Having cozy autumn garments really lifts my mood when days are getting colder, I especially need colours to brighten up grey days. Jackets and coats are my main focus now.
Before I started making my own clothes I used to have one coat that I wore for many winters, I just didn’t want to spend the money and rather saved it up for my next summer trip to far away lands.
But now that I make my own clothes, I do have more winter garments and I love all the woolen fabric available out there.
This jacket actually belongs to my 13 year old daughter. She made it herself with some help from me. She has grown up with the sewing machine, watching her mum make all of her clothes from babyhood.
When she was about 3 she started playing with the machine making just a few stitches. And then over the years build up her skills with little interference from me. Although it’s not that long ago that she made the switch from making doll’s clothes to making her own.
Of course, us home educating also helps. She has all the time she wants to practice and learn skills, study sewing magazines and books or use the internet for advice.
We used a mohair/wool blend fabric but sadly, it’s not availabel anymore, I bought it only 2 weeks ago. It’s from Dragonfly Fabrics, they have a big choice of boiled wool fabrics in many colours though, so they might still be worth checking out.
The lining is a clearance linen fabric from Organic Textile Company.
The pattern is from Coats and Jackets by Wendy Mullin. It has three basic patterns, the fitted jacket, the basic jacket and the straight coat and shows various adaptations and finishing techniques. We did change the pattern a bit, added length at arms and body pieces.
While it’s not the best book in terms of detailed explaining (and strangely the collar didn’t fit, it was too short), it’s still useful for the patterns (minus collars) and ideas on how to adapt a basic pattern. It’s the only book I could find on the topic.
Here is a boiled wool coat with felt appliqué which I made for my son last year.