This is a wrap coat that I made last year from Burdastyle pattern #103 10/2012.
You need a double-sided fabric or at least a fabric with a decent looking reverse side to make this unlined coat because the reverse of the fabric shows on the huge collar. I used a dense, slightly felted wool knit fabric that I found at the Hollander Stoff Market and even though I needed the best part of three metres to make this, the coat is still lightweight.
The construction of the coat was relatively easy. The only challenging part for me was hemming around the outer edge and getting the mitered corners finished off nicely. A quick check of my ‘Reader’s Digest – Complete Guide to Sewing’ on mitering soon remedied that though – it’s easy when you know how!
The pattern has some nice design features such as the side in-seam pockets and front shaping darts.
As is often the case for me with Burdastyle, the sizing was a bit generous. This is the smallest size 36 and the fit is ok on the shoulders, but I feel this style swamps my smaller frame. I didn’t alter anything, although the sleeves need shortening by a good five centimetres – I’ve just got them turned in here.
I’m not satisfied with the self fabric belt either – I think widening it would make it look better, it just isn’t balanced as it is.
I hope I’ll have better luck next time! I’m finishing off a coat muslin that I’ll post later this week.
Have you made a coat this winter? Are you happy with how it turned out?