Simplicity 8451: DIY Camel Wool Double Breasted Coat
Hope you are all doing fine. I have a bit of a backlog of things which I want to share before the end of the year so let’s just skip to the good bit, shall we?
We went down to London last month and I decided I wanted to make a new coat before we went. I wanted something not too heavy weight, and something that reflects my new found loves of neutral colours and midi lengths. Time was of the essence, so I decided to use a pattern I have made before: simplicity 8451, which you can see here, and pulled out a length of fine wool twill melton that I have had in my stash for almost two years, and originally purchased from Fabworks.
With some intense sewing I managed to get my coat finished before we went and am very happy with the end result. The wool is soft and, combined with the lining, surprisingly warm. It’s a classic that I love!
Please check my original post (see link above) on this pattern for initial alterations. On this version, I also did the following:
- 0.5 forward shoulder adjustment
- Lengthened coat by 7.5 inches
- Added a back vent
- I added a centre back seam to the back lining and omitted the pleat
- I did have to cut my upper collar on the cross grain due to fabric limitations. I checked my fabric first to ensure there wasn’t going to be any issues with nap .
You tried coat making yet? Coats are one of my favourite things to sew.
See you soon!