A short detour
It occurred to me that there were a couple of other things to delve into before attacking the bonded sherpa pattern, that will help in your selection of the right pattern and fabric for you.
More on fabric
In reviewing my stash of coat patterns I noticed a number are made with fleece, precipitating the need for a few observations. I promise that you will find, working with fleece is a love-hate relationship. And, quite frankly, on a large person, it should be used sparingly.
NOTICE-- the leopard print coat in the McCalls 4975 pattern. In fact, this may be why many of these fleece patterns have been abandoned this year for felted fabrics or sherpa.
Double stitched, sewing flat the seam
Negatives about fleece.
1. It is a knit fabric and must be sewn in a manner discussed in my blog on knit sweaters.
2. It is a bulky fabric and will add volume.
3. Because it is a knit, you will not get sharp lines but saggy ones. This can be minimized by double stitching your seams.
4. As most coats are long, the fleece will eventually sag at the hem because of the fabric weight, giving you an irregular hem. Again this can be minimize by double stitching the hem.
5. Although not an immediate problem, unless you are making a number of coats, it is worth observing--during winter at the fabric store I worked, cutters at the apparel counter consistently came down with sinus and respiratory problems. Eventually we realized this was due to the fleece. The dust created from cutting any fabric is not good, but the polyester dust from the fleece seems to be particularly harmful. Therefore, as a caution, clean your area each time you finish to avoid problems.
Positives about fleece
1. It requires no finishing
2. It can be used for a number of projects
3. Light weight, but warm
4. Can be washed repeatedly with no shrinkage or fading. In fact, my sewing thread has worn out before the fabric. This is why I will use a heavy duty polyester for many of my projects.
5. It is the only fabric that has survived Bruin--incredibly durable.
Selecting a Pattern
There is a wonderful selection of very easy winter coat patterns available this year, most of which will not take more than a day from cutting to finish. I have all of my selections on pinterest, but here are a few I have fallen in love with.
You will notice there is a "robust" selection of vogue. It has been my experience, that yes, with vogue you can end up with patterns that have you making french button holes, or felting your own fabric to make a jacket. But, the directions are so much better than the other pattern makers, that you actually can make your own fabric or french button holes. Many times I have been left without a step by Simplicity, and McCall's and Butterick are not that much better. All the pattern makers have 1-800 number to call, but it is nice to start with a pattern you can trust has been "vetted."
I have provided a variety of styles to try and accommodate body type, but the irregular hem lines and bold accents across the front, whether, draping fabric, large irregular collars or fur, present attractive options for all body types, tall, full figured and or large.
The large collar and double breast breaks up the front nicely. The coat length goes below the hips . B 5685
Kwick sew 3978, This coat shows the soft but clean lines the bonded sherpa has over the fleece.
V1476, Who wouldn't notice you in this coat, elegant, dramatic, but probably best woren by a tall and or large woman. Shorter women will have to make sure the length is shortened for your height.
V8780, I went with the shorter version, and regret it. I will have to put weights in the hem because it hangs wrong around the rear wrong, but otherwise, a fun coat.
S1254, dramatic and tailored around the waist, wonderful look.
The same is true with this Vogue 8307 pattern.
V1346 I love this coat. Fabric stores have now started carrying faux leather of varrying weights. Don't forget to check out the home decor section for more variety and texture. Most of this fabric is not double sided.
V 8930, The contrasting fabrics in this pattern allow you to make good use of contouring and shaping your look.
Burda 6992, Burda apparently owns the European market, and their styles more reflect that. Always refreshing and fun. The pattern is made for persons 5'9", so tall women do not have to make adjustments.
M 6800, The irregular length in the back, full skirt of the coat, and tailored waist would look stunning on a tall, large woman.
M 5939, Wow, isn't this great! The buttons could prove to be a little work with thick fabric, but you can always sew the buttons on, and use large snaps to close the coat.
B 5716, Everything old is new again, and the pattern sews up like a charm. My mother made this for me (from the original pattern I might add), I will admit to more than 20 years ago. It is still being produced by Butterick.
s 1758, Half an hour of work and you have a sherpa jacket that you could spend days looking for in a store and never find.
Well this should be enough to get you started looking. Next week, we get down to "bare bones," and sew the bonded sherpa coat. Thank you for the visit. Please check out my jewelry selections--begin the New Year with a new look.