Aunt Emily

Emily Bowyer Hammel was my father's older sister. She was the dearest person I've ever known. Over several adolescent summers, she patiently taught me how to sew and how to cook. I loved her. Sadly, she has been gone these few years and I miss her very much. However, I am carrying on her legacy of sewing and trying to carry on her legacy of caring.

Saturday, May 24

The Great Coat Sew Along

Marji ( has put together the Great Coat Sew Along for those who would like to make a winter coat. She has sent out invitations and has about 50-60 people who have joined. More to come apparently. I have been crazy enough to sign up! Some people are doing two or three, but I don't think I will have that much time. However, I love the idea of "sewing with the stars" - building a community of women working on the same projects. Marji has broken the various activities down by month so that the coats will be completed by the end of September.

Last winter, at the clearance sales, I finally bought a long, grey wool winter coat that is comfy and warm on really cold days (and for $25 on clearance, there was no way I could make it). But, here in southern Ohio, that is about six or eight weeks of wear at the most. There are a lot of other days in November, early December, February and March where a warm, but lighter coat would fit the bill. When I was in Vancouver I succumbed to the allure of a carnation pink wool shawl that I thought would be great for the transitional times, but a real coat would be nice. .

I am considering two Burda Plus coats and a Butterick and a for this sew along. I will probably have to get fabric after I decide on the pattern.

First, is this coat from the current BP magazine. It is described as having "witty poachers pockets, a large, sophisticated collar" - and I sure could use more wit and sophistication in my life. Plus if it will make me a foot taller and blonde like the model, I'm all for it!



The lighter color coat is a stretch satin and the dark a linen. I think it could be nice in a very lightweight wool or wool/silk mix. I would consider the pictured fabric from Fashion Fabric Club, described as "Solid Aqua Blue Jacket Weight Coating Fabric Suitable for Coats 80% Wool 20% Linen 60" Wide" of the teal "Solid Turquoise Jacket Weight Wool Coating Fabric Suitable for Jackets & Light Weight Coats 100% Wool 54" Wide"

Secondly, I'm thinking about this one from the Fall/Winter 07/08 Burda Plus. It has overcast seams and from the directions, I think they are talking about flat-felled seams. It is hard to tell, which may or may not cause difficulties. It is made from double-faced wool, which may be a bit warm for what I want. I suppose I could use the pattern and make a lining and not use double face. I did see some wool on Fabricmart that was double-faced black and aqua, which I thought would be nice, but . . . only 2 yards left! So that is out

Finally, I bought this pattern for a Butterick coat last winter, but haven't done anything with it. I quite like the long white view with the notch in the color. And the big portrait collar is lovely. I also like the assymetrical closing. A cream or pastel color wool would be nice, or either of the fabrics above in the first coat.

So my team of trusted advisors, what do you think? With which should I go ? All comments and ideas welcome.


Claire said...

Hmmm...I think all 3 patterns are nice, each has interesting details. I'm partial to the Butterick for the more classic lines, but I love the trendiness of the Burda patterns. Did you like any patterns Marji listed on her site? I'm thinking about making the Simplicity Threads pattern that has been discontinued. Although the fabric I'm using was previously purchased for the Vogue with the funky collar. I don't have the numbers in front of me right now. ;o)

I ordered my lining and the heavy-weight muslin Marji recommended. I think I will underline the entire coat also for additional warmth.

Sven said...

Good Job! :)

Anonymous said...

My opinion is if we go thru the trouble of making a beautiful project, make a timeless one. With that being said, go for the Butterick pattern.
If you want fashionable, go for the white, mid-length with the notched collar. If you want to use this for work and more formal events, go for the double breasted long coat. Hope this helps.