I Made A Coat!

And I said I’d never make one.  It’s lined and everything.  I’m as chuffed as a chuffed thing can get.  Can you tell?

It’s the Opium Coat from Deer and Doe and it’s a swing coat which is quite fun.  There is a belted version but thick, coating fabric belted round the middle is a look that concerns me.  I know it would appeal to some people but, not being 5’10” tall and straight up and down, I’m not one of them.

A special feature of this coat is the welt pockets, which Deer and Doe have called ‘origami’ pockets.  (Other people may also call them this but, if so, I am unaware.

They were a little bit tricksy but, although the written pattern instructions are good, there is some excellent help available on Deer and Doe’s blog for these pockets, the collar and the lining, which I was very grateful for.

I think these unusual welts were worth the little bit of extra effort – more interesting than just the usual plain band.

My mannequin stands very still and is not plagued by dogs wanting a game of ball so here’s a photo of the back

I managed to get over my fear of linings or ‘fódraphobia’ as Kate pretended it was called.

On a real person – i.e. me – it has plenty of twirl potential.

Please forgive parasol action in the background.  Mlle. T. the Younger was taking the photos and didn’t think to mention it.

If I look a bit smug – it’s because I am.  Just a bit.

What will be next on my ‘never say never’ list?  I do have to make another pair of jeans because, as you know, making them and actually getting into them are two separate things.

If only I could bend my knees.

But, never fear, I will not let them beat me and let’s end on a high note as I head off into a cordyline australis the sunset with my faithful companions.

Have you ever made a coat or thought about making one?  How did it go for you?





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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on March 22, 2019 - 08:29

    Wow. Smugness totally appropriate, the coat and you look wonderful.

  2. #3 by Nanette on March 22, 2019 - 08:39

    Ever so elegant! Smugness justified.

    • #4 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 09:17

      Ooh, I think I might have to work a bit on the ‘elegance’ but thank you x

  3. #5 by The Snail of Happiness on March 22, 2019 - 09:03

    I’ve made a couple of coats… one about 30 years ago, which I still have. I would love to make a long swing coat with a big shawl collar, but I have never managed to find a pattern; I continue to be on the look-out.
    Your creation looks lovely and the pocket detail is a nice addition.

    • #6 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 09:21

      Something like this vintage(ish) pattern https://goo.gl/FfvQkU ? Or is the shawl collar not wide enough?

      • #7 by The Snail of Happiness on March 22, 2019 - 10:01

        That sort of thing, but, yes, with a wider collar. I know it would take huge amounts of fabric, but one day I will find just the right pattern and material and I will invest both time and money.

      • #8 by The Snail of Happiness on March 22, 2019 - 10:21

        now you’ve got me looking again… something like this https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/665654363/vintage-sewing-pattern-1950s-swing-coat? but a real pattern – I don’t want to have to draft it myself!

      • #9 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 11:46

        OOh! That’s rather gorgeous but, if you’re anything like me, I’d rather somebody else does the pattern drafting so I can concentrate on the sewing. I’m sure there must be a similar pattern out there somewhere – one day you will find it when you least expect to.

  4. #10 by thecontentedcrafter on March 22, 2019 - 09:10

    Fabulous coat – fabulous smugness! I used to make everything we wore back when my kids were kids. By the time I could afford to buy ready made I was so over sewing I’ve never really gone back to it.

    • #11 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 09:23

      By contrast, I was in a sewing hiatus when my girls were small which is a shame as I could have had loads of fun.

      • #12 by thecontentedcrafter on March 22, 2019 - 19:00

        My girls still tell tales of being dressed like the Bobbsey Twins and there are howls of laughter when old photos emerge of some of the outfits …… 😀

      • #13 by tialys on March 24, 2019 - 11:32

        I had to look up the Bobbsey Twins, I don’t think they ever visited the U.K. – they’d have had to do battle with the Famous Five.

      • #14 by thecontentedcrafter on March 24, 2019 - 18:52

        Oh The FF – the twins couldn’t hold a candle to those guys! The term probably lived longer than the books did, I don’t think they were very popular here either. Though I do have a vague memory of reading one and wishing I could be one of the younger set of twins….. I used to make my kids matching sets of clothes. One famously consisted of blue flared denim pants, red and white polka dot smock top and a jaunty little denim cap to finish the ensemble off. I thought they looked so cute 🙂

      • #15 by tialys on March 25, 2019 - 08:39

        I sometimes look back at photos of my girls when they were little and wonder what I could have been thinking when I was dressing them but then I think we all do that with photos of ourselves too don’t we? I’m sure we all looked perfectly fine at the time – at least, I hope so.

