#20 Georgia Outerwear Coat
Alterations: Shortened 2 inches below pocket placement line
This is such a great issue of Ottobre for women! I wish I could remember what this fabric was labeled as, but I remember "suede" was part of the description. The inside of the fabric definitely has that suede feel and texture, but the outside feels totally different. It makes such a lovely coat and is very light weight too! I took all that remained from the bolt and knew that it would be a challenge to make a coat from just shy of the 3 yards I was able to purchase. However, being 5'1 does have its advantages because I knew I would be shortening my pattern.
Ottobre calls this "super-easy" and perhaps it would have been if I had not decided to take the time to finish all my seams with bias binding. I took about 3 weeks from pattern tracing to installing the snaps, longer than I usually spend on any sewing project. I enjoyed taking my time on this one and made sure to stop sewing if I was tired.
I used black cord for the drawstring at the waist, which helped with my limited fabric amount. I also purchased a package of cord stops. This was not mentioned in the pattern materials, so I'm guessing Ottobre would have you just "tie" them together maybe? I like having the cord stops so the ends can hang loosely.
I decided to add snaps to the pocket flaps to keep them fastened down, using a total of 18 snaps for this jacket! I was able to eliminate 1 snap since I removed 2 inches from my length. These are nice, deep and roomy pockets.
The fabric has a crinkled look to it, so I was particularly careful when ironing so they weren't removed if it could be avoided.
The collar is one large rectangular piece of fabric. I like how you get a different look depending on whether you snap it up or leave it lying flat around your shoulders.
The instructions never said to cuff the sleeves. However, they look to be in the photo. If they aren't cuffed, they are extremely long. I secured each cuff with tiny stitching at the sleeve seam and at the other side of the cuff.
A hem is used as a casing for self-fabric ties at the very bottom. You can't see it in the photo, but there is about a 4 inch angled split between the base of the backside pattern pieces where the ties extend. You can barely see the CB seam of the jacket.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley