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Madd Plaider

The thing was my mom wanted a coat. She’s a true J. Peterman connoisseur and she saw the pics of my J. Peterman inspired Yona Wrap Coat and she was like, I gotta have one. And then there was the part where it was her birthday in September and well, this year is a special year for giving handmade gifts. When one has too much fabric to know what to do with, one starts giving it away in the form of actual garments. Even complex garments like a coat….

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from left to right: my sis (the prima donna who’s already birthed 3 kids and is still thin as a rail), me (the big crazy eyed one), my mom (the originator of my crazy, plaid lovin style).

And then I was talking to my mom on the phone and things like “well, do you think Abby (my sister) would like one?” and “well, you know, its just as easy to cut and make two as it is to make one” started flying out of my mouth like I knew what I was talking about. I had this picture perfect idea of me, my mom and my sis in picture perfect plaid coats in an actual picture. I was like, I gotta have that. There’s also nothing like a challenge to make me rise to the occasion. So I cut out these plaid coats for my mom and sis on a Wednesday or something and they were both finished by Tuesday night the next week. I was totally on fire. What can I say? Inspired doesn’t seem to cut it. I made it happen and I totally felt like a ninja. The point has come for me where I just need to sew and I need to sew like the wind. Let’s get this happening already!

My sister’s coat was made from a remnant we had at the store. It was this fleece backed wool blend. I lined it in the same kasha coat lining as found here and that stuff is wonderful (yes, please buy some – you know you need it :). Good gravy. I lined my coat in that too and seriously, there’s not much like it out there. My mom’s coat is made from this plaid (totally on sale and totally in the online store). It’s um, really scratchy. But that’s the thing, you know. Its a coat and you can’t feel the scratchy-ness through that kasha coat lining (my mom’s is lined in that too) and then I used velveteen for the collars on both coats so you know, we’re good on the scratchy wool front here.

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My mom and sis are completely in love with their coats. One word: epic. I absolutely can not believe that I was so……. unselfish. But I was and it did feel good. Ha ha! I made exact replica’s of my coat – as in fitting. I thought you might like to know that because this coat is very forgiving and my mom, sis and I really have very different figures, but this worked. We’re all roughly the same size but as with every other woman on the planet we couldn’t be more different. My mom is petite and has an ample bust and no hips where my sister and I are average height and have average bust sizes. My sister is more slender and lanky than me, but it is interesting to see how these all fit on us. Isn’t fitting the weirdest?

There you have it folks! Plaids for the whole family (well, the girls anyway)! Hurrah!

xx,
Sunni 

  • Sandra - They are amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tia Dia - What a fabulous trio of coats adorning an equally fabulous trio of ladies. Gorgeous, all!ReplyCancel

  • Faye Lewis - As if your coat hadn’t already made me sick, now you’ve gone and made two more. Triplets, you should be ashamed. I am in love I must admit. You’ve even got me wanting that fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Sunni,
    All these coats look fantastic. And suit each person fantastically. They are testament to the fact that different fabrics result in such different completed projects.
    Well done! Glad to hear you’re on fire!ReplyCancel

  • K-Line - These coats – and all of you – are totally gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - these coats are fantastic!! what an adorable trio you guys are. love this!ReplyCancel

  • liza jane - Holy cow! That’s fantastic. You all look amazing in your rad plaid jackets!ReplyCancel

  • Karen of Fifty Dresses - As one who loves coats, this post was a treat to read! Your coats and the ladies wearing them are perfectly matched, literally and figuratively!ReplyCancel

  • Judi Short - Fabulous job, dear Sunni!! I am so impressed that you could honker down and make these two in one week. I get interrupted and it takes weeks for one garment. You go girl!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Stop!!! I wanted one of these coats so badly after you posted the FIRST one, and now I’m green with envy! These are gorgeous and your family looks so cute in them!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - This is so brilliant, love them all! (…heads off immediately to buy plaid and Yona pattern)ReplyCancel

  • patsijean - How much does the front overlap? I have a large rust and turquoise plaid left over from the 80’s in my stash. This pattern just might be the thing. I love these coats!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Evie - These all look great! I really love the colors on your mom’s coat.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - These are so amazing and you all look so great! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Wow, again such amazing work! It’s really great to see this in three different fabrics. It ought to be easy to imagine after your first coat but somehow seeing how different, yet equally amazing, this looks in each fabric is very inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki H. - You are amazing! I think I like your coat the best of the three, but honestly is any plaid really BAD? of course not!ReplyCancel

  • Sally - This is so much fun! Love the plaid! Love the photos :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - They are all three beautiful (I am partial to that gorgeous purple) and I’m still crossing my fingers that you’ll do a coat sew-along! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • patsijean - A coat sew-along would be fun.ReplyCancel

  • Reana Louise - If you’re ever looking for another plaid loving sister, call me. I want in on these jackets and adorable photo shoots.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - I was really touched by these photos. You all look very close and the coats are gorgeous. Love the autumn leaves, boots and the heart inscribed on the tree.ReplyCancel

  • Alessa - You’re obviously the best sister and daughter, ever! :) You three look great in your matching coats.ReplyCancel

  • Juju Gago - awesome!!! all three look perfect.
    and these are the best pictures!!ReplyCancel

  • justine - Totally fabulous as always! You’re the coat queen!ReplyCancel

  • Cathryn - The coats are just incredibly beautiful. Pleeeeeeeeese (my best whiney voice) do a sewalong!ReplyCancel

  • Fabric Shopping in London: Raystitch - […] been lusting after this coat pattern since seeing in on Sunni’s blog¬†(and then she made her Mom and sister coats too!), but I noticed that it is rated Advanced so I’m a little nervous about it now. But how cool […]ReplyCancel

That Touch of….. Fleece!

First things first. I have an update for you about the September Soiree from last Thursday’s post. It was FABULOUS! We had a wonderful turnout, the shop was packed and we cut fabric like fiends. It was so much fun. Thank you everyone who came and all of the good vibes that I know were out and about that night. We felt them! Yay! Oh, and here’s that cookie recipe and I’ll work on getting some panoramic photos posted of my shop for my next shopkeeper’s journal report.

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Now onto the pressing item of business that is this sweater that I whipped out over the weekend. OK, actually to say whipped out is a pretty strong word since I’ve been down flat with the flu ilk. When you’re in business for yourself, I have to say that getting sick is not really optional. Ha ha! And you think I kid! I’ve been pumping some serious vitamins and telling myself over and over that I’m going to be OK enough to work, but alas, this week that rotten little bug got the better of me. So I finally had to give in and let myself have a few days rest. Doing much better now, thank you very much – though I sound worse!

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Anyway, now that we’ve taken that field trip, let’s discuss my top. Oh my goodness! This is a Skippy. Toni from Make it Perfect emailed me a little over a month ago and asked if I would be willing to participate in a blog tour for her new pattern. As she was so complimentary about being a fan of my blog, how could I refuse? An introduction that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship, or something to that effect. Oscar Wilde anyone? So Toni sent me Skippy and made me promise to post a creation by the end of September. Ah, procrastination + sick ilk, I love you so! As you see its now October. I may always be late, but I’m worth the wait (wink, wink). And yes, my dry wit has gone up a notch with the comin and goin of this here flu bug.

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I had splurged on this piece of organic cotton fleece from Fabric Worm. They carry this Birch Organic cotton fleece and I’ve been contemplating some for my store. This stuff is fairly expensive being a whopping $26/yard (though its on sale now!) and I’m not sure I’m ready to invest in it quite yet. There’s so many factors to consider when thinking about purchasing fabric for my store! Sigh. But I’ll have you know that this fleece is lovely. Really really. Now, if you’re thinking fleece, I have to say I always think about the mountains that they seem to have at Hancock Fabrics these days. Wow. That’s a lot of fleece. Polyester fleece. This is not that. This is the fleece that your 30 year old (favorite) sweatshirt used to be made out of minus the organic part, of course. It’s extra plush and I’m a personal fan of the earthy colors they’ve got going on. Lovely textile.

