Winter Coat for My Man: Finish Line

Drum roll please. Here it is! The COAT! The finished coat and its on my man and he loves it. It’s a pretty handsome coat, if I do say so myself. We were able to get outside yesterday and snap a few photos and lookey here, it even snowed so the backdrop couldn’t have been more perfect. The coat itself has been finished since last Tuesday. Shawn has been able to wear it a few times and he said that its a really nice and warm coat. He says he feels good in it. Its a close fit and keeps the cold out. He loves the pocket placement, he loves being able to sink his hands right down into the front of the coat comfortably and he says the inside pockets are wonderful. He’s pretty impressed with the hood and though at first he didn’t really like the aesthetic of being able to tighten it up, ultimately he’s really glad I included it because it really keeps the heat trapped inside. Though my mister likes to look good, he likes functionality even more and he’s definitely one of those types that would purchase 7 of the same suit, that looked good on him, and wear the same thing every day of the week because he doesn’t want to be bothered with thinking about stuff like that.

This is the hardest thing I’ve ever made to date – beats the sofa slipcover by a landslide. The slipcover was only hard because it was sooooo big. This coat was different. I could talk til I’m blue in the face about tailoring techniques and how much I’ve learned about them and read about them, but actually employing them on a jacket or coat is a completely different story. I used several tailoring techniques on this coat – stabilized the center back seam, shoulder, front facing and zipper area, created a back stay, added shoulder pads, interlined the lining, added welt pockets, and stabilized the hem on both the coat and the sleeve. I used fusible interfacing instead of a sew-in and really really learned my lesson on testing interfacing on the actual cloth before sewing it together because after I had sewn several interfaced parts together, I found that the interfacing didn’t really like to adhere to the fabric very well. Unfortunately it seemed more due to the fabric itself as I tried several high quality interfacings and all kept peeling off after a bit. Still, I trudged on.

I’m actually really surprised that I finished the coat, to be honest. It’s a direct result of that crafty monogamy soapbox I got on awhile ago. That seriously works. Like, really. I was absolutely determined not to let my attention divert to another project and I’ve found that it really, truly increases sewing productivity. I think I just found my New Year’s Resolution!

As a round-up, I decided that it would be helpful if I included all the posts that I’ve written on a project in the final project’s post. So here’s a handy dandy reference to all the posts on this coat, in order of course:
New Project: Winter Coat for My Man
Winter Coat for My Man: the Muslins
Winter Coat for My Man: Progress
Winter Coat for My Man: the Home Stretch

What do y’all think? Like it? Ever made anything for your significant other?

  • Gail - Wow. Just wow. You can’t see me, but I’m bowing down to you! Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Dottie Doodle - Gorgeous! The tailoring is wonderful, and I love those purple thingys holding the toggles.ReplyCancel

  • stef - You did an amazing job, this is gorgeous!! I am utterly mesmerised by the purple toggle tabs, they are so elegant! I love this coat!
    When I was a knitter in my teens into my late 20s I mostly made stuff for other people, and big projects too like jumpers or lap blankets. I never felt a need to make stuff for myself, nor did I photograph any of it. I was just happy to experience the process and not fussed about the result. I made a few jumpers for boyfriends and whilst we did break up, I am sure it was nothing to do with The Boyfriend Sweater Curse.

    I wouldn’t mind a Significant Other to sew for but there is a bigger issue of me being able to be in a relationship first, and for the time being I am appy being on my own and sewing for me and any friends who might ask 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Chloe - Congratulations! The coat looks great, and to make something so involved for someone else, and have them really appreciate & enjoy it is a real accomplishment.

    I myself made a shirt for the beau last spring, and it felt pretty good to make something for someone special, I have to say. You’ve inspired me to do it again!ReplyCancel

  • sallie - This is just so SO beautiful!! I love it! Definitely worth all the hard work! You did a wonderful job, Sunni! You should be so proud. And your mister looks simply dashing in it!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne - Absolutely wonderful. Your hard work has paid off handsomely. Can’t wait to see what you tackle next.ReplyCancel

  • Karin - I love it! You did a marvellous job on it. It looks very, very good with all the details just so. It also fits your husband perfectly. You managed the sewing trifecta: great style/design/fabric choices, great fit, and perfectly executed details.

    I’d love to sew my husband a coat. But I cannot find any patterns that aren’t naff, naff, naff!

