Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Let it Snow!

Sometimes you just need some colour to get you through the winter. And according to the Farmers' Almanac the forecast this winter is "going to be very, very cold."  Yes, I know the 2018 -19 colour trends call for a more muted shade of green but it's not about being on trend. It is all about being warm,  survival and I won't get lost in a snow storm wearing this colour. Hopefully, I won't be outside during a snow storm. But I digress... 

A revisit with, now out-of-print (OOP), Vogue 8934 for this project. American designer Marcy Tilton created a coat pattern that I truly do admire. It is loose enough to wear layers underneath and it has pockets. And this is one well drafted pattern.  I will admit that I was tempted and did search for a new coat pattern but in the end I went with what worked in the past.

The coat fabric and quilted lining fabric have been in my stash for quite awhile. I barely had enough of the quilted lining fabric and had to piece the sleeve lining.  The same happened with the micro-fleece underlining fabric. Quilting techniques, not just for blankets.

The biggest struggle with this project was locating appropriate buttons.  Why is it so hard to find coat buttons in this town?  I went with a gold coloured button because I initially thought to go with a gold colour cotton back lining fabric. Since the window of opportunity to exchange the buttons passed the initial button remains.  Since this coat has a front fly it won't be visit when buttoned up.  

The Stats

Fabric:  2.3 metres Melton wool

Underlining:  2.3 metres of micro-fleece 

Lining:  3.4 metres of quilted lining fabric. 

Interfacing:  1.2 metres sew in hair canvas

Label:  Vogue Designer

Buttons:  6 - 1/2"

Thread:  Finished off three spools of thread.  

Pattern:  OOP Vogue 8934

Additional Tools & Supplies:  Cutting table, scissors, pins, tailor's chalk, ruler, measuring tape, measuring gauge, thread clippers, sewing machine brush (for turning over the corners), hand needles, threads (for the serger, sewing machine, button thread for stitching the facing and buttons), sewing machine, walking foot, buttonhole foot, serger, quilter's table attachment (for the sewing machine), thimble, tea, and a visit to a massage therapist (after all those hours of hand-stitching). 

Happy Sewing!   



  1. I love the green color of your new coat. And with that quilted lining your are sure to be warm when wearing it. You are ready for the predicted " very cold winter"!

  2. Love, love, love the colour. I go for brights all the time.

    God bless.


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