Do you push yourself sewing wise? When I saw this beautiful lime blanket in a charity shop at Easter I briefly ummed and ahhed as my thoughts turned to making a coat for the first time. How could I resist such a beautiful colour at merely £10? I felt rather wary about making a coat. I knew a lime wool coat could be stunning but also knew I would have to learn how to line said coat!! But this creative journey of mine is all about upcycling, plus learning, developing and growing. As I took the blanket to the till the shop assistant told me a lovely tale about how an elderly couple had donated the blanket, a wedding present of theirs, their marriage still going strong 54 years on.
Next stop a pattern – Skipton has many charity shops but it also has the most beautiful shop Cool Crafting. I have to admit it is a shop I tend to window shop in, admiring their beautiful fabric and yarn selection, overwhelmed by choice I leave with nothing. They stock a range of patterns from a variety of PDF pattern designers. I was served by the most helpful lady, enjoying a proper sewing conversation- following her advice I chose the Sapporo Coat by PaperCut.
Then the project stalled, to be honest, I felt intimidated by the project. A few weeks later and the project is finished, prompted by my desire to enter the Sewing Portfolios upcycling competition (find out more here). In order to fulfil the brief for the competition, the lining is new fabric “For You – Combo – Apple” from Glenroy Designs ( also very lovely ladies I can enjoy a good sewing chat with).
So this is the finished coat, I am so delighted. If you are tempted to try your hand at making a coat go for it!!
The Sapporo Pattern was a relatively easy sew, as long as I looked at the step I was at, not jumping ahead! I hit a problem when sewing the lining pieces together but this was easily resolved by referring back to the pattern pieces.
I have pattern hacked a little, lengthening the sleeves – I didn’t fancy a super warm coat and cold wrists! Using a quilters ruler to add 4 inch dots along the cuff length as I traced the pattern, when it came to sewing up I narrowed the cuff.
The front of the dress is made from two panels – this gives me the perfect opportunity to add in some of the beautiful ribbon edging the original blanket.
I placed the ribbon parallel to the top edge of the bottom panel piece, tacking in place then stitching. Then I pressed and held with bondaweb.
The piece of ribbon within the pocket was turned under and hand stitched. Then I joined the two front panels for the coat.
The cuffs are naturally the second place to emphasize with the beautiful ribbon. Stitched in place on the right side of the fabric folded over onto the wrong side and held in place with bondaweb. When adding the lining I folded over the cuff raw edge of the lining and handstitched to the ribbon.
I love how the ribbon highlights the shape of the front panels.
To overcome the overwhelm I decided to spend half an hour a day on making the Sapporo Coat. This proved extremely helpful, virtually every day I felt intimidated but it was so worth it!
My lining fit is not perfect, but for my first coat making experience I am happy.
If you have not made a coat before I recommend the Sapporo Coat pattern.
With just enough wool coat left for a bag, I know what I will be making next.