it an obsession...?  I have mentioned my coat obsession way back in year one of my blogging journey....some things never change!


Cause here I have gone and made another one. A good one if I do say so myself.... I love this fabric! 

For this coat, I  used Burda 6772.  I love the design of this coat but like many others...found the instructions lacking. I was also lacking some much needed sleep at the time so that didn't help but I did manage to get through it.



I'm not a fan of a CB seam but wanted to ensure a good fit so I did my best to print match. I'm pleased with the result.


I opted to used self fabric covered buttons and large snaps. Bound button holes would have been ideal but I desperately wanted this coat to turn out and the possibility of me messing them up was highly likely at the time. Sometimes you just have to play it safe.




I chose a black Kasha lining. I think I have mentioned my love for this lining before when I used it  in my McCalls 6656 coat. This flannel backed lining adds warmth without bulk, perfect for a dress coat.
 




Me Made IRL... so I thought that I would start sharing some pictures of how I style and wear my me mades in real life. Jeans, heels, tunic and a little sparkle.


76 comments:

  1. Wow. Just wow. Great looking coat! How does that kasha lining hold up over time/washing? Or do you only dryclean coats? (I'm a toss everything in the washer kind of gal myself. ;-) )

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    1. Thanks! I think that as long as you pretreated the lining before you made your coat (wash and dry) you would be fine. I always dry clean coats though. Too much work for me to risk it.

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  2. That coat is stunning! And amazing pattern matching! That's something that still really intimidates me.

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    1. Thank you. I don't find pattern matching too bad as long as I have purchased more than enough fabric. It's a nightmare when I have skimped!

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  3. You look lovely in your newest coat. The fabric IS beautiful. Is it a wool brocade? An excellent colour choice for you, IMO!

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    1. Thank you! The color is what attracted me to it. I wouldn't say that it's wool, a poly blend....many times the fabric store here sells pieces that are labeled "unknown fibres" so it's a guessing game sometimes.

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  4. This is so beautifully done! Just keep this coat on the banister because you will be wearing it a lot! Love love the fabric and the color! You look wonderful! Another amazing job!

    Almeda :)

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    1. Thanks Almeda! Funny you say that....it's been on the banister! lol Too. Many. Coats.

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  5. I share your coat obsession and this one is lovely. Beautiful job plus I really love the snaps.

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    1. Because of the climate I live in...I always feel justified in having lots of coats. Hehe, that's what I tell my self anyway! Thanks!!

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  6. Gorgeous! Perfect matching on the back too.

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  7. Beautiful coat! Love the color and print. Looks great!

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    1. Thank you Jenny! The fabric was a pretty awesome find!

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  8. Gorgeous coat, I must take a look at this pattern. I really love the fabric choice and your styling. Hope you can squeeze it into your closet!

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    1. Oh! I'll make room alright! Thanks Allison!

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  9. Swish. Very swish coat Margo. You did an awesome job on your coat especially the centre back seam.
    I wouldn't be able to get passed your coat cupboard because I know they'd be awesome to try on:))

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    1. Oooo..swish. I haven't heard swish used this way so of course I had to look up the slang meaning. Thank you Maria!

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  10. what a beautiful coat! I really love the deep pleat in the skirt at the back. Very chic. I love making and wearing coats too, it's just a little sad that the climate here just doesn't call for them all that often!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! Hmmm.. I'm not sure that I would be sad about your climate! I will admit that I do love the different seasons we have. Keeps things interesting but by February 2.... my view on it starts to waiver!

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  11. Gorgeous! Perfect match of fabric and style. I decided to make myself a new coat this year, still haven't started!!

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    1. Thank you Megan! There is always time to make yours....even if you don't wear it right away. Don't think of yourself as being behind in your sewing queue...but prepared for next season!

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  12. Just lovely...! I live in South Africa, but still have a thing for coats and jackets.....so don't feel bad about your obsession considering where you live1

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    1. Thanks Rianna! We are all so great enabling each other in the sewing community! Love that!

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  13. Very very classy :-)
    I don't quite have a coat obsession but I will be trying my first soon. I hope I'm just as proud of it as you are!

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    1. Oh thanks Tasha! I look forward to seeing yours!

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  14. that coat is so pretty. Love the red. and that is a great pattern. I think Burda wins the coat contest - they have so many cute coat patterns through their whole size range.

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    1. Thank you Beth! This color was hard to photograph because it is red like you say but a very hot red. And I would agree...Burda does have great designs!

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  15. This is just beyond gorgeous, you did an amazing job. I have a coat making obsession, too and the bound buttonholes just make me so nervous.

