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.
Pattern description: Unlined raw edged coat with snap fastenings.
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.