Conquering a Winter Wonderland

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IMG_2663I’ve been working on a wool coat for myself for about a week now. I completed it last night in the midst of the blizzard that hit. Richard got in from his business trip today so I got to test it out in the snowy white wonderland.  I’m quite happy with it. In this picture I’m wearing my coat, a hat I knitted, and a bag I recently made myself.  I’m styled in hand made. 


I used a Simplicity pattern for the coat but altered a few things. The outside of the coat is made with some pretty teal 100% wool fabric. The coat is knee length with two side pockets.


Here is the first change I did.  I made it so the lapel would button up to the collar. The peacoat I own has this feature and I love it on brisk cold days.  Found those askew buttons at JoAnns and couldn’t resist using them on my coat.




The inside is lined with a fashion polyester fabric. It’s for making clothing but I wanted something fun for the lining instead of a plain lining. The pattern has you normally line the coat. This is the second change I made to the pattern. The wool I bought wasn’t very heavy so I wanted to make the coat warmer. I bought some 100% wool batting and quilted it to the back of the lining pieces. I stitched down 1 inch squares. Then I installed the lining as instructed by the pattern.  While this makes the coat a bit more stiff and more snug, it definitely makes it nice and warm.



Here is the back of my lovely coat. The only other differences I did was to stay stitch every seam. It think stay stitching is a simple way to make something look really finished. 

Now I need to make my husband’s coat. It will be a journey since men’s patterns are hard to come by and I had to draft a pattern for him myself.

Stay warm and cheers,


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Kyle, this coat is so amazingly functional and pretty! What great ideas to have the lapel button up to the collar, to add the wool batting, and to use such a playful fabric for the lining. You put so much thought into the things you make. Awesome work, my friend.