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I had a hard time thinking about what to do for Skippy. I contemplated the dress for a bit, but then my heart really wanted a nice cozy top. Then I spotted this fleece taking up way too much room in the stash and knew it had to be done. I was distraught about what to do to spice up this mushroom brown color though. I mean, talk about boring. The color is lovely, but come on! We need some pop here. Then I remembered scheming with my sewing cohort Juliette about a Garnet Hill sweater that she was bent on recreating. She made her version here and I knew that I had to make one too! This is the same lace that Juliette used and its from my store. It’s a nice, washable cotton lace. Makes a great textural statement on this sweater, dontcha think? And it adds a little sophistication to something that could have turned out particularly drab, sad and overly prone to be overlooked and never worn. To say that I’m a little more than pleased with this lovely make would put it mildly (I’ve worn it for the past three days to prove it too!). Loving the end result! Yay!

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I made some alterations for Skippy to make it workable with this fleece. Thing with fleece is that while it has some stretch, it doesn’t have the same as a jersey knit. So I made a size larger than what my measurements said and then I made it a little boxier too. I used a different sleeve pattern (from my favorite tee pattern) so that I didn’t have to de-puff the cap. With the fleece, I think this was a good option as I look rather ridiculous in puff sleeves, but with thick puffy sleeves that could have gone bad real fast. Other than that, nothing else was altered. Next time around I’m considering deepening the armhole just because it was a little snug in the fleece. Would work just fine in a jersey though, so that’s something to think about if you make one.

Well! That wraps up my straggling September. So excited for October I’m pinching myself just to make sure that its really here. Yay! Are you ready for sweater weather? Give Skippy a try! One has the almost insatiable desire to “skip” whilst wearing it.

Sunni

  • Margo - Nice! Yup. And worth the wait. I love mixing lace with fleece, very on trend right now.ReplyCancel

  • Reana Louise - I think I need a lace, fleece jumper in my life! I have been travelling and haven’t had a chance to comment on any blogs (commenting through blogreader on my phone? Fuggedaboutit), but now that I have the chance I just wanted to say: WELCOME BACK! Totally unrequested 2c chime in, but I love hearing about your shop, I love that you can share it here, and I love seeing your beautiful face (and pixie cut) on my screen again xoxReplyCancel

  • Gail - Lace over fleece adds class!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - What a great combo! I love the colour and the lace just takes the whole thing up a notch. I love it!
    Hope your flu goes away fast!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth - Sunni, I just want to say that I am so glad you are blogging again!! I always enjoy your posts and I am glad you are feeling better and are enjoying this again. Also, this sweatshirt is really cute! I think the lace is a really fun touch.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa in Port Hope - I want one! Comfy fleece, dressed up with lace. So nice that its a bit more fitted. and the tighter sleeve is perfect too. Congrats on the success of your store.ReplyCancel

  • Seamsoddlouise - I don’t think I have ever seen a sweatshirt I wanted more. This is beautiful. I want one!ReplyCancel

  • Juju - I reaaaally like this. looks so comfy, cozy and cute.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekka - Your shop looks so cute!!!!ReplyCancel

Party Prep

This week has been a bit of a wash. Busy, you know. Tonight we’re have a party at my store. The September Soiree. I know. I come up with these names only because I can. In real life, I’m not the most serious person and I get a hell of a lot of silliness from both sides of my family’s fence. Tonight is kind of about that. You know, just having fun. Having a lark. Living it up.

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Last night I made homemade pumpkin cookies with browned butter frosting just for the September Soiree. This brings up an interesting thing actually. The mister and I went to a theater production just this week and while the production was fabulous and funny, the cookies we had for a treat just before the play began were more than disappointing. The mister noted that we were probably one of the only couples from our age group attending. There were students in their early 20s and then there were the more mature crowd who looked to be in their 60s. And then there was us in our dirty 30s. Why is this? I’ll tell you one thing – those cookies weren’t bringing anybody in, that’s for sure. Needless to say, these pumpkin cookies are thrillingly good. If there’s one thing I know how to do, its a damn fine treat. I come from treat people. We make and eat treats, treats and more treats. These pumpkin cookies are only made with the real stuff. Naturally fat free, of course (you just need to laugh a lot whilst consuming them for the fat to be burned off before you even have time to metabolize them).

