I’ve been very anti-social on social media lately. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it may have something to do with the immense loss I’ve experienced earlier this year due to my Dad’s passing. I’m doing a lot better now, and have slowly but surely started sewing my way into a better mood again.
I have tons of sewing projects and activities going on behind the seams, but I thought I would share the very first coat I made since it’s a huge milestone for me on this sewing journey! It’s an unlined jacket using a Simplicity pattern designed by Mimi G Style. I love her patterns so much and when I saw this comfy and cozy coat, I knew I just had to make one for my Mom in a stunning Melton fabric I bought a couple of months ago. I figured it would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, especially with winter around the corner.
This coat is reminiscent of a gown because of the shape of the collar and the tie belt. I love clothes that are comfy yet stylish. They’re practical and you know you’ll gets lots of wear out of pieces like these.
How gorgeous is my Momma Bear in this coat? She is totally rocking it.
Since this coat is unlined, I decided to try my hand at doing Hong Kong seams. I bought a roll of black bias binding and used this to finish off the raw edges. In future I’ll rather use a bias binding with a shiny finish. While the matte black one looks pretty professional, I think the shinier seams would have taken this jacket to the next level.
So here’s a fun fact – the armholes of the coat were a bit too tight for my Mom. She wouldn’t be able to wear layers which defeats the purpose of a coat. I decided to keep my first coat for myself, since it fits me perfectly, and I made a brand new one for my Mom. Since I already cut out the smaller size on the pattern (I only did this because I was in a rush – I usually trace it onto vitrace/polytrace first), so I had to grade the pattern using this special crease paper used in pattern making for any pattern adjustments. I ended up making the sleeve head and armcye a lot bigger too. I figured some extra ease is always a good thing, especially in a coat.
So yes, I still make mistakes on my sewing journey. I love making mistakes because it means I am learning and can only get better. This goes for any activity or hobby you pursue – if at first you don’t succeed, try again!