In addition to a few other projects for myself, my mister has been pleading for a new coat so I've decided to break down and make him one. Actually he's been pleading for two new coats - a winter coat and a trench - but one thing at a time, right? I rarely sew for Shawn (Mr. S) and its kind of sad really. I need to be better about incorporating his needs into my sartorial sewing world. We wouldn't be able to afford the type of coat I'll make, and really I love the prospect of delving into a bit of menswear. I thought it would be fun to take a journey together with you, especially as I'm working on the toggle coat version from the japanese pattern book. If you haven't seen it, and don't know what a japanese pattern book is, I suggest having a gander in this Etsy shop (I always buy japanese books from her and she's so nice and her CS is excellent!). Japanese pattern books contain several different patterns in one book (all the instructions are usually in japanese) and this one in particular has some really beautiful men's outerwear. I actually have a few different japanese pattern books, but this is the first time I've actually used one.
Duane from Mainely Dad has been a great resource as I've been working through the beginning stages of this project. Duane has made all of the coats from this japanese book - here's his toggle version! And they are all insanely beautiful! I can actually credit Duane with giving my mister the idea that I could actually sew up a coat for him too (thanks Duane - no sarcasm here, truly). I actually did start tracing off a trench coat earlier this year for my man, but that abruptly ended when, I found that in addition to tracing off the
So if you were wondering, to trace off the pattern, I put down some dotted pattern paper first (I could have used the medical exam paper too, no biggie, whatevs) then I put the tracing paper sheet - blue - face down on top of that and put the pattern sheet on top of that. Put down a couple of pattern weights here and there and then used that handy dandy tracing wheel, to not only trace the pattern, but add the seam allowance in one whack. I added a 1/2" seam allowance - by the way, these tracing wheels do not do 1/8" increments, which is really neither here nor there, but you know. For the hem allowances I added either a 1 1/2" - sleeve - or 2" - body - hem allowance to the bottoms.
The perfect fabric came into my possession at the American Sewing Expo too. It's that Double Cloth Wool Coating from Wool House. When I presented it to my mister, and draped it over him to get a sense of how the color would work for him, he claimed that he wanted a cape instead of a coat. He told me to just serge the edges and put some sort of closure around the neck. By the way, he's so full of
So there ya go. I'm actually sewing for another human being besides myself. See? I can be generous.... Ever sewn for your man, woman or significant other? Tell me, any pointers? Any