    Well done you! I hope he really loves it. He looks fantastic in it. Classic, but with a few little twists that give it edge and personality.ReplyCancel

  • theperfectnose - heeheee look at that-he should be in the Japanese coat book-smoking a bubble pipe and saying ‘jolly good’ XD That’s awesome!
    I made a shirt for Carl-out of quilting fabric-it was only the 2nd thing I’d ever made. And it was the first with sleeves. Needless to say it wasn’t very usable. XD Will be doing something for his b’day tho’. Propah stuff.ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - love it, love it, love it! looks great, fits perfect… what more could you want! i just finished up my second coat in as many months and yes, it is a labor of LOVE. great job, you should be proud.ReplyCancel

  • Kathi Giumentaro - Love the coat. You did a wonderful job. I have been sewing for my husband lately. It make me so happy to see him in something I made.
    Nice hair cut too.ReplyCancel

  • Ella - Gorgeous coat, both in design and construction! And he looks quite good in it. Marvelous.
    I’m planning to make a shirt for my boyfriend, it’s quite daunting! I’m loading up on info and references to prepare. Any references you used for the tailoring on this coat, by the way?ReplyCancel

  • Mainelydad - This came out great. The pops of color are pure genius! This style can easily fall into the fuddy duddy prep category, but your combination of fabric and details really blasts this coat into the present.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I think Mr. S. looks way better with his haircut.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - This is great! I wish I had the experience and know-how to make one for my man… He’s 6’5″ and skinny, and it is almost impossible to find nice winter coats for his height and build. Maybe someday I’ll be this good!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Your coat turned out gorgeous. It makes me want to try an sew a coat for my hubby. Thanks for sharing the project with us!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Wow! I love this coat!!! It looks so stylish but also functional and very warm. Well done, bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - It looks AWESOME! Well worth every bit of effort you put into it – the fit is perfect, and aesthetically, it’s a beautiful coat (in a manly-dude kind of way, I mean!). Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Wow. Just, wow. This looks amazing! What a great coat! You could never find one in the store that would fit this well or be so unique (and if it even came close, it would cost a gazillion dollars)! Nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • didyoumakethat - Absolutely amazing and YOU are absolutely amazing. You’ve just earned yourself a year’s supply of breakfast in bed. Staggering achievement!ReplyCancel

  • soisewedthis - It looks amazing! I’m glad he likes it! P.S. the snow outside looks sooo pretty! i wish we would get some, but it’s 72 and it does not feel like winter at all!!ReplyCancel

  • Hester - I’ve been following your progress on this, and I think you’ve done an amazing job; it’s cool, a little bit quirky (love the flashes of colour!), and looks enormously practical too. I want to tackle a coat at some point, so I’ll be referring back to your posts for tips!ReplyCancel

  • oonaballoona - ridiculously, stunningly, amazingly MAGNIFICENT.ReplyCancel

  • StevenT - Really great coat. Looks fantastic. Love the material. Very cool.ReplyCancel

  • Carlee - Sunni, that coat is DA BOMB. It looks so good and I bet it will last for years to come! Awesome and inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • PendleStitches - I’m not showing this to my chap…he’ll want one and I simply don’t have the skills.
    Yet! 😉ReplyCancel

  • twotoast - Hubby’s coat looks fabulous – well done to you 🙂 The hard work that you have put in certainly shows and the fact that he is warm and lovels wearing it is an absolute bonus!

    I am going to tackle shirts for my hubby next year – certainly not as complicated as this coat, but a challenge nonetheless!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - It’s amazing!!! I love that you admit it’s the hardest thing you’ve ever made. That’s really inspiring to me knowing that even super experienced sewers push themselves and learn new things everyday. I love that about sewing 🙂
    I made a Colette Negroni shirt for my Mister and I’d like to make him another one someday. I really enjoyed that pattern.ReplyCancel

  • Kat @ Petticoats & Peplums - That is awesome! I would be too intimidated to make a coat like that. It just seems like such a massive project. Your coat looks amazing though. If I was going to make my husband a coat it would be one like this. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Reana Louise - Let me just say, you deserve ‘girlfriend of the year’ award. I’m talking home baked brownies, foot rubs, extended bubble-bath times, and all of that other good stuff. This is amazing and I’m way too selfish to make something so perfect for someone else, even if I love them to bits. Also, if it miraculously disappears, don’t look my way.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Love it! It’s a great coat. You should be proud of yourself!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - Fabulous! I am amazed at how great it looks on him and I know he is thrilled to own something so stylish, functional, and personally fits him. You are brave to tackle this but look at the results!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Wow, it will take me years and years to get to this level:) looks greatReplyCancel

  • Alison - This coat looks absolutely amazing. Beautiful construction! He’s a lucky guy.ReplyCancel

  • Foster - Your sewing skills are amazing. Yes, I tried to make a bathrobe for my husband when we were first married. I took my machine to work so he wouldn’t have a clue. I forgot to wash the terry cloth and, as you can imagine, it shrivled up in the wash. Ended up more like a Roman soldier outfit than a bathrobe!

    Off the subject, thanks for the pant fitting class. Making the pants is an after Christmas project as I, too, am trying to practice project monogamy!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Congratulations! A very successful outcome and a happy man too! My dearest has asked me to make him a tailored winter coat and although I’ve made shirts he likes to wear, a winter coat is something else for certain. He has a very athletic build from the back and a barrel chest up front. I guess I’m scared by the fitting challenges but, he loves clothes and he would love a made-by-me coat so I need to rise to the challenge. In the meantime, he’d be a little jealous of your guy!


