The Statement Coat, completed

Yay! My Statement Coat is finished. Not only can I FINALLY check something off my Top 10 Sewing Projects list, but I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

It seems I have veered away from completing projects on the Top 10 list, and instead made floral skirts and dresses, and stocked up on vintage patterns. No wonder I’m lacking Me-Made wardrobe basics for May.

After my lovely readers gave their feedback, I decided on the Lady Grey pattern from Colette Patterns for this pretty turquoise wool. (Thanks again to everyone who sent me their suggestions!)

On the night I checked the mail after work and the pattern was in my mailbox, I got so excited I started cutting right away!

I debated making a muslin, or at least a test coat, but impatience won and I cut directly into the wool. Yes, I like to live on the edge when it comes to sewing. Mostly I don’t have enough time to sew as it is, and wanted to get started!

And look – it turned out just fine! More than fine, I think it’s so beautiful. This coat is the most flattering style, and it sews up so nicely.

I even did bound buttonholes! There were only two to contend with, and one is hidden, so I went for it. I’ll do a bound buttonhole how-to guide in a future post. It’s not as hard as you might think, and results in a professional, tidy buttonhole.

The wide tie belt is awesome, it uses a ton of fabric but totally worth it for dramatic effect. I love that it cinches in for a hourglass silhouette, perfect over dresses and skirts!

I’m even happy with the lining I chose – a printed satin polyester with the exact colour of turquoise in the squares.

Love the wide collar, love the flared skirt, love the bright colour! I’m really happy with the results.

This coat will get lots of love during Me-Made-May!

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24 Responses to The Statement Coat, completed

  1. Ms.Cleaver April 21, 2010 at 6:33 am #

    Holy Moly that coat is beautiful! And the color is fantastic on you. Methinks I need to make a second round of Collette Pattern purchases soon :)

  2. Erica April 21, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Tasia, it’s beautiful! Great job; the color does look wonderful on you and the cut is very flattering! Just look at that teeny tiny waist!! Wonderful choice for the lining; it is a very nice compliment to the wool. :)

  3. Monet April 21, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    I had a minor freak-out when I saw this in my reader! You truly did this coat justice. I hope you send a photo of it to Sarai immediately…I bet she will fall in love with her own pattern all over again. :)

    I never really liked this pattern before, but now I can’t get it out of my head…what a beautiful job you did!

  4. The Cupcake Goddess April 21, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    Oh my gosh! I love the color and it looks so lovely on you! The sillhouette is stunning on you too! Gorgeous all around!

  5. sulovessew April 21, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    You totally wow me, it looks like a designer ooat straight out of a runway, wow….

  6. helen ethel studio April 21, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Love love love!!! This coat is gorgeous!! You did an amazing job. I want to make one now :)

  7. Ali April 21, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    this is stunning! really beautiful. and it looks fabulous you.

    i’ve been salivating over this pattern for a while but am trying to be patient for fall, when the weather will require it and and my sewing skills have improved. but now you may have just inspired me to start sooner. :)

  8. Stacy April 21, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Hi! I just found your blog the other day via The Cupcake Goddess, and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve never made a coat before, but this post is inspiring to do it! Love the choice of lining.

  9. Clare April 21, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    this is really beautiful – well done! The colour and style suit you perfectly. I also love this pattern but not sure I’m the right shape for it. Oh well, looks great on you!

  10. Debi April 21, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    LOVE the coat! It looks FABULOUS on you! The color is fantastic and the lining is great. I can’t wait for the bound buttonhole tutorial….I haven’t done any of those yet!

  11. Bissy April 21, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Looks great on you! This is my favorite version of this coat I’ve seen. Can’t wait for the bound buttonhole tutorial either. They’re one thing that stymies me.

  12. Angela April 21, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Wonderful coat! I snatched up this pattern as soon as it first came out… now I’m waiting to come across the perfect fabric for it. Yours is so wonderful!

  13. Jessica April 21, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Ok, now you’ve done it – I’m going to have to make this coat, and it wasn’t even on my list before! It looks beautiful on you, and I’m very impressed with the fit without a muslin!

  14. ~Sherry~ April 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    It looks fantastic Tasia! Gorgeous colour on you and what a versatile style – quite flamboyant, yet wearable. Love it!

  15. Sofia April 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm #


    Beautiful! It’s retro without being overly so, and can be super modern and chic at the same time. It fits you like a dream, and the colour is perfect with your skin and hair!!!

    Love it!!! I want to sew my coat now!

  16. Brumby April 21, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    Wow I have seen this jacket on a few sights but none have I liked as much as yours. I bought a tweed the other week and have being trying to think of what coat style to make it, I think I may just have made up my mind thanks to your inspiration!

  17. Suzie April 22, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    Wow – this coat is fantastic, you did an amazing job. It looks totally professional. Gorgeous!

  18. amelie /mydaruma April 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    you look great and this colour is fabulouse. I’ve been thinking about making this coat but first wanted to see what other sewers would make of it. Yours is lovely and i migt go for this pattern too now… Well, it’s summery here at the moment so maybe i’ll wait until autumn…

  19. Angie April 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    Wow it turned out so spectacular! Great work!!

  20. Tasia April 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving your thoughts!! Wore this coat out today and got a ton of compliments, too. People couldn’t believe I made it, to me that’s a sign of a successful sewing project :)

  21. Karin (the Mrs.) April 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Love, love, love that coat. The colour is gorgeous and the shape is just beautiful. You look fabulous in it!

  22. Jaime May 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    I just found your blog so I didn’t get to vote on which coat, but I’m so excited you chose the one I would have voted for. Absolutely wonderful – great style, great statement! Beautiful!


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