I love making coats! Really, I have a few in my closet and fabric to make 20 more. I just can`t help buying pretty wool fabrics. This cashmere was a totally unnecessary buy , but the price was good and the quality is just so nice .
The pattern is Lisette for Butterick B6385 , view C.
No big alterations, this pattern comes with cup sizes so I made a cup D, the darts were like 4 cm too low for me and I think ( I forgot already, that is not a good sign :) I had to make the sleeves 2 cm shorter than the pattern .
This is how the inside of the sleeve head looks on almost all my coats. I saw this in the book " Jackets for Real People" and staying the armholes with strips of muslin learned in Kenneth D. King's Craftsy class ( affiliate link) .
The coat is really warm , but I am not sure what to think about the collar...I like it but not to keep it up, but I think when the weather will be colder it will be nice to have it against the cold wind.
For the lining, I used a very nice quality satin, that it was meant to be a blouse or a dress but I think I am happier to use it for this project.
I had a difficult time deciding on wich buttons to use and finally I bought 3 times buttons for this coat and the third ones were these ones , pretty expensive but I think they are really nice.
I am surprised (in a good way ) how easy my sewing machines ... sewn this wool, sometimes a few layers, without any problems. Even the buttonholes were a breeze to make. I used for the main stitching and the buttonholes my Pfaff quilt expression 4.2 and for the topstitching ( Gutterman topstitching thread in the needle and regular thread in the bobbin ) a new Old Pfaff 125 .
This was a nice pattern to sew, all pieces fit nice, easy instructions and the cups sizes made it easy to fit too.