  • Robyn - Awesome! Love the pops of purple and all the other special little details, this’ll be loved for years to comeReplyCancel

  • Milena - Standing applause Sunny!! I thing this means sewing graduation or something. Thats it.. You can throw your hat away. In Hebrew we say- kol ha kavod- RespectReplyCancel

  • Sarah - He doesn’t know it yet, but one of my boyfriend’s christmas presents is fabric and a negroni pattern, and the promise to make it up for him. I haven’t made anything for him (or any male person) before, or succeded in the collared shirt department, so it might be a very big learning curve, haha. I got him a few other things in case I botch the shirt, throw it in a corner, and never speak of it again 😉ReplyCancel

  • Maria - Congratulations! This is really impressive. And, if I may say so, your man looks really handsome.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Wow, this really is a work of art- it’s spectacular! Thank God he loves it 🙂 I’m not often inclined to make things for other people, only because I don’t feel that they really appreciate the work that goes into sewing something, but for him to be as thrilled with it as you must have made it all worth while 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ladykatza - That is a STUNNING coat! Oh my, but he does look dashing in it.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - It may be the hardest thing you’ve ever made Sunni, but it’s also the most special. Even from the photos out in the snow, you can see the exquisite workmanship that’s gone into this coat, it’s SUPERB. It suits your husband so perfectly too and looks very, VERY expensive. Fabulous work!! xReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Just wanted to say that is a GREAT coat.ReplyCancel

  • Marie F. - Just to say the coat look amazing! And you are amazing for persevering and finish it!ReplyCancel

  • Allynara - Wow, what a nice coat! And girl, you really got everything right. Even though it was hard for you with all the new techniques and stuff, you really pulled it off! And your husband looks stunning in it!ReplyCancel

  • chiara - WOW. I hope I will be able to do something like that one day!
    My husband says he does not want anything made (apart from a laptop cover) because he is still traumatised by the trousers his mother used to make him. But if I can show him something like this… well… ha may change his mind!
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget - Congrats and thanks for sharing. It looks wonderful! What’s the next project?ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Pom poms at the ready, I’m lining up on your cheer squad!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - It looks amazing! Well done! I know how much time and effort it must have taken but it really has paid off.ReplyCancel

  • Jo - Wowsers! I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said but it looks amazing. You must be so proud! Can I open up your brain and absorb all your smarts?? 😛
    What a lucky man 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Missy - It’s amazing! Such a handsome coat 🙂ReplyCancel

  • kathy - Not only is this an amazing hand sewn garment, I think it is the most handsome man’s coat I have ever seen. Love every detail; fabric choice, closures, pockets, hood, buttons. It’s all fabulous and looks incredible on your man. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Royer - Magnificent! Your talent never ceases to amaze me Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • abby - Wow! This coat is amazing! David says it looks very distinguished and I agree. It looks beautiful on him. Nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - I haven’t really made any clothing item for David, but I have come home and caught him in the dirty little act of hijacking my sewing machine for his own evil purposes….haha!ReplyCancel

  • Ariana - What a gorgeous coat, such great style and wonderful stitching. Congrats on a job well done.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Sunni, this is the BOMB! I am so impressed. No, I have never made anything like this for anyone. It’s very handsome, and your man must be thinking you are pretty great right about now.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - This was amazing already, but on the actual owner and muse, it really shines!! Your hubby looks absolutely smashing in his amazing coat, and the little pops of colour really make it special – wonderful, wonderful job! So inspiring!! ^__^ReplyCancel

  • Keriann - wow! it looks fantastic!!

  • Alaskapsych - Coat looks fantastic, Sunni! I have never sewn for my “current” man. My previous man received several lovely items from my sewing machine including many years of alterations. When he first started working, he was required to wear a tie to work. We were dirt poor and so I went to garage sales and purchased a bazillion extremely wide ties that had just gone out of fashion and narrowed them to the current fashion. He had the best tie wardrobe of any guy around!

    My husband, Walter, is a wonderful guy and I should sew for him. He’s a clothes horse and would love it. I’m just a little insecure about my sewing skills since I have only recently returned after about a 10 year hiatus.ReplyCancel

  • elise - The coat is very dapper,and looks well tailored and fits beautifully on your very fashionable husband.

    How wonderfully talented you are !

    Best Wishes for a lovely holiday to you and yours,

  • Houseofpinheiro - Is a amazing …. Well doneReplyCancel

  • SANDRA - I love the coat. What a great idea. I like the use of the throat guard too. It provides a little extra protection from the icy air.ReplyCancel

  • mrsmole - I am adding your blog for nomination for an award…here is a link from my blog to yours:
    I enjoy following your blog and wish you a very successful sewing year of 2013! Love your man’s coat!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Winningham - Wow! This looks fantastic. I love all the detail – it makes it look so “designer” Great job!!ReplyCancel

  • Annie Sharkey - Great looking coat – well done an heirloom piece!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - What an incredible coat with some amazing detail. That is something I would expect to see in a magazine. The colors, the stitch work and fabric are wonderfulReplyCancel

  • Teresa - I love this coat! It has such nice details. I found the book and see that the pattern sizes go up to a chest 41″. My husband has a 46″ chest. Do you think the patterns in this book could be graded to a 46″ chest easy enough?ReplyCancel