Sewing Buddy

So, Twitter Sewists strike again. There I was, minding my own tweets when I stumbled across a series, featuring some of my favorite ladies, discussing sewing buddies. Specifically, coat sewing buddies. Well, as this seems to be the year of joining in, I joined in. LOL

Sewing Buddies

Seriously, I think this smaller, more intimate sew-along might be better for me. Especially with a garment that I haven’t sewn and feel really intimidated by. This tweet fest also happened to occur at a time when I was expecting a really BOSS pattern from Ms. What Would Nancy Drew Wear. She practically paid me to take it off her hands, that’s how generous her price was. It’s all I can do to keep myself from going back for more.

Here’s the pattern
Simplicity 4110

Nice, right!

This one is also a contender
Simplicty 4799

Also, pretty awesome.

Both have the desired feature, for a first timer coat maker anyway, of being rather shapeless, by design. I don’t own a wool coat in this car coat style and Simplicity 4110 is perfect for the diagonal rib type wool coating I have, in that I won’t have to match up pieces as the front and back are cut in one.

Wool Coating! Marled/Heathered Blue

Wool Coating! Marled/Heathered Blue

This is the true color.

Wool Coating! Marled/Heathered Blue

I also have a ton of this flannel to underline the wool with, if I want to get fancy.
Cotton Flannel~ Black

I have a few yards of black crepe de chine that would be a killer lining, especially since I can longer see making a dress out of it.

Crepe de Chine

Simplicity 4110 also has the added benefit of buttonhole-less closures!! No bound buttonholes! Which don’t scare me quite as much as making the matching windows in the facings. View 1 closes with self loops and the view 2, the awesome hooded version, has that sweet toggle detail. AND no collar.

Now the second choice, Simplicity 4799 has only one button for view 1. I could handle one bound buttonhole and window. I have two really awesome black buttons from my grandma that would be perfect used here. I doubt I’m going to find a pattern that calls for only two buttons, so this is as good a use as any.

Cool Ass Buttons!

I feel like I should make an attempt at a muslin. The back of 4799 looks massive and the back of 4110 looks like it might have trouble fitting over my hips. But, I feel like that step is what kept me from jumping in with Anise. I just want to sew, you know?

What do you guys think?


15 thoughts on “Sewing Buddy

  1. Almost makes me wish I knew how to use a sewing machine… But since I don’t own a sewing machine and don’t use patterns because it’s a pain in the butt to sew at this length without the machine, I’m gonna say, good luck!

  2. go with whatever pattern seems the easiest one!!! seriously, it is so nice to have your first jacket come out wearable. you can get into tailoring after that! i think it’s kind of like how we all start out making a shirred tube dress and then move on to pleats and darts, y’know?

    i have been drinking, by the way.

  3. Aww!!! Tweetastic! I’m leaning towards the first pattern, too—it seems simpler for a first time coat. Keeping in mind that my first coat was calf-length with a full skirt and fitted bodice… 😉 just check that pesky hip measurement and add to it if necessary. Although snug would help keep out the cold. ;D

  4. love both coats, and i think the fabric combo will be warm, and chic, and elegant. can’t wait to see progress from all you ladies on your mini sew-along!

  5. Love the first pattern for it’s “dress up/dress down” potential (the second one reads more dressy to me… am I crazy?) Also love both of these for their first-time coat sewing potential! It’s gonna be so much fun!!!

  6. I think you will rock either one of them! I think that with sewing a coat, it is more about having confidence than about it actually being difficult. It can be a bigger/more involved project, but when you break it into little pieces or tasks, I don’t think it is inherently more difficult than other sewing projects. You will rock it!

  7. I love both of them but prefer view 1 of the first pattern with the view 2 closures. I suggest you definitely make a muslin for whichever one you do make because coats of that type and time period were not only meant to be oversized but were also designed to use substantial shoulder pads. You may feel overwhelmed with the design as drafted.

  8. Of course now I’m kind of sad I don’t have that pattern anymore, lol, and am convinced I would have made it. How many times have I talked myself out of that argument? Many. I always prefer a fitted bodice and a huge skirt on coats for some reason, now remember that Lisette!
    And of course I hope you make 4110. I think it will be great.

  9. I love 4110! Boss indeed. Both would look great on you. I know what you mean about the muslin– that’s why I haven’t made Anise yet either– but I’d be afraid to skip it for a coat.

    • Make a muslin first. Not only will you see the fit, you will also know ahead of time about any tricky/unclear/wrong instructions. Sometimes I make a partial muslin, maybe leaving off the sleeves if they are nothing unique. The time you save in the end will be your reward and you’ll have a garment that you’re proud of. You can use an old bed sheet or buy some cheap cotton fabric although the drape and heft won’t be the same as the finished garment.

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