The store is looking pretty awesome, if I do say so myself and I do because I’ve put a lot of time into it. It’s chucked full of good things tonight, the cookies being not the least of it. We’re having a special sale and well, I’ll be cutting fabric as will one of my wonderful ladies and my handsome mister will be ringing people up. There will be music, laughing, fun, scheming, excitement, measuring, fabric buying therapy binge (surely, I can’t be the only one that does this, right?), cookies, chatting, “Does this color look good on me?” and well, all that malarky. You know, the stuff that makes the world go round.

Just thought I would give you a snapshot of the fabric store party of the century. Totally wish you were all here, if only to have a cookie.

  • Becky - I wish I could be there, too! I am sure I would buy waaay too much fabric. Eat a cookie for me!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - Just one question… Do we get the pumpkin cookie recipe? :-)ReplyCancel

    • Jane - My thought exactly!

      Hope the party goes well, wish I could come but it’s a bit far from LondonReplyCancel

  • Heather - Yum! Wish I could be there to eat cookies and participate in the malarky!ReplyCancel

  • BeckyLeeSews - OK Sunni – I’m going to put it out there right off. This is probably the WORST blog post you’ve ever done for 2 reasons:

    1) You say the store looks great but no photo and;
    2) RECIPE PLEASE!!

    Those cookies look amazing and I’d love to take them to work! You tease and tease about how delish they are, perfect for Fall and all, and then poof! You leave us hanging!

    Sadly disappointed girl. ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Your store did not disappoint! Elegant fabrics and beautifully decorated in true “Sunni” fashion:) I was more than proud of you and it was amazing to see you in your element doing little of what you do! You spill over with talent and quietly maintain a humbleness that is not justified. What a great night for you, Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - OK it’s not really fair to show off your yummy cookies and then not give us the recipe LOL. I would SO attend your soiree if I wasn’t on the West Coast of Canada but I would take a pumpkin cookie recipe as solace any day ^__^ReplyCancel

  • maddie - I saw these on instagram. They looked soooo good!ReplyCancel

  • Judi Short - It was a fabulous party! And fabulous cookies! And Fabulous Fabric! A good time was had by all!ReplyCancel

  • Juliana - wish I could be there too, for all of it. It’s going to be a sucess, for sure! Have fun(and get a little more rich, I hope!)ReplyCancel

  • That Touch of….. Fleece! » A Fashionable Stitch - […] things first. I have an update for you about the September Soiree from last Thursday’s post. It was FABULOUS! We had a wonderful turnout, the shop was packed and we cut fabric like fiends. It […]ReplyCancel

Shopkeeper’s Journal volume I

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I don’t know that this will be like the behind the scenes of other people’s businesses, but for me, I’m going to start giving you some of the behind the scenes from a fairly personal perspective. My perspective. This remains to be seen if this is really a good idea, but as with a lot of things in life, we try something and analyze our mistakes and then from there get better. My first behind the scenes snapshot back in December/January had some rather dramatic repercussions. Sigh…. Oh the drama! Sometimes my inner drama queen really likes to play up the drama. Having been a shopowner for several months now, I’m here to say that the drama queen has definitely been humbled. He he.

“You’re sewing again.” A friend brought this up to me earlier this week. It’s true. I’m sewing again and hopefully this gives you an idea of how things have been for the past several months (busy, in a word). Maybe I should state for the record that I’m inspired again. This translates into sewing things that work again. I have sewn a few things over the past few months, but to say that they really worked….meh. The Yona Coat was probably the first thing in a long time that I’ve sewn that I felt really really good about. Before we start getting too serious and melancholy, let’s just say that awesome stuff is on the horizon. That feels good enough to be inspired by and good enough to sew for. Ha ha! Yay!

My quaint little brick and mortar has changed rather dramatically over the past several months too. For the most part I’m working full-time in the shop. This is good. This is very good. One thing that was getting to be more and more obnoxious was trying to juggle schedules for individuals who wanted to work in the store with things I needed to get done while I was at the store. So it was much easier for now to work full time in the store and voila! Things about the shop and for the shop started getting accomplished at a much faster pace. And its been very good for me because I really needed to sense the heartbeat of my store on a much more intimate level. Running around like a chicken with my head cut off wasn’t allowing me to do that.

