I always think I’ll make something ‘warm for winter’… and never really do!
I guess I like to pretend it’s never really winter here 😂. However, I’m kidding myself. We don’t get snow or frosts but we do need a warm coat at night, on our windy cold days or to throw on as the winter sun slides towards the horizon and the temperature starts to drop.
The London Coat by Tessuti Patterns caught my eye – is a great casual unstructured jacket to throw on with weekend jeans or even at home or in the office. Right now, thanks to Covid-19, the spare bedroom is my office!
The description from Tessuti is: “The London Coat is oversized and unlined. The coat front has a 4″ overlap which can be left open or secured with a feature pin, making it the perfect layer for a relaxed autumn/winter style. It features a hood, dropped shoulders and full-length sleeves with turned back cuffs. The horizontal hip seam, with inseam pockets, provides the opportunity for colour blocking. As seams are overlapped and edges and hems left raw, this coat is best made up in boiled wools, felted wools that do not fray when cut.”
Construction is easy enough, although takes a little patience as you overlap the raw edges by 3/8 inch and then edgestitch the seams. A seemingly endless transfer of pins, you could try to do it all by ‘eye’ however I’m not a fan of unpicking seams, less so of unpicking seams in boiled wool! And I think spending time making the edgestitched seams consistent is worth the effort as they are always on show.
While I didn’t use one… a walking foot on boiled wool (as illustrated in the photo above from the Tessuti instructions) is a good idea.
I cut the pieces out with the fabric unfolded, tracing around the pattern pieces with chalk as I find bulkier fabrics annoying to pin. I’m hoping I was frugal enough with my fabric to be able to piece the leftovers into some sort of pullover vest. I was so economical in my cutting that I decided to used the selvedge edge as my hood and front opening edges. The texture was not dramatically different to the rest of the fabric and I liked the clean, consistent edge it provided.
I made size 0. My bust is 33 inches. This pattern is for bust 32-48 inches and has a finished hip measurement (including the 4 inch overlap) of 47-59 inches.
It is a very oversized coat, ideal with layering, it can be done up with a fancy lapel or kilt pin, or left to hang open… which is usually what I do!
I’ve used an olive & black boiled wool/viscose blend from Minerva’s Bower. They were so helpful and readily sent me some photos via messenger with the different colours together so I could make up my mind.
I was SO tempted to chose my usual blue/black combination… however since it’s often been said “a change is as good as a holiday”, and since I haven’t had one of those in a LONG time, I opted for olive and black.
Not quite a holiday… however it was a fun sewing project and great casual wear.
A great oversized coat or coatigan, soft and slouchy for casual wear, and perfect for layering.
Well what a rocky couple of years it has been. Our little region endured seemingly endless bushfires (July 2019 until February 2020), followed by Covid-19 (March 2020 onwards) and then a shocking 1-in-100 year flood (March 2021) – and now where we are back in Covid World and I’m working from home at the moment. I’m feeling world and work weary – but have faith that better days are coming.
I decided to enter a marathon in 2021. The event got cancelled due to Covid… and I ended up running my marathon anyway – around the streets and waterfront of Port Macquarie instead. It wasn’t quite what I imagined but turned out to be a fun day (as much as 42.2kms of running is ‘fun’) and my running club organised special medals for our ‘homemade’ event… and I think it’s my favourite event medal yet. Not so much for achieving the distance but the people who went on the journey with me. During a very tough time of life (in some many ways), running gave me peace of mind and friends to laugh with – and the side benefits of being much healthier and fitter after so many months of training.
On the back of this medal are the words “It is not how it ends that matters, but the journey it takes to get there”.