Today was one of those days that begin in neutral and head downhill. FAST.
TWENTY FREE PATTERNS.
My DD3 is very pleased with her warm wool coat. The fabric and the pattern (Marfy 1998) were her choice from my stashes. When I asked her to model for me, this is what I got.
This is my first Marfy Finished Object, having only made a muslin of Marfy 1313 which never got past the muslin stage because I hated the fabric I’d chosen for it. But that’s another story. This was a success from the beginning. I shortened this coat to make it “petite”, and narrowed the shoulders by about one inch. I also cut the coat without any seam allowances except for the CF and neck edges. It’s a swing coat, and it really swings from the back shoulders. See? It hangs pretty much straight down from the shoulders.The front has an open neckline and a beautiful double collar. I love this collar. The top collar is shorter and can be pulled up straight for warmth around the back of the neck if desired. The bottom collar is wool crepe from my stash, both upper and under collars interfaced to match the drape of the felted wool jersey. Single welt pockets and princess seams complete the pattern, along with two-piece sleeves. This was a very simple, straight-forward make. I must say I’m impressed with Marfy. Every single marking matched up perfectly, even with my grading the size down considerably. And the details are just so divine. The buttonholes are bound, and the sleeve cuffs and front facings are wool crepe, too.I interfaced the front and side fronts and the hem of the garment. No underlining, just nice warm satiny kasha lining. DD3 wore it for the first time today and commented on how nice it was to have a warm coat to wear given the miserable drizzly weather we had. I’m glad she likes it. The CF neckline sits about bust level, although I shortened it slightly, so a scarf is required. Not very practical, but this will only be worn on occasions where a ski jacket isn’t appropriate.And there you have it. Despite the goofy pictures with the cuffs fully extended, it fits DD3 well and hopefully will continue to fit her through the shoulders for the next couple of years as she grows. I left a little extra in the seam allowances so I can let it out a bit if I need to. Oh, and the pattern review is here.
I need to shorten the back waist by 2 inches – my usual adjustment. This is not the first Marfy pattern I’ve muslined (although the first one has lost all it’s appeal and languishes in a cut-out state – probably due to the fabric choice), and if these two experiences are any indication, I really like how Marfy drafts their shoulders.
The front is pulling forward, which means I have two options with this coat: shorten the back, or lengthen the front (do only the length adjustment of an FBA) to bring the side seams back to vertical position.
It’s too long. I didn’t muslin with hem allowances, so this is the prescribed length – about 4 inches below my knees. Disproportionate on me, so I’ll shorten it to my knees to begin with, with the possibility of going shorter. Who knows? I’ll wait and see. And what about those patch pockets? I really like pockets in my coats, but I’m really not a fan of patch pockets.
I like the idea of this coat, but it’s not going to work with my SWAP Harris tweed which I think would make up better in something much more tailored, so I may make this one up for fun from a thrifted wool plaid – all of $7.99 worth of it.