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Autumn has officially arrived at A Fashionable Stitch and it was time to change up the decor. Pulling out old fall outfits and putting them up in the store to inspire actually ended up inspiring me. Oh how I love Fall! Its such a magical time of year! Decorating your own shop – on a very very tight budget, oh wait! there is no budget! – is really really fun. I’m always up for a challenge like this and so its been fun to start revamping the store for fall. I’ve also had to get creative for things that I’ve really wanted and don’t have the funds for. I’ve wanted fabric signage for such a long time. And then boom! One day it hit me like a ton of bricks that hey, get some paper, fabric and a fabric bolt and there you go. Instant signs! Yay!

Among many other things this year, I had to become an instant gardener for the flower garden in the front of the store. I have to say people, though I like gardening, I am so over taking care of this! Ugh! In fact, I’m just about to go out and weed and water today (not that this has helped my poor dead zinnias). Much rather be taking care of something inside the store.

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Speaking of. This is a fabric hoarder’s dream….. Shipments of fresh fabric just arrived!

Best Weekend Wishes!
Sunni

  • shanniloves - Looking forward to these posts. Very inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Amy W - I love reading behind the scenes! It’s always an interesting look at how someone runs their business.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - I think these posts will be fascinating! And, yes, there will probably be some drama, but we just move along over that, ok?ReplyCancel

  • Mary - This is so much fun to read!

    If we had an indie fabric store nearby (and we don’t), I would want a gift certificate for Christmas. If one were available, I would make sure DH knew about it (it would make his life easier too). Maybe I’m nuts, but I think this is something any woman who sews would enjoy receiving.

    I’m sure it’s already on your list for the next holiday season but I thought I’d mention it after peeking at your last “behind the scenes” post.

    Your store looks like fun! I wish our travels took us to your neck of the woods because I’d love to visit!ReplyCancel

  • AliceF - I can already tell that I love this new series of posts ! I love reading behind the scene posts, they are very instructive and they make you see the not-so-shiny side of things as well. I am already looking forward to the next posts !ReplyCancel

  • LinB - Why not fabric flowers for the store garden? They don’t need to be watered, you can change them for the seasons whenever you like, and they don’t have to be realistic copies of the real thing. Just a passing thought, to give you yet one more task in your busy life, lol.ReplyCancel

  • Tasia - I love that you’re sewing again! Your coat is beautiful. It’s important to enjoy some personal sewing among all the shop work. I also find it hard to fit in sewing for pleasure, but feel good when I do!
    I enjoyed your first behind the scenes post earlier this year as well as this one. Probably because I’m just curious as a business owner myself! :) And I like hearing about a totally different type of business and how it works, the ups and downs, the things you have to consider that don’t occur to me like decorating for the holidays. Best of luck with everything!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - The shop looks amazing. I love your signage & the vintage-style Halloween decoration too.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - Hi Sunni, I will certainly be following these posts with great interest! I am pretty sure I commented on your last post, my business partner and I started our own fabric shop (on the other side of the world to you) 18 months ago. It’s just us, no staff, but we keep our hours manageable (W-F 10-4 & sat 12-4) and for the most part customers are very understanding of that. I’m glad you’re enjoying being in the shop – we do it out of necessity but also because we love it and want to be there to experience it all and be in touch with what our customers need. We also have a little flower garden in front but luckily it’s teeny and we planted it low-maintenance with geraniums and some hardy grasses. We still don’t know if the shop is going to be a viable financial thing in the long term but we’re encouraged enough (and having enough fun) to keep on keeping on. And hey – fabric!! Wishing you well :)ReplyCancel

  • maddie - I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling inspired to sew. Isn’t that the best feeling. I hope you know that you’re inspiring many people with your sewing shop, me included.ReplyCancel

  • Tilly - Great to hear things are settling down and that you’re sewing again, Sunni – yay! I love reading these kinds of posts (go small business ladies, woop!). xxReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Great work, Sunni! The shop looks great and I love the fabric bolt sign idea. It’s the little things like that that adds lots of character. And I always thought it’d be fun to have a store so I could put up holiday displays.ReplyCancel