  5. #16 by PendleStitches on March 22, 2019 - 09:19

    What a stunning coat!!!!
    Looks like you’ve been making them for years. Gorgeous.
    No stopping you now!

    • #17 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 09:27

      Thank you. It’s great when you feel your sewing skills have gone up a notch isn’t it?

  6. #18 by craftycreeky on March 22, 2019 - 09:32

    Looks wonderful, you done a fab job 🙂 I’m with you on belted coats, I always think they make me look fat! Pattern looks interesting, I might have a look at that one as a change from my usual coatigan pattern.

    • #19 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 11:50

      I can just about cope with a trench coat but anything with thicker fabric makes me feel like a sack tied round the middle.

  7. #20 by Emmely on March 22, 2019 - 09:34

    Yay, it’s finished and looks really good!

  8. #22 by Kim on March 22, 2019 - 12:27

    Good reason to be smug – your coat looks lovely.
    I have made coats before, and my next project is a coat from some fabric bought about two/three years ago (so a recent purchase in my stash) which has been spread on the cutting table for at least a week. I might get it finished by July. Just not necessarily this July ….

    • #23 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 17:09

      Do you lose interest if you are making something outside of the season you would normally wear it?

      • #24 by Kim on March 22, 2019 - 17:55

        Yup. But it’s still cold enough to assume I will get some wear out of it as long as I get a move on.

  9. #25 by katechiconi on March 22, 2019 - 12:30

    Entirely justified smugness, loads of self-congratulation totally warranted. I adore the colour of both the outer fabric and the lining, but especially the lining.
    I’m sure that if you mention fódraphobia often enough it will become a thing. You could write a post about how you overcame it, start a survivor’s club, have a 12 step program for overcoming it… well, perhaps not. But you do realise that there are now two Google entries for it (ie, your two posts), so it must be real!
    That lovely swing coat the Snail of Happiness linked to is just like a periwinkle blue raincoat my mother had. No fur collar, but an Eton-style collar that you could turn up crisply. I’d love one of those…

    • #26 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 17:19

      Ooh, periwinkle blue, it must have been beautiful. I wanted to use Liberty tana lawn for the lining but I’m glad I used the satin now as it really facilitates sliding arms down sleeves. I suppose I could have used the lawn for the body and satin for the sleeves though. Next time……..
      As for fódraphobia – I hope I don’t get accused of circulating fake news 🙄

      • #27 by katechiconi on March 22, 2019 - 23:15

        My sister once gave me a raincoat once she’d got in New York. It was made of oilcloth, grey and white on the outside, but the cotton voile lining was a riot of huge floral colour. The cotton was highly necessary, since the thing didn’t breathe at all. Perhaps why she gave it to me, ultimately… But to finally get to the point, Tana lawn would probably be OK, because it’s smooth, but anything less probably wouldn’t.

  10. #28 by mlmcspadden on March 22, 2019 - 12:46

    The coat is wonderful, so loads of self-congratulations are definitely in order! I like that style coat and will have to look for a pattern along those lines for myself. I bought fabric for a coat yrs ago, but have never actually gotten it made up.

    • #29 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 17:11

      It’s a nice, easy to wear style isn’t it? I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  11. #30 by claire93 on March 22, 2019 - 13:50

    and what a lovely coat it is! You have every right to feel smug! I do love the first photo, where you’re wearing three of your “Tialys-made” garments – what a clever lady you are!

    • #31 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 17:12

      Well, I didn’t make the jumper – just the skirt and the coat but I’ll take your compliments anyway, thank-you 😊

  12. #32 by kathyreeves on March 22, 2019 - 15:34

    Fabulous job! Your lining looks wonderful, and the coat just suits you. You will enjoy wearing it for many years to come I bet! 😍👏💐🎉

    • #33 by tialys on March 22, 2019 - 17:14

      I hope so. I must resist putting my hands in my pockets though as I’m scared to pull things out of shape but they are just in the right place for my hands to gravitate to automatically.

  13. #34 by Mary Gillette on March 22, 2019 - 17:28

    Congratulations, good job!. I haven’t made a coat and have no desire to make one. But my mother used to make suit coats for my father when they were first married on her Singer Featherweight.

    • #35 by tialys on March 24, 2019 - 11:36

      Suit coats! That must surely have been a labour of love 💖

  14. #36 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 22, 2019 - 18:06

    Gorgeous! Well done you! looks fab – parasol sticking out your chest or not.
    Well done in addressing at least one of your phobias.
    Yes, I have thought about making a coat – very much so actually as my arms are so darn long and all those who cater for us with orangutan genes make such boring (or too expensive coats). But don’t panic, although I did make a lined jacket in the dim and distant pre-wedding dress making days, I will make some more PJ pants, maybe a skirt and a Cocoa top at least, before I even seriously think about it.

