Sunday, November 27, 2011

Moscow Wool Dress Coat

This coat was three years in coming. 
 My aunt gave my little sister and I all her fabric a few years ago and we split some red wool.  Lynette made herself a wool coat, and I have been hoarding my red wool for three years just trying to get the courage to cut it.  Making a coat has been intimidating, but using a nicer fabric like wool made it even higher stakes.  So the month we spent staying with Lynette, I decided I would jump in and sew it with her supervision available throughout the project.

Being red and a little military looking, I thought it reminded me of Russia and initially I kept thinking of it as my "Stalin" coat, but that doesn't have the nicest connotations.  So I thought it would be a good coat to wear if I ever went to Moscow.  So I called it my "Moscow" coat.

For this coat I actually followed a pattern the entire way through, although I did have to lengthen the sleeves a few inches, which is kind of the whole reason I make coats for myself.
I used McCalls M5759 jacket version B.

The element that caught my attention to this coat pattern initially was of course the large collar.
It's all one piece that wraps around and kind of serves as a scarf at the same time.

 The under collar and lining are this red and silver striped fabric I found for $1.00/ yard.

The angled front is kind of tricky to button, but I like the lines it creates and I think it makes it a flattering cut in addition to the princess seams.  
The pockets are faux tabs sewn on.

I had these buttons which I thought would go well, being large and metallic.
They're actually roaring lion heads if you look closely which I thought was kind of cool and different if anyone ever really took time to notice.

So far I have loved it.
It's one of those projects I look at it and feel shocked I was actually the one who sewed it together.
It was my first time sewing with wool and making a nicer dress coat. 

I thought it would also be a fun holiday coat to wear this season! 

I'm glad I finally got the courage to make it after holding on to it for three years and I wonder if I could have managed it earlier had I just had the guts to cut into it and make it happen.
Maybe it was better to wait and get a little more experience before now, who knows.

28 comments:

  1. that's one beautiful coat - good work

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  2. Jessica, that coat is absolutely GORGEOUS! Fantastic work! I really hope you enjoy wearing it over the holidays and long after that.

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  3. So lovely! I'm glad you got the courage to cut into it--totally worth it :)

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  4. Such an amazing coat! I love the colour very beautiful

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  5. beautiful coat. i am seriously impressed!

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  6. I love the hem line! I have some navy blue (my favorite) wool just waiting on me to get the courage to cut as well!

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  7. Absolutely stunning. That color is perfect for the pattern. I wonder if it would work well in denim?

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  8. Are you kidding me? That is GORGEOUS!!!

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  9. i love it!! :-) i love military style coats, you did a great job!

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  10. Your coat is stunning. Hooray for your courage to cut the wool because it came out marvelously.

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  11. You look like a model wearing some fancy designer jacket. Awesome job!!!

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  12. I have always wanted a red coat. I love yours. It turned out beautifully.

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  13. gorgeous coat! I hope to one day have the courage and sewing prowess to make some of the projects you have done!

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  14. Awesome job Jessica! You and your sister sew so beautifully. I told your sis that she should teach classes. I would love to learn techniques to sew clothing! and just get better at sewing clothing. Maybe you could start a class around here? ;) I would totally sign up! I have been wanting to make one of the sweater jackets you made. A look of a nice coat with all the comfort

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  15. That is one stunning coat and in my favorite color too! You did an amazing job and I think you were smart to wait and do it with your sister. I am a long time sewer although I haven't done any sewing for myself in a long time but that sure inspires me. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I like the style and design of this coat very much. The red color gives the beauty to that coat. Form where i can get it?

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  17. That is awesome!!! I am so impressed you made a coat!!

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  18. Oooh this is one of my favorite things you have made thus far! Its fab!

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  19. Stunning!! Can't decide whether I love this or the blue jacket more :)

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  20. this is the SECOND gorgeous coat in my rss feed today.

    now i'm going to go cry myself a puddle because i'm not good enough to make a big pile of awesomesauce like them for myself. ;)

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  21. Beautiful. But, speaking from a year of experience, this would have to be a Moscow spring or fall coat. Or you'd freeze to death. It is beautiful though, I love the collar. It's so awesome! So impressed.

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  22. I have had this jacket cut out and 80% sewn for about 2 1/2 years! It just needs some tweaking and I keep putting it off. Maybe I will get it out this month. haha!

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  23. Wow great job on this coat! I made this same one (my first jacket) and I LOVE the contrasting undercollar! What a great idea.

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