I made a coat!
Before Sew Mama Sew’s SOSM Round Five was announced, I saw that there was a pattern sale at JoAnn, and I tried to choose a small variety of different garments in an effort to “predict” what the final challenge would be. This pattern, Butterick 5685, was one of the ones I purchased. Yay!
Based on the past few Butterick patterns I’ve sewn, I decided to make one size smaller than my measurements would have indicated, and the fit was just right. The fabric is a red cotton twill from JoAnn (my only local fabric store that sells garment fabric…). It is called “Wrinkle Ease,” and maybe cotton twill is just naturally wrinkly already, but from my experience working with this particular fabric, I think it means “wrinkles easier!” As much as I pressed and steamed, I couldn’t get the panels as crisp as I’d like.
It was amazing how long it took me to cut out the pattern! So many pieces! But I love the princess seaming; it makes such a nice line in the finished garment. The collar is even larger than I expected, but I think it looks okay.
Surprise! The lining is a leopard print. I just can’t resist putting a fun lining inside garments. Why have a plain one when it can be animal print, haha?
I found some of the details of construction (according to the pattern instructions) to be challenging. I should have inserted the sleeves flat and then sewn up the side seams, but based on some of the later instructions, I didn’t realize that was possible until too late! Oh well. I also disregarded the awkward lining instructions and inserted the sleeve into the bodice lining itself.
I don’t have any detail shots right now because I finished this coat at the very last minute before daylight was gone, so my sweet Husband rushed outside with me to get the photos in this post.
I think this is going to be a great jacket for this fall!