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    1. Bound button holes....ughh...I can do practice ones perfectly but when I go the the garment...it's a mess.. Thanks Lori!

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  16. Amazing post! You have a wonderful blog:)
    What about following each other on Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter?..

    www.bloglovin.com/blog/3880191

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  17. This is so beautiful !! Just gorgeous! Reading your first lines on this post was like I was reading my own words...I was looking at my coat rack at the door a few days ago and there where 6 coats of mine and one of my husband ! oops that is a lot...and I have a few more in my own closet and planning a few more , hahahah.

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    1. Lol! Thanks! I feel so much better about my own coat collection.

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  18. It's gorgeous, as are you. Love the fabric (where do you source such nice stuff? - we don't have great fabric stores in France so any advice would be greatly appreciated) and I suspect you'd be able to wear a brown paper bag and look good. Found your blog a few weeks ago and really enjoy seeing what you make. When I eventually get the opportunity and time to get back to my sewing I can be sure I'll be inspired by some of your lovely makes - keep up the great job.

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    1. Thanks Chris!! I don't think that I can be much help to you because I don't have any experience with online shopping. I shop primarily at a large Canadian fabric chain and they don't ship worldwide. Boo. I hope you find the time to get back to sewing soon!

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  19. That back seam was completely invisible to me until you mentioned it! Lovely fabric, lovely design.

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    1. Thanks Morgan! I did take pains to match it up, so I'm pleased that you didn't notice it.

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  20. This is exquisite! The perfect pairing of fabric and pattern. Just beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment! Sometimes things just work out so nicely!

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  21. Your coat is so polished looking! You did a great job. Hope you are all caught up on your sleep now!

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    1. Are we ever really caught up!? Thank you Philippa!

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  22. Read your review at PR and decided to popover to your blog. Glad I did as I can truly see you are a master of coat sewing! Great job with this coat! Love the covered buttons with snaps under neath!

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    1. Awww thanks Linda! I'm pretty sure that I'm not a master of coat sewing but thanks! I was a little too scared to try those buttonholes... maybe next time...or the time after that! lol

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  23. Lovely coat! I have a jacket obsession so I get it! My husband recently said, "is that the third jacket you've made lately?" my reply "who's counting?"

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    1. Well we are in the same coat club! Thanks Elizabeth!

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  24. So beautiful and polished. I hope to one day make something like this. Well done!

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    1. Thank you Donna! If I can make this so can you!

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  25. That fabric is EXQUISITE! Really gorgeous coat.

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    1. So sweet of you to say so...thanks Michelle!

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  26. Beautiful coat! I love your fabric!

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    1. Thank you Erica!! The fabric certainly is great.

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  27. Oh Margo! This is so very you! As always, impeccable sewing, and your fabric choice is gorgeous! And good 'ol Burda. I love many of their designs, but one does need to read between the lines when constructing.

    You know...your signature style is so recognizable. I'm always a little in awe about that. I tend to make random choices and then wonder why did I choose this pattern or this fabric...all after I've sewn it of course. You are inspiring me to try and be more selective and thoughtful! xo

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    1. Thanks so much Sue!! I think that your style is very much your own as well! I do the very same thing at times...doubting my choices. I think we all do that when we really shouldn't. Keep making what feels like you!!

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  28. Wow, this is stunning. Impeccable sewing and the fabric choice is beautiful x

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    1. Thank you Claire! I always feel lucky when I find a special fabric.

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  29. What a gorgeous coat Margo! Print, style, fit, all just perfect! There are times I'd be interested in purchasing fabric online but a big part of the fun for me is going in a store and eyeing up the beautiful fabrics in person (plus I know what I'm getting). Oh, I picked up the latest Vogue issue with your interview! So cool to see you featured!:)

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    1. Thank you Rikki!! I think online shopping works when you have read a good online review of a certain fabric and can order the exact same one. The magazine article still feels surreal!

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  30. Wow Margo - this is beautiful! I love that colour on you and the print matching at the back is fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Heather! I hope you are having a fabulous trip!!!!!

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  31. OMG this is one beautiful jacket... I just found your blog and I am hooked already, Great is impeccable craftsmanship

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    1. Well hello there fellow Canuck!! I paid your blog a visit and you make some great things yourself!! Thanks for commenting!

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  32. What a beautiful coat. Love the snaps. Can you tell me where they came from please??

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    1. Thanks Sonja! I found the snaps at my local fabric shop and they are just sew on snaps. Here is a link to then on fabric.com https://www.fabric.com/buy/nr-2331/dritz-sew-on-snaps-30mm-antique-brass-2-pack

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