Today I am sharing a coat which I made using a pattern from a new-to-me pattern company: The Makers Atelier. The pattern I used was The Unlined Raw Edged Coat, which, at the time of writing this post is actually being reprinted, and should be back in stock in a couple of weeks.
My coat is made up in a camel coloured boiled (maybe felted?) wool that I purchased a couple of years ago from a private seller on eBay. It was just over 2 metres in length and I was never quite sure what I would make from it. And then I saw this boiled wool coat from Boden (not even pure wool!) and saw a lovely version of this particular pattern made up on Instagram, and, despite the fact that this is by far the most expensive pattern I have ever purchased (£22.50 excluding postage), I hit the order button.
The pattern itself is extremely simple, with just 5 pieces to cut: the front, the back (which is cut on the fold), the pockets, the collar and the sleeves. Two options are given in the instructions as to seam finishes: you can either sew the seams the conventional way, so they are inside the garment, and then topstitch from the outside (see Charlie’s lovely version), or you can do as I chose to do and leave them raw and exposed to the outside of the garment. I guess you could also do a flat fell seam finish, but, my way was fast! This coat was made in an afternoon (including cutting out).
A coat designed to be made in fabrics which do not fray when cut (e.g. boiled wool/ felted wool/ neoprene/ scuba) due to the raw edge finish. Dropped shoulders, large patch pockets and a cocoon style shape.
UK size 8 – 18
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although no finished measurements are given. Two different options are given for seam finishes: either you can sew seams the conventional way, to the inside, and then top stitch seams from the outside. Or you can do as I did and sew the seams so they are exposed to the outside for a raw finish.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Despite this being the most expensive pattern I have purchased to date (£22.50 excluding postage), I LOVE the finished result. If you don’t like the oversized, cocoony shaped, dropped shoulder thing stay away, but I feel great when I wear this coat. I think it is the perfect mixture of cool (trendy) and cosy (boiled wool). Perfect autumn coat! Nothing to dislike really.
A camel coloured boiled wool.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- Removed 6 inches from the length of the pattern before cutting out
- Removed a total of 5 inches from the length of the sleeves
- 1 inch sway back adjustment – with removed length added back to the lower hem
- Added approx. 1 inch to side seams
- Moved pocket position down by 1 inch
- I used a rotary cutter to cut my fabric out and would recommend using a ruler to cut the pockets out with perfectly straight edges!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don’t know if I will sew this particular pattern again, but I definitely recommend it if you like this style.
Super fast sew and one of my favourite things I like to wear at the moment. Highly recommend!