The Maker's Atelier shawl collat coat | a review

IMG_1244 I love this coat and it's the second one I've made.  The first was what I called a wearable toile as I dived right in and cut out the pattern without reading the instructions, this is designed to be made with a none freyable fabric such as boiled wool or Melton and I used a divine wool & mohair coating, warm, soft and with a little stretch.  So with my mistake the arms felt a little short, although no one would notice - I did.  So when I found a beautiful navy wool melton at the Sewing Bee Live show in September I jumped at it.



Pattern: The Maker's Atelier Shawl Collar Coat.

Fabrics: Navy Wool Melton and anti static satin lining.

Pattern description:  Unlined raw edged coat with snap fastenings.

Notions: I used epic polyfil 80, Prym Chalk wheel mouse (utterly brilliant), plastic snaps.

Pattern Sizing:  Good sizing, I cut a size 12.

Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?  Yes.

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?  It was a straight forward, easy make.  I love how simple and clear the Maker's Atelier patterns are.   Only advice, read the pattern before cutting out to stop you making the same mistake as me.

Did I make  any pattern alterations or design changes?  The only changes I made were to add a lining, in seam pockets and added hem allowances for length 10cm and sleeves 5cm.   Straight forward to do and if your uncertain, the Maker's Atelier does have a journal piece in how to make a lining.

Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, would make again and it is a great well written pattern.  And if you've never made a coat, it's a brilliant pattern to start with.

Conclusion:  I love the simple clean lines of this coat, can wear it any where and it always looks smart.  I love the way one can put up the collar for a different look and its great for colder, blustery days.

below is the coat I made before to compare, tricky to see the details but its super warm and cosy.