Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Finished Project: Abbey Coat



It's finally finished, and I love my coat! Yesterday my husband and I traveled north to visit his parents and stumbled upon this horse farm in the snow. Turns out the be the perfect setting for some pictures of my coat!

The Abbey coat, a Jamie Christina pattern, is the perfect girly winter coat. I used a gorgeous blue wool from Mood in NYC, white sunback lining, and my favorite thing covered buttons from Pat's custom buttons and belts. I made some changes to the pattern, made the sleeves 2 inches longer and added pockets. After all what is a coat without pockets? I added them to the princess seams in the front, they may be a little bulky, but it would drive me crazy without them. 

I love the flounce,  which I did not interface, I was afraid that it might look like a tutu! I used all of my regular tailoring techniques: bound buttonholes, padstitching the collar, hand pickstitching, and topstitching. Making a coat is a lot of work but it is so worth it when you get it right. The coats in the department store seem like blankets compared to the weight and structure a tailored coat has.  I just love the results, it feels really special, and I can't wait to wear it all winter.






See the rest of my coat posts here, here and here

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28 comments:

  1. Beautiful as always Erika, I adore the colour it looks great!

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    1. Why thank you Stevie, I love the color too!

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  2. This is so pretty! You look like a snow princess! The color looks really great with your skin, too :)

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    1. Yes! I was thinking how great it would look ice skating! Thank you so much

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  3. This looks amazing! All that work was totally worth it. I think the color is perfect for winter

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    1. I'm loving the color, thank you so much

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  4. Beeeeeautiful!!! I am dying to make a coat this winter, but I don't think I'll have time before the seasons change (I mean, it's already 60* here today lolwut). So I'll just keep staring at yours for my future-winter-inspiration :) I agree, the flounce looks better uninterfaced, and those covered buttons are fabulous. The princess seam pockets are brilliant. Do we get to see a lining shot? ;)

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    1. Thanks! You could make a lighter spring version. We are getting a blizzard this weekend so I don't feel bad for you. I'll put up a more detailed pictures just for you brat.

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  5. I love your coat!! It is absolutely fabulous!

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  6. This is absolutely 100% cuteness! Oooh I just love it! I sooo want to make this now. I love the color you used, too. Very pretty and great fit (:

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    1. 100% cuteness! I love that! Thanks so much

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  7. You are just so darn cute in your new fabulous coat! I love the picture where you're twirling! A perfect coat for twirling if ever there was one!

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  8. What a beautiful coat! Girly, cute and no doubt very warm - and Made by You. Great job as always!

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  9. Very pretty coat! you did a great job!

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  10. It's beautiful, I love the colour and the flounce at the bottom makes it super cute

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  11. Glorious. The blue is wonderful. And the construction is fabulous.

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  12. I lurve it! And your smile in the pics says it all :) You look completely chuffed - rightly so! Loving the pics in the snow, it highlights the coat (perfect colour). Gorgeousness!

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    1. I don't know what chuffed is but thank you!

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  13. Beautiful.. Love the color and the photos..

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  14. Very, very cute. You did an excellent job tailoring the coat. I'm inspired!

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