My First Coat!

I’m very excited about my latest make because I have finally made my first coat!

I have always loved duffle coats so I was very excited when the Tilly and the Buttons Eden Coat was released because it had duffle coat and raincoat options.

Around the time it was released, my local Spotlight store also started stocking some really nice shell fleece fabrics which were relatively cheap, so I was really excited to try this pattern. I went for the short version of the coat and because of the type of fabric, I went for a raincoat style.

Given that the fabric I chose was a shell fleece, it seemed like a waste to cover up the soft fleecy inside, so I chose to omit the lining and instead finish seams with bias binding and a machine blanket stitch.

I went with a navy metal zip and copper press studs. I found it relatively easy to add these to the jacket, but I did find that the press studs I used really don’t work very well, so in future I think I will spend a bit more on higher quality press studs. In future I will also apply interfacing because I forgot this time.

I used a navy panama suiting fabric for the hood lining and the facings which worked very well. Instead of making the hanging loop out of shell fabric or lining fabric, I used red ribbon.

I chose to go for the plain pockets with pocket flaps and included both the front and back storm flaps and I am really happy with how they turned out.

Whilst I did have to do a few things differently because I chose to not include a lining, I was really happy with this pattern. There weren’t too many pattern pieces to cut out, and the instructions were very easy to follow.

I am definitely keen to make this pattern again, however I might make the pattern a little wider at the hips, particularly if I make the longer version. I am also keen to make a lined version.

I’m very happy with how this coat turned out! I’m not sure how much wear it will get though because it is nearly Summer in Australia. Now that I have seen how easy this pattern was to make, I am a little disappointed that I put off making it for such a long time!

Thanks for reading!

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