17.9.09

a new coat


I finished my Built By You coat yesterday! I bought the wool about a year ago, but was too intimidated to make it then. I needed a new winter coat at the time, but wound up finding a cute, black, trapeze-style one on sale, and it served me well all winter. I intend to use that coat again, so when I decided to pull out this pattern recently, I chose the view with the short sleeves. It can be a late fall coat.


I am happy with it, although (of course!) there are many little mistakes. I used black satin for the lining and didn't do the best job of hemming it evenly. I also put the buttons on the wrong side, on purpose. The pattern itself didn't give me any major trouble. I wasn't too concerned about fit (the thing is completely shapeless, and that's the point), but I did chop off about seven inches around the bottom and three or four inches off the sleeves, because I suspect these Built By You patterns are graded for people who are very, very tall. Oh, I did have one issue: the collar seemed to be short and didn't line up at the centre front as I wanted it to. This did create a problem because after trying to line them up, I am now convinced the centre fronts are now completely crooked. I'm going to overlook it, because whatever! I made a coat!

In all, I think it took me about five or six evenings to make.



Oh hi I am the worst "model" ever
(these pictures were taken in a rush before I ran off, late, to work)

Making this would have been very difficult without my new-to-me sewing machine. Although I'd had my heart set on a Bernina, I recently bought a secondhand Husqvarna. It was a good investment, I think: I made this coat without a single broken needle.

38 comments:

  1. Wow, how gorgeous! I'm so impressed you made that!

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  2. Holy crap I can't believe you made that!! I want one just like it!

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  3. It's beautiful! Great job, Anabela!

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  4. This is so impressive - and you're a beautiful model!

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  5. beautiful! is that amazing wallpaper in the background hanging in your home? I love it!!

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  6. Looks fantastic! And it is super cute on you :)

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  7. awesome! i'm so impressed that you made a coat! it looks great!

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  8. I love the coat! Especially the collar and sleeves.

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  9. crap, I wish I had your skills! the coat turned out absolutely darling. :)

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  10. ah-mazing. way to go, it looks great!

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  11. wow. wow. wow. it looks incredible. i am so impressed with this! and it's totally your style too. how perfect is that? nice work, you.

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  12. you did a wonderful job on the coat, i'm so jealous of your skills!

    your wallpaper is super beautiful, too. you have great taste.

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  13. Really impressive!

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  14. wow!
    p.s. you are an adorable model!

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  15. you should be so very proud of your talents & what a fantastic coat!
    & there's no way you could be the worst model ever, thats crazy talk, you look lovely.
    ps. i wish i had half of your talents, i jsut spent 25$ at a seamstress just to shorten two mere straps on a dress, ugh...

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  16. clever, clever, clever!

    the wallpaper behind you is so elegant. i would feel lucky to have that upon my walls.

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  17. Whoa dude, it turned out so awesome!! Can't wait to see it in person.

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  18. Wow! Super impressive!

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  19. um, wow! just wow. it looks incredible. wish i had a coat like that!

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  20. Say whaaat? Your coat, your wallpaper, everything. Perfection. Great job. I'm truly inspired to start sewing!

    www.katelindello.blogspot.com

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  21. Um, hi, cutest model of all time!
    If you get yourself a pair of over-the-elbow gloves or mitts you can rock this into November!

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  22. you can never go wrong with a husqvarna.
    you are so inspiring anabela.

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  23. Nice job!! A coat is soo hard!!

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  24. YAY! It looks fantastic, well done you! Coats and thick fabrics are hard.

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  25. I LOVE it! I'm so impressed that you made a whole coat! I want to, but it definitely terrifies me a little bit. You look fantastic!

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  26. It looks totally amazing, I love the buttons!

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  27. turned out great!! gosh i hate breaking needles - so glad you got through the coat without doing that :) love it with the red skirt!

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  28. oh wow. super wonderful anabela!

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  29. It's incredible! I love the high collar + sleeves, and it looks so warm and toasty! Great job!

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  30. so so cute! what a clever lady x

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  31. anabela, this looks so good on you. I can't believe you made it. It looks pro!

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  32. Wow, thank you all SO MUCH!! xoxo

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  33. love it!! and vikings are the best! i have one too and it's been good to me all the years i've owned it. happy sewing!

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  34. OMG I cant believe you made a coat! Wowey I am so impressed - go you it look great!x

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  35. I love it! Definitely time to overlook the mistakes and just be proud of yourself! It looks fabulous on you.

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  36. in spite of all the little mistakes you list, i love this coat! i love that you customized the pattern to make it your own and played around with the buttons. and i am seriously crushing on your wallpaper :D

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  37. What genius! How talented you are + how chic is that outfit? Love the red skirt too.

    Cheers.

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