  • Margo - I just listened to your podcast with Corrine yesterday and loved it! Glad to hear that you are inspired to sew again and love the signs you made for the store. So cute and perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Juju Gago - I’m glad you are again doubt a behind the scenes post!
    Your shop is adorable! I would love to be able to go in person!
    Lack of time is a problem even for us mere mortals, you know?! I have been trying to figure it out, too. But it seems you are doing great!
    Besides poor zinnias.
    All the best!ReplyCancel

I’m looking at you, J. Peterman

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Marlene Dietrich, here I come. The best complement to this coat would be a stunning pair of leather gloves, a shot of cognac and a cigar. Puff, puff. Keeping warm on those unusually crisp fall outings never looked quite so chic. Who said plaid was only for lumberjacks?
Pattern: Yona Wrap Coat by Named
Made in the U.S.A by the one and only Sunni Standing with fabric especial from A Fashionable Stitch – 100% wool plaid coating (with plaids impeccably matched, of course), Lined in flannel backed acetate Kasha coat lining. Collared in a sultry soft cotton velveteen.
No expense was spared in the making of this luxurious coat. What Sunni wants, Sunni gets.
Price: priceless

I was thinking about making myself a coat this year. I mean, I think about making myself a lot of things every year (who doesn’t) but you know, life happens. You get sucked into a vortex of so many things you want to make and you absurdly think that you can until you actually start making something and you realize that you don’t have time to make all the things. It’s a weird phenomenon and I often wonder whether the same thing happens to all of you. In my head I have a smashing line-up of fall outfits to crank out. In reality, I have an alarmingly small amount of time to crank them out. Goodness, at least this coat got done.

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I did decide on getting this coat done. I was determined! I have a plentiful amount of fabric in my personal stash, but low and behold, I had been eyeing this particular plaid coating for what seemed like an eternity from my shop. It’s so weird, by the way, to still want fabric even though I have a shop full of it. Anyway, when the new Named Fall patterns made their debut, I was all over this coat like white on rice. For the most part, it had everything I wanted.

For the most part. When we’re talking coats and jackets, of which I’m a particular connoisseur if I do say so myself, there are so many elements that I am fairly particular about. Let’s take the issue of pockets for a minute. You know, patch pockets are fine, but I had no intention of patch pocketing this coat. In coats, I’m particularly keen on pockets that are easy to sink my hands into and keep my hands warm. There is nothing like a welt pocket for this job in my very humble opinion. Coat pockets, for me, have got to be easy to put my hands in. I am so over awkward coat pockets! Are you with me here? Suffice it to say, I drafted my own welt pocket for this coat and if I do say so myself, its one perfectly placed welt pocket. Look at that sinking action! Yes!

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I also drafted a new lining pattern for Yona. I took the time to actually trace off the coat’s original lining pattern and then I made sure to check all of it against the outer shell pattern and such. Hmmm… There were a few things I didn’t care for and a few things I thought might become problems so I just decided to draft my own lining and then that way, all would work. Which it did, beautifully. I also traded in the under collar for a bias cut, seam down the center version. Something you would find in the Tailoring book. I felt it would help with the bulk issue considering this fabric was a nice thick heavy wool coating. Other than these few quirks, the pattern for the outer shell was lovely. We got along great. I made but one fitting change and that was to add some width for my hips. Cut my fabric out and bam, I sewed a coat for myself.

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Of course, I have to talk about the fabric. It’s from my shop. This was a plaid wool coating that we’d had lying about for a bit. It’s rather thick and heavy – perfect for a coat and the plaids were uneven (meaning they weren’t perfect squares). Because the plaid is uneven or unbalanced, the plaid on the sleeve is only matched using the dominant plaid (and only in one direction) which is that grey stripey bit. People, I could do some serious workshopping on plaids. I love them. It’s weird that the challenge is so satisfying to me. Oh my gosh! I’m a nerd! And by the way, if you’re looking for this product in my shop, hold your horses a bit while we get all the wool coating options uploaded. We’re working like mad men on it. Plus we’ll get the Kasha coat linings up and ready for purchase in the online store too. We’re almost there actually. Yay!

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Well people, I’m seriously considering a sewalong for this coat. It’s crazy because when I’ve done sewalongs in the past I feel crazy, but I think its time to do another one anyway. Who would be on board? Would anyone want to do a sewalong for this coat? Isn’t it high time I did another sewalong? I believe it is.

