I loved this pattern from the first time I saw it . Here is my version
The fabric is a wool/poly blend for which I payed $7.50 in total! The leather is from an Isaac Mizrahi skirt I bought for $10.00 at Value Village. It looked brand new and I had a hard time to make myself cut into it.In the end it helped that it was too big for me.
I made a muslin first and found that I had a diagonal drag line from waist level to bust. I decided to change the bust dart to a French dart and it helped but didn't get rid of it entirely. I have a feeling I didn't need my FBA on this one .
I used my teflon foot and a regular 80/10 universal needle to sew the leather because I didn't have a leather needle and surprisingly , that gave me a perfect stitch!
I lengthened the sleeves but not quite enough to make them full length . Why? I have no idea!
I lowered the neckline by 5/8"all around because I don't like a too high neck and I really like the way the collar sits.
I added a center back seam because I think a center back seam with top stitching makes a coat or jacket look more expensive.
Now for the lining! I love my lining! I think it really goes well with the outer fabric. It is a polyester charmeuse.I bagged the lining but hand sewed it at the sleeve band.
I used grosgrain ribbon as a trim.
The inside of the jacket is where I spent many hours hand sewing but I really enjoyed the process.
I used all the techniques that I described here and here on Diana's Sewing Lessons.
The closures are large covered hooks. The pattern calls for only one at the neckline , but I used four stopping at the bottom of the leather piece.
I had to stitch in the ditch to join the leather piece to the facings for the hooks to work.
I decided to add a chain ,which I've had in my stash, at the bottom of the coat and it really makes it hang well. I used dental floss to sew it so now the bottom of my coat smells like mint! Lol!
Although I wasn't sure I liked this piece as I was making it because it seemed quite shapeless, I really love the finished garment. It feels expensive on, you know, like a well cut coat that hangs really well.
That's all for now. Next, I'm going to finish a UFO. Just not sure which one.
Hope you found time tom sew this weekend! More later from