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Monday, March 4, 2013

More Butterick 5401

I should have finished Saturday but a "drive-by visitor" and a bottle of wine severely altered the plan. All that's left to sew is the sleeve lining, hems and button. It's been a while since I've sewn with such a sumptuous fabric and I'd forgotten how easy it is to mold a 100% wool fabric. Too, I'd also forgotten how itchy, and stinky (when steaming) it can be. My entire sewing table and machine look as if my husband shaved in my sewing room instead of in the bathroom! It's all worth it because the coat is absolutely beautiful. Below are a couple of cell phone photos so that you can see the progress I've made.


I'm digging into my sewing skill arsenal to make sure this is a garment that will last for years to come. For the first time, I converted the one piece sleeve into a two piece one and it was well worth the effort. The pattern doesn't have a back vent and if it had I would have omitted it. Every coat that I've ever had that had one wound up having to be repaired. I did add a "faux belt" to give the back some extra styling.

Hopefully I'll put the finishing touches on before the end of the week and have final photos and a thorough review for you.

16 comments:

  1. The coat looks so professional! Love the faux belt on the middle back, very nice touch.

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  2. Your coat is looking great!!!

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  3. Thanks to you...I might consider making one myself. The coat turn out looking really nice and tailored.

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  4. Your coat is beautiful--I love it! I'm constantly amazed by the sewing skills of so many sewist blogs. I'm in the advanced beginner stage of sewing, still learning basics. Thanks for posting your progress.

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  5. Oh my goodness the coat is beautiful. That is the fastest full length coat I've ever heard of. I love it. It was 27 degrees in my town this morning - and I could have used your coat.

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  6. Your coat is looking great!

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  7. wow that is gorgeous, looks fantastic. I am working on a black wool coat this week as well so I know exactly what you are talking about with the fibers and snips falling everywhere. but so worth it you will wear this coat for years to come.

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  8. What a lovely coat. You will wear this for years to come.

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