Gridlines: the coat is finished

So here is the finished coat at last. These were taken very quickly, shortly before heading into town on what is apparently the busiest shopping day of the year in the UK. Full disclosure: I’ve edited out the signpost that was making an unwelcome appearance in all the front views. The goofy pose owes nothing to photo editing software however.

Here’s the original. I don’t know about you but I always like to see the pattern photo next to the finished item. Sometimes the pattern photo and the finished product are very different, but in this case I think mine’s come out pretty close to Burda’s. Fabric choice helps!

White Burda coat 104-12-2012

The magnetic snaps turned out not to be strong enough for the bottom two snaps, so I replaced them all with regular snaps. I did try to cover the snaps in lining but I think I must have the wrong sort of snaps, or possibly the wrong sort of lining. As soon as I closed the covered snap it tore a hole in the covering on the female half, so my snaps ended up being au naturel.

I’m very pleased with the fit in the end. Thanks so much everyone who gave fitting advice! The bust and waist seams are now horizontal and all those annoying wrinkles on the princess seams are completely gone.

I really like the design of the back of this coat with all the seamlines. Glad I didn’t have to finish all those seams though. My fabric’s non-ravelly and the coat is lined so I left them alone.

The sleeves set in fine. The lining sleeves were a bit more of a struggle but removing most of the sleevecap ease made it easier than it normally is. And there isn’t any excess fabric across the back of the coat but I can still move my arms! The shoulder pads still feel a bit weird but I guess I’ll get used to them. These are the smallest ones I could find.

So how does it wear after a day out shopping? The neckline is very high, which is going to be great on cold days. The patch pockets are not the most practical pockets. You can’t shove your hands into them. In fact you can’t store a great deal in them at all. This is probably a good thing because my coat pockets normally contain a highly sordid collection of old hankies, bus tickets, and receipts. I think patch pockets might work out in the same way changing to a smaller handbag did: I carry much less rubbish around with me these days.

This is definitely a smart coat. I don’t think I could have it as the only coat in my wardrobe because of the pale colour and lack of storage space. But I’m glad I’ve got it an option!

33 thoughts on “Gridlines: the coat is finished

  1. Very very nice Catherine. I really like those seams throughout the structure of the coat – makes it very different. Great fit too. How pleased are you?!

  2. Oh my, this is the perfect ‘winter white’ coat! So elegant and smart, I really would love such a chic coat in my closet! You have got it spot on Catherine, the fit’s amazing!!!

  3. Just gorgeous. The seam line details, the fabric choice and the fit! And I enjoyed reading the progress posts re how you arrived at this great looking coat!

  4. Such a smart looking well fitting coat. That’s why we make coats, you would have to pay mega bucks to get such a custom quality piece. I’m so in awe of anyone who tackles coats. Fabulous. I need to kick myself into gear, test myself a bit. ( but secretly, it seems a big task!)

  5. Look at that FABULOUS FIT! fantastic, so happy for you. Looks lovely, so chic. The horizontal seams are perfect, as they must be on this design. hurrah for you, I love it. and slighly envious, although I would never make myself a light color coat like that. (fear of spots) looking forward to your next creation.

  6. This looks fantastic! The fit is absolutely flattering and I really love the patch pockets! The seamlines make a really polished finish. Well done!

  7. I do love a good finished garment post and agreed – it’s always nice to see the completed version next to the original inspiration! I’m always curious to see the back of a jacket/blazer/coat – it’s the hardest to fit when you’re sewing alone – I think you’ve done a fabulous job. It photographs beautifully, which can only mean it’s even nicer in real life (at least, that’s how my photos always seem to turn out). Bummer about the snaps though – live and learn!

  8. Oh wow Catherine, you’ve done a brilliant job, the fit looks brill. Great job on all the fancy finishing too.

  9. Oh and with the fabric covered snaps, cover the front, snap together, then fold/ gather and attach the back. If you just cover them the surface tension on the stretched fabric is too high to stand up to the inserted metal piece.. Hope this is making sense it’s 1:39 AM XP

  10. Gorgeous, a great colour and your fit is amazing, I am glad you stuck with it and sorted it all out. The extra seam lines make it so interesting and I think quite classic.

  11. It really turned out fantastic! It has such a great fit! I was wondering how much ease is there for wearing knitted cardigans or bulkier clothing?

    1. I have to admit there’s not as much ease as you’d normally have in a coat. I don’t mind that because I rarely wear big jumpers but I did consider going up a size. I have my grey coat from last year for wearing over anything bulky🙂

  12. This is such a beautiful coat – the seamlines, the silhouette, the pale, exquisite fabric… it looks stunning on you🙂 I would love to have this in my closet!!! ^_^

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