During Wales’ half term in February, the weather was so nice (23degrees on one day!) that I thought my hopes of being able to squeeze in making this coat were over as I was walking around in a t shirt it was so warm. Well the good old British weather must have heard my plight because last weekends weather was horrendous enough to justify making a gorgeous wool blend shawl collar wrap coat. I woke up to snow followed by torrential rain then giant hail stones.
I’ve wanted a wrap coat for ages and decided that putting my own stamp on Simplicity 1067 was going to give me I was after. I got it from jaycotts in a half price sale. Originally I was going to try a similar pattern from Lekala but preferred the Simplicity adaptability and instructions. They’re a bit too brief from Lekala!
I used our gorgeous MONOCHROME HERRINGBONE WOOL BLEND fabric that really was lovely to sew with. It hardly frayed although I thought it may, stay stitching helped it keep it’s shape whilst handling and was really malleable for the princess seams.
I cut out the pattern pieces on the Saturday night and whilst everyone was having a lie in on the Sunday morning I started a bit of the sewing before stopping for breakfast with the family. I made some modifications with this pattern to better suit my style and needs. I didn’t fold over the top of the pockets to form the top hem. Instead I lined them with a piece of our premium dress wear poly in black that I will be adding to the website soon. This meant that it made my pockets a little deeper (they are huge pockets, I love them) and also being lined means that my keys won’t find their way through the weave of the wool! I also reduced the curve of the shawl collar as it was far too big for my liking. I also added a satin lining using the existing pattern pieces as templates, I just omitted the shawl part and it fitted really well. I can’t get to grips with unlined anything unless I’m wearing bare arms.
This pattern really is a great investment as their are so many options of how much it can be amended and as it’s on sale at the moment, it would be a great time to buy.
If I had to do this again what would I do differently and why:
- Make loads of them! The collar is so adapatable I will have a go at changing the shawl collar to a tradition pointed collar, adapt it to make a similar one like Ted Bakers Sandra coat from last season (I loved that coat)
- Make different coloured ones (pink like Teds Sandra one as previously mentioned) I also would like to make one in our fawn baby boucle.
- Again if its an open weave style wool, line the pockets so they are more durable.
I really enjoyed making this coat and I’m looking forward to making a few more!