Sometimes sewing plans take a while to come together. I was given a long wool coat by my Aunt over 2 years ago, she knew I’d appreciate the pure wool fabric, and would put it to good use.
It was Made in Ireland by the label ‘William Lett’ approx 35 yrs ago, and despite being worn in the 80’s to Weddings and Funerals alike – other than the lining and foam shoulder pads coming apart – it was in almost perfect condition.
I had thought about altering the shoulders and trying to change the collar etc, but I knew it still wouldn’t be my style, so I put it away for a while.
Then this pattern caught my eye:
So in November I took the coat apart at the seams and tried to fit as many of the pattern pieces as possible.
Despite the length of the original coat, I was left with only small scraps once I had cut and pieced some of the panels.
The front panels have an extra vertical seam, the sleeves have a longer cuff panel than on the pattern and the inside facings are also pieced together.
It’s a great pattern and I seem to fit Mccalls size 10 quite well – despite my measurements matching up with the size 12 on the envelope. (my measurements are approx 34-29-36)
I did take the shoulders in a little, they are cut to be a dropped style, but this doesn’t suit my straight shoulders so I took them in about 1.5 cm to sit on my shoulder.
Below after altering. I also love the lower curved hem detail:
Other than a few swear words while attaching the snaps (they kept popping off as soon as I tested them – I was being too gentle with the hammer 😂), I loved making this.
I know for me as a teenager (and sometimes as an Adult!), buying new fabric wasn’t an option due to finances/shop locations, so I had to come up with other ways of feeding my hobby! I enjoyed the extra jigsaw puzzle element too!
It’s nice to prolong the life of this fabric, and good to show alternatives to buying new fabric!