And just in case you didn’t catch my J. Peterman lingo, its one of the most fantastic catalogs to peruse if only for the rather cheeky descriptions of the merchandise. If only I had a gift for such malarky. If only.

Bring on the crisp fall weather!
Sunni

  • Nancy N - WOWZER! You know if its plaid it must be Sunni, and this one is one heck of a plaid! I love your choice of fabric and pattern, and the bias sleeve seam is soooo pretty! I agree with you about all the structural details, too–welt pockets, and especially the bias under collar with seam–much the best choice for shape-ability! It’s been a while since I made an overcoat, but I wish I’d used the velvet top collar idea. So nice to NOT have wool if your neck is bare!
    No time for sewing tutorials, unfortunately, but I bet there are lots of sewists out there who would join up.
    NICE JOB!!!!
    Love your blog,
    Nancy NReplyCancel

  • Margaret - I totally got the J.Peterman thing and it made me giggle. Your coat is fantastic! I’ve been meaning to make myself a coat for years, especially with the petite stature/wide hip issues. But I sure haven’t. I love that you did, though! Did you find that you needed to make any adjustments to that curved raglan shoulder?ReplyCancel

  • Nakisha - Sooooo do you want to come to my house and help me match plaids or no? :)

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • justine - She sat in the caf√© on the Left Bank. Remembering that day long ago when they sat there together laughing in the rain. Before Africa.Before everything happened….. and she snuggled into THAT coat.LOVE those catalogs. And your gorgeous coat!ReplyCancel

  • Ani - I would totally be up for a sewalong! I’m scared to do coats, but god…do I need a new coat.ReplyCancel

  • Uta - Great job, Sunni. You make the best special-yet-wearable garments. I’m getting my nerve up to start on a coat myself, but so far I’ve jinxed myself with every single sewalong I’ve taken part in. Don’t let that keep you, I know you’d do a stellar job :-) ! P.S. Happy to hear your shop is going strong!ReplyCancel

  • Karen of Fifty Dresses - This is a coat you will wear again and again! It is casual with a very chic vibe. I have a real weakness for coats, and will never be able to make up all the coat patterns I have in my collection. But knowing that won’t keep me from trying!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Love this! I downloaded it, but I’m trying to figure out if I can correctly match the fabric I chose (it has a very wide stripe and I feel pretty stressed about matching raglan sleeves!).ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Yep, I too suffer from the delusion that I have oodles of time to make all the things and then inevitably become quite surprised when I realize I do not LOL. I think I forget to take into consideration how much time the PREP work takes: tracing, fitting, muslins, etc. LOL.

    Your coat is awesome – if one was going to get even one thing sewn for fall, a coat is a stellar choice!! Love the plaid – it suits you :)

    Oh, and J. Peterman will always make me think of Seinfeld – I still love that show LOLReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I love this coat! I maybe, could get on board with a sewalong! I need a coat like this in my closet.ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - Can’t beat making a coat, even if all the other plans fall through at least you’ve got something to cover up with and feel good. It looks amazing in plaid, I love the raglan sleeves and shoulder shaping. I made their Andy coat from last year (which does have welt pockets and nice instructions, too) so coat isn’t on my list this year, but I’d definitely be up for reading construction details if you did a sew along.ReplyCancel

  • Houseofpinheiro - This is perfection. Oh I’m just printing my pattern. Sewalong would be amazing…ReplyCancel

  • Juliana - beautiful!!
    (I’d join a sew along, totally!)
    plaids matched to perfection. gorgeous! that collar is just… just… wow!
    I loved this!ReplyCancel

  • Tasia - Love this! I love plaids especially on coats. It’s gorgeous! You did a beautiful job with the plaid matching and all of the detail work.
    Kasha lining is my go-to for fall and winter coats too. It’s pretty much the only kind I use if it’s not a summer coat!ReplyCancel

