I was probably watching too much Scandal or something back in the late summer/early fall, because I had it in my head that I wanted a massive coat with massive lapels and no closures.
So I made this ginormous wrap coat.
This was a project that captured my imagination on like a Sunday night, reached fever contemplating-pitch on a Monday, and — left unsupervised by a husband who works nights — I ended up cutting it out and sewing it with two nights left before a week of travel for work.
In my defense, it is called ‘VERY EASY VOGUE’, and in Vogue’s defense, that label’s pretty appropriate. But for my sanity I’m trying to stay focused on less feverish sewing at the moment.
On to the pattern:
I’ve seen this called a [Dad, stop reading] vagina coat. I mean, maybe. If you get creative and also squint really hard with this photo?
No one should wear it like that. Unless unexpected rain.
I actually think it’s a decent pattern. Not in the XTREME SEWING TAILORING SKILLS way, but the thing’s got nice style lines that are good-looking but not totally common. For this version, I was mostly getting my inspiration off of homegirl pixie cut (yet again) in this drawing: I made View C, which is fully lined and has in-seam pockets instead of patch pockets.
Here’s what’s awesome about the pattern:
1. Ginormous collar that looks awesome. And can serve as vagina hood [sorry Dad] if you get caught in the rain unexpectedly.
2. Ginormous collar helps keep your back warm.
3. 5/6ths sleeves that sort of give you venting that you sometimes need when walking fast in the city in the cold.
4. It’s actually pretty easy.
Mostly a tip here: It takes up less fabric than the pattern envelope says. I squeezed mine out of 3 yards of napped 60″ fabric and still had enough for the belt. The envelope says you need 4 and 1/8 yards. Lies.
Also, it does not come with a sash, but you’ll want one for cold/windy days.
To be fair to anyone thinking of sewing it, it kind of hangs like this on its own sans sash if you aren’t careful:
Here’s what I wish I’d done differently:
1. I underlined it, but I made this back in September when I was still mostly terrified of interfacing. Instead, I used silk organza as an underlining. While the silk organza wasn’t a mistake necessarily, I think the lighter-than-melton wool needed somewhat firmer support from, say, a fusible interfacing.
The garment itself is so unstructured and has so few seam lines that I think the fabric really needs some extra heft. The material is a really, really lovely wool-cashmere suiting blend that I bought at the end of last winter from FabricMart. It’s very warm, and it is very soft. But despite it’s warmth, it really is a heavy suiting material rather than a coating material, and it could use a little backup.
Backing with silk organza just doesn’t seem to do it in the way I was hoping.
2. Also, the lining is always sliding all over the damn place. Can you see those wrinkles in the front corner and around the back hem? I think this stems from the fact that the lining and the coat aren’t staying aligned at the shoulder seam. As a VERY EASY pattern, the instructions tell you to just bag all 800 meters or whatever of the coat and flip it inside out and VOILAihazcoat. But. I think it would have benefited from some loose tacks at key points in order to keep the seam allowances of the lining and seam allowances of the coat body in line with one another. This would also be VERY EASY, but the instructions don’t say to do so and I was a naive and rushed little coatmaker.
I keep meaning to open up the coat at the hem and sew a couple of tacks at the shoulder and armpits and probably center back, but I keep meaning to stop being lazy in other aspects of my life as well and have yet to succeed, so there you have it.
But it is a coat! And I did make it! I wear it a lot and stay pretty warm in it down to about 40 degrees (Farenheit…). And I do get complements on it, actually. Even unsolicited ones. So we can chalk it up to a success, right?