Having cosy 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 these days.
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 faraway lands.
But now that I make my own clothes, I do have more winter garments and I love all the woollen 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 spend every free minute stitching up some garment.
When she was about 3 she started playing with the machine making just a few stitches. And then over the years built 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, our 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 from RayStitch, they have a big choice of wool fabrics available, so are worth checking out.
The lining is a clearance linen fabric from the Organic Cotton Company.
The pattern is from the book 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, it’s still useful for the patterns 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.