    • #37 by tialys on March 24, 2019 - 11:35

      Maybe a long sleeved blouse or shirt to get some practice with collars and sleeves.
      I don’t have any long limbs so don’t have the same problems as you but sleeves must be the easiest thing to lengthen on a pattern I suppose.

      • #38 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 25, 2019 - 12:43

        That’s an excellent idea. Although I never wear a long sleeved blouse. Maybe a shirt dress? Know any good patterns for one?
        Yes, depending on the sleeve – of course, but most sleeve types are pretty easy.

      • #39 by tialys on March 25, 2019 - 13:50

        What about the Rosa Shirtdress (and shirt) by Tilly & The Buttons? I’ve made the shirt and bought the fabric for the dress – some grey needlecord – but haven’t got round to it yet.

      • #40 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 25, 2019 - 19:59

        Thanks for the suggestion. Looks nice – and a challenge for a rusty sewer. Mind looks short too. Might have to lengthen it a bit and the 3/4 sleeve. I hate three quarter sleeves. having said all that maybe I should look at other shirt dress patterns first! 🙂

      • #41 by tialys on March 26, 2019 - 08:39

        There’s a free add-on pack for long sleeves you can download.

      • #42 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 26, 2019 - 10:10

        YAY! 🙂

  15. #43 by magpiesue on March 22, 2019 - 20:52

    Hurray! It looks fabulous. I love the shape of this coat. I’ve always liked ‘swing’ coats. I will not be making myself (or anyone else) a coat in this lifetime. 😉

    • #44 by tialys on March 24, 2019 - 11:31

      You never know – I said the same.

  16. #45 by sew2pro on March 23, 2019 - 00:40

    Well it hangs perfectly on the mannequin and swings even better on you! Well done!! I hope you get a lot of wear out of it, and maybe we get a photo or two as the two of you travel together. In the UK, it would be perfect for this time of year as it’s light and fun rather than heavy duty.

    I made a coat oh, five years ago, but we never quite gelled. Beautiful wool and expensive John Lewis emerald lining. I wonder if anyone is wearing it now – I gave it to the Cat Protection shop!

    • #46 by tialys on March 24, 2019 - 11:29

      Oh, your coat sounds wonderful – especially the emerald lining – was the outer navy or forest green or something else entirely? I hope somebody is still wearing it to this day and that it has a sprinkling of cat hairs on it to show how much it’s used. 😺

  17. #47 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on March 23, 2019 - 01:54

    This looks great. Well done.

  18. #49 by lovelucie1 on March 23, 2019 - 08:21

    Wow!! I really love it. It looks quite perfect. Gorgeous choice of fabrics. What else can I say? You have every right to be completely smug! X

    • #50 by tialys on March 24, 2019 - 11:27

      It’s a nice (if rare) feeling.

  19. #51 by Lynn on March 23, 2019 - 09:20

    Well done you! now all you need is the weather to behave like its March instead of July so you can wear it!!!! X

    • #52 by tialys on March 24, 2019 - 11:26

      Perhaps I’ll nip over to the U.K. again for a few days.

  20. #53 by KerryCan on March 23, 2019 - 11:21

    You made a coat!! I knew you could–it turned out spectacularly well! I like the style a lot–if we can’t feel swing-y and twirly, what’s the point in life?! Now for the jeans . . .

    • #54 by tialys on March 24, 2019 - 11:26

      Hmm. I might wait a bit to tackle another pair of jeans as, before you know it, it’ll be too hot to wear them even if I do manage to make them less tight than the first pair.

  21. #55 by nottaholiday on March 25, 2019 - 03:30

    No wonder you’re chuffed, I would say you definitely conquered it…well done!

    • #56 by tialys on March 25, 2019 - 08:35

      Thank you – now on to the next challenge which I haven’t decided on yet.

  22. #57 by Laurie Graves on March 28, 2019 - 16:41

    I am in awe.

    • #58 by tialys on March 28, 2019 - 18:25

      Thank you – I don’t know why I left it so long to make one really.

      • #59 by Laurie Graves on March 29, 2019 - 14:49

        Well, it must have been a heck of a lot of work. That could be one reason. 😉

      • #60 by tialys on March 29, 2019 - 17:39

        It wasn’t actually as bad as I thought although the friend I was making it with, who has much more experience than me, is struggling a bit with hers. I think it’s probably because her fabric is thicker than mine – well, that’s what I told her to make her feel better anyway 😉

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