I needed a new long wool coat, well let me restate, not a new one, I just needed one. A long wool coat that was warm and stylish was something I needed and wanted. I ordered Mood Fabrics’ Italian Ocean Blue Wool/Cashmere Coating and Rumba Red Lining, I think it makes a beautiful combination. I love this cashmere/wool, it is so soft and warm and I love how wool sews, not to mention it comes in twelve colors and the lining comes in five colors.
Now that I had my wool, I went in search of the pattern, I went with Butterick 6720, I loved the collar, the belt and the length. I also liked the fact no buttonholes, which I liked with the thicker wool.
The Wool/Cashmere is reorderable, which is a very good thing….. I didn’t order enough the first time. I quickly went to Mood Fabrics and ordered the extra yardage.
While making this jacket, I added structure to the inside, interfacing, horsehair canvas, sleeve heads and shoulder pads.
This fabric is 1/16th inch thick, so it took a bit more steps to construct. on all the seams, I used a hand catchstitch to keep the seams flat. I also basted the seam allowance on the pockets so they would stay in place while I topstitched them. After the pockets were attached to the coat, I removed the basting.
I did lengthen my stitch to 3.5 for the topstitching
The back of this pattern is just a classic look and I like the coat is not oversized at all, just a classic fit and look
The lining was not drafted with a back pleat for ease , so I changed the back pattern piece to allow of this. Grainline Studio has an amazing tutorial for a coat lining, certain areas we need to add some seam allowance to make a better lining. Check it out, it is so good
One other item was missing in this coat, no belt loops, so I added them. I measured the width of the belt and made the belt loops long enough to accommodate the belt. No worries about losing my belt.
One thing about this coat, it is warm. It was 20 degrees when I took these photos and I was very toasty!