February 16, 2010

Made: Raindrop Coat on a Lady Grey Day

It's raining outside. That really gentle kind of rain when it's so pleasant to wrap up in a favorite coat and drink something warm.
I was a tester for the Lady Grey Coat for Colette Patterns this last time around. I started with a muslin for this coat which is a typical routine to check fit for any pattern. I've ruined so much fabric by not getting the fit right the first time. After I'd finished the muslin, I put the pattern and the muslin away thinking that later I would make the coat out of something brilliant and fabulous. This last New Year's one of my resolutions was to finish all unfinished sewing projects and I felt that this fell into that category.

Even though I had the testing instructions, they they seemed adequate on a level that doesn't involve a lot of hand tailoring. The Lady Grey Coat is labeled advanced. The instructions are concise and easy to understand.
I made this coat from a cotton fabric which much resembles the weave and texture of burlap. It's really heavy and I was actually, going to interline it but in the end decided not to. The coat would have been way too heavy if I had. I lined the coat in a cotton voile, which was a mistake. Boo. It makes the coat hard to get on and off because you stick to everything. Next time, I'm making a mental note to put slippery linings in coats, or at least in the sleeves.

I sewed this pattern up in the size the corresponded with my measurements. Were I to make this again, I would opt to go one size larger that way I would have a little extra room for heavier tops that could go underneath. This coat is a little snug when I wear a long sleeve sweater.

I topstitched the coat in a contrasting turquoise thread, which was rather hard to get perfectly straight, something I definitely need to practice. The lapels aren't the prettiest, but oh well! so much learned for the next time.
When I mocked this up in muslin the sleeve was too large for the armhole. I logged that in with Colette Patterns, but didn't make the change for myself as I forgot. When it came time to insert the sleeve, I instantly remembered that I hadn't altered the pattern, so I gathered the sleeve into the armhole to attempt to save the coat since I didn't have enough fabric to cut out again. You can barely even see it because of the giant collar but there you have it. The sleeves in general were a little wide and since have fairly thin arms, I gave the sleeve a pleat at the elbow and topstitched it by hand, giving it a little imperfect look (which I probably wouldn't do again...).
Overall, I'm OK with this coat. I'm not as thrilled with it as I wanted to be. It's a great color. It's a good weight, has a unique shape and a vintage look. The fit was not what I would like and I feel I could do better next time, were I to sew it again.
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17 comments

  1. Lovely -- and beautifully photographed. A+ on the gloves!

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  2. Love your coat! Hehehe... I bought this pattern as soon as I saw it on her website, and I had my local shop order it so I could buy it. :) I was a little intimidated by the "advanced" labeling, but thanks for the review! I really want to make it in the winter white coating... just need to find the right fabric!

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  3. Oh, I adore it! If you don't mind, I'd love to post it on the CP blog and add it to the gallery!

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  4. Gorgeous! Congrats for being featured on BurdaStyle!

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  5. Oh I want one of those! What a beautiful coat!

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  6. Beautiful! That lining fabric is a really lovely contrast. I'm definitely going to check out that pattern.

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  7. Oh, it's lovely! So flattering and feminine. Well done!

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  8. An inspired choice of fabric. Jackets scare the bejeezus out of me, but I feel the urge to challenge myself soon...

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  9. wowza! love your style and work. so inspirational.

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  10. What a gorgeous coat. Everything is so classy, the shape, the color. Bravo!

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  11. I am definite that this would flatter my wife. I also like the long tie around the waist, very beautiful.

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  12. I have been looking for this coat everywhere! Well, I didn't know about it until I saw your blog, but it's the style I've been daydreaming of. I'll have to stash the pattern away until I'm a whole lot better at sewing. Your photos are gorgeous and that colour! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Beautiful coat and lovely review.

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  14. I have to say one more time, I really really love your version of this coat, and the color is smashing for you. Do I see some eye glittering?

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  15. That is one great coat!!! I might have to get that pattern...

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  16. Cute! looks like it fits nice.

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  17. the color is to die for, and i love the styling!

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