Saturday, November 10, 2012

Butterick 5824, Finished!

Hi all! As promised, here are pics of me modeling my finished version of Butterick 5824. To see all the posts on the making of this coat, please click here.

I'm loving this coat! My only regret is the way I did the contrast band on the collar. I now realize it would have been wiser to wrap the black bias band around to the bottom of the collar so you can't see the undercollar fabric peeking out. My method would have worked in a thinner fabric, but this one is so thick that you can see the layers of the collar, despite my best pressing, basting, and steaming efforts. Live and learn?

I'm already scheming another version of this coat, in a lightweight wool. The lace/boiled wool fabric I used here has a lot of body, and I'd love to have a drapey version that could double as a dress. Perhaps in a silver-colored wool gabardine?
The fit came out nicely, though with a bit more ease in the waistline than I anticipated. This works well for outerwear, but for my dress version, I'll be nipping in the waist a bit.
The whole thing is lined in Kasha satin (flannel-backed lining fabric) so it's very warm.

I can't wait to wear it out on the town!



Thanks to all who are participating int he sew-along. I can't wait to see your versions!

54 comments:

  1. Love that coat! My dressmaking skills are still primary level, but I am so inspired. It's good to know that superior skills are attainable.

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  2. Just beautiful!
    I think it will also make a really pretty dress.

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  3. It's simply beautiful and so chic!!!

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  4. It is so very flattering! Looks so cozy but stylish. I particularly love the flare of the skirt in the back. Great job. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. The coat turned out wonderfully! You picked great fabric.

    Ivy
    http://eviestearoom.blogspot.com/

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  6. Beautiful, the fit looks good on you, I love the drape of the skirt, the fabric, Gertie, you`re so nifty with the needle. Well done!

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  7. Yay! Good job, the coat looks very romantic and nostalgic. If it snows in NY this winter you should definitely take a carriage ride in the central park.. and take lots of pic too. I love the mood of it.

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  8. it is absolutely gorgeous!! I cannot wait to make one myself. so elegant, so stylish. It's worth a standing applause :)

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  9. Oh my, so chic! If you want to practice the collar again (and challenge your size-grading skills), I'll send you my measurements, and you can make one for me, K?

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  10. WOW! very pretty! it's very elegant and so girly, I like the shape of it.

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  11. Great! I do like the contrasting trim.

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  12. Beautiful coat!

    Do you take your completed jackets and coats to the dry cleaners for a final press?

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  13. It is so beautiful! I really love the contrast on the collar, and I think the undercollar peeking out looks intentional, like piping.
    I love how elegant your pattern and fabric are... good choice!

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  14. It's gorgeous. Love the fabric and the trim. The skirt of the coat falls beautifully. Thanks for sharing. When our winter comes nearer I'm going to give it a go myself. Congratulations of such a fabulous piece.

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  15. So elegant! The drape of the skirt is perfect. You are so talented and inspiring!

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  16. Wow! What a fabulous coat! I love those shoes with it too. I can't wait to see the dress version.
    ~Claire

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  17. Gertie, I like the look of the narrow edge of undercollar fabric. Although you didn't share a close-up photo, I think it looks elegant!

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  18. Wow! Your coat is so elegant and feminine. The edge of the under collar peeking out gives a piped effect, which I like. Your blog inspires me to tackle more difficult sewing projects. I love your shoes, they look straight out of the 40's.

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  19. absolutely gorgeous! i can't wait till i can sew as pro as you :)

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  20. Beautiful and practical. Always a perfect combination.

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  21. I think your version is nicer on you than the royal blue one that the model is wearing.

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  22. Beautiful!! Some Dapper Dan (or Jazzy Jeff) better take you out for a night on the town in that coat! Congrats on finishing it!

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  23. beautiful!!! mine is kind of in time out. love the rosie pics ;D

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  24. te quedo hermoso el abrigo!!!!!!!!!!!!! me encanta!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. Wow! The coat looks fabulous! Love the backside view: the skirt falls beautifully. You rock yet again!

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  26. Wow it is really amazing! Now I have something to aim for, maybe in a year I can make a coat like that, but then again on a high school budget I can't afford satin and wool. I will be heading out to the garment district next week, unfortunately there are only three or four stores open Sundays, the only dayI can go. I will be going to Prime, Chic and Paron fabrics in the W.37th area. Anyone here havesuggestions for getting the best bargains?

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    1. Definitely check out the 50% off section at Paron's--it's all the way in the back. And don't forget your student ID--they'll give you a discount!

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    2. Thanks! I will definitely remember. I am going with two friends who are even more beginner than me, I think one wants to make loose lounging pants, but as for me, I am almost finished with a pencil skirt, this time it fits perfectly, and I have no other projects in mind after, so I am thinking it is gonna be kinda spontaneous, like ooo ah, those fabrics are nice, can I have two yards?

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  27. It turned out really beautifully! The shape is has on you is gorgeous!

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  28. Congratulations - it looks amazing!

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  29. Hi Gertie,

    I really LOVE this coat you made.
    I am going to buy your book.

    Greetings from The Netherlands

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  30. WOW!Looks amazing!Love the coat!

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  31. It's fabulous! I have a black brocade one in very much the same style and I love the way it nips in the waist and the flow of the skirt.

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  32. Pip Pip,

    You look spiffing! Excellent job honeybun.
    xxxx

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  33. Stunning! Can't wait to finish mine :)

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  34. You look absolutely stunning in your coat.

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  35. What an amazing, beautiful coat, and you look great in it!

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  36. Beautiful coat!! Classic and beautifully tailored.
    TFS!!

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  37. so stunning! i love it. your amazingly skilled!

    Barnicles

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  38. Absolutely love this...trying to think of a way I can make this work with some forest green lightweight wool I purchased recently!

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  39. Very beautiful coat! Love it!!

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  40. I love your coat it is really pretty. I found a royal blue wool similar to the model and made it in that. I just love the fit and the style

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Thanks for your comments; I read each and every one! xo Gertie

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