  • Faye Lewis - Now that coat is gorgeous, especially paired with that little red pixie cut. Love it in that plaid.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - sewalong, PLZ!!! I’ve been wanting to try making this coat but I’m new to sewing coats, so have had trepidation. A sewalong would be the kick in the pants that I need!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Beautiful coat! The fabric is gorgeous and the velveteeen collar is a very nice touch. I just made a wrap coat so I won’t be sewing along but I’d still love to watch along as you make a coat :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Fabric Tragic - It’s fabulous and I’m mighty impressed by the check matching! How hilarious about J Peterman – I thought it was an obscure Seinfeld reference – I can’t believe they really exist!ReplyCancel

  • Stella - I have a super plaid I didn’t know what to do with – I do now! Sewalong please!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - Sewalong please. I want that coat with those pockets and collar details.ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - this coat look AMAZING! you are definitely the queen of plaid. i especially love the velvet collar, such a great touch. nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • Diana - YES PLEASE DO A SEWALONG!

    I LOVE this pattern and was considering it, but as an advanced beginner am a bit scared of coats. If nothing else it would be a GREAT resource for coat-making techniques, especially drafting your own lining (what?!) and whatnot.ReplyCancel

  • Sallie - Oh Sunni! It’s gorgeous!! Just breathtaking!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie - Please please PLEASE do a sewalong! I want to know your secrets.ReplyCancel

  • Shopkeeper’s Journal volume I » A Fashionable Stitch - […] have sewn a few things over the past few months, but to say that they really worked….meh. The Yona Coat was probably the first thing in a long time that I’ve sewn that I felt really really good […]ReplyCancel

  • krystina - This coat is amazing! Great work! I wouldn’t have time to do a sew along, but I love watching you do them because of the great tailoring tips you give!ReplyCancel

  • maia - I just finished Nameds Mai zip jacket (perfect fit for me and good instructions) and now I want to do this one as well! So I’m totally upp for a sew along. Did you shorten the coat anything? I Thought it was a bit longerReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Fabulous coat! Would love to know your tricks!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Please do a sew-a-long! I want to make a coat, but I’ve never attempted something this advanced before, so a sew-a-long would make it possible for me. I learn so much from sew-a-longs.ReplyCancel

  • Judi Short - Fabulous coat, Sunni! I hope next time I am in the shop I will find it hanging up for closer inspection. Love the lining, too! And a great way to match uneven plaids, I usually stay away from them.ReplyCancel

    • Judi Short - OK, ladies, I have now been to the physical storefront and fingered the actual plaid jacket, and it is fabulous!! A sewalong would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Your coat is absolutely stunning! A handmade coat can sometimes toe that thin line between looking handmade or looking like a bespoke tailor in Italy had a hand in its making. Yours certainly toes the Italian side of that line!ReplyCancel

  • Nat @ Made in Home - It is an amazing coat! I love the detailing at the back. A sew along would be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Tiens-moi au chaud | c'est qui qui coud? - […] de chez Named. J’ai d√©j√† deux patrons dans ma patronth√®que¬† et depuis que j’ai vu cette version du Yona wrap coat, je suis encore plus […]ReplyCancel

  • qui coud - A sew-along? Yeah!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Seeing as I hope to make a couple of coats this fall, I would love a coat sewalong and appreciate your experience/expertise in this area of sewing!ReplyCancel

  • Faye Lewis - I LOVE your coat. Is the fabric sold out?ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Seriously stylish and I love the brave blue shoes!ReplyCancel

  • charlene - Hi Sunni,

    I absolutely love this coat and thing a sewalong is a wonderful idea.

    Beautiful job.

    CharleneReplyCancel

  • Carla - This is lovely! I wasn’t sure if I liked this pattern that much at first, but after seeing your version I just have to make one! I live in the Bay Area so I haven’t thought much about sewing jackets (it was 96 degrees here yesterday!) but I’m thinking if I start thinking about it now I can hope to have one done by January (ha!).

    I would love it if you did a sew-along. And also if you were to do some type of workshop with plaids. I love a challenge!

    Keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Sunni, this coat is gorgeous! That plaid is to die for. I used to collect those J. Peterman catalogs because I LOVED their descriptions. Is it still around?ReplyCancel

  • Madd Plaider » A Fashionable Stitch - […] was my mom wanted a coat. She’s a true J. Peterman connoisseur and she saw the pics of my J. Peterman inspired Yona Wrap Coat and she was like, I gotta have one. And then there was the part where it was her birthday in […]ReplyCancel