As frost begins to coat our morning commute to work, it’s time to start thinking about winter wardrobes. Everyone wants to be warm, but that doesn’t mean we want to sacrifice style. The Alyssum Coat is the newest free pattern we’re putting out at Mood and it’s the perfect thing to stay cozy chic this season. Inspired largely by Yigal Azrouël’s enveloping aesthetic, the garment features a pullover neckline topped with an over-sized cowl.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 4 yards Herno Navy Knit Wool Coating (Also available in Gray and Tan!)
- 1/4 yard Poplin or Pocketing
- MDF002 – The Alyssum Coat Pattern (Free download below!)
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This coat is a pullover, so it doesn’t require any buttons or zippers or closures. It mainly consists of two panels, which meet in the center back (like you see above) and fold toward the front to form the sides of the coat. There are also two front panels and lapels, which overlap in the front and are sewn into the cowl. Plus pockets. Who doesn’t want pockets?
To start, sew your front panels to the lapel inserts, like you see above. Line up each of your pocket panels with the darts on the pattern, right sides together.
Once your pocket panels are sewn into place, pin the front panels to each of the back/side panels, making sure to line up the darts and pockets. Sew down the sides, and around the pockets, like in the above photo. Do not sew your pockets shut! They should be hidden in the seam when you flip your garment to the right side, like below.
Line up the sleeve openings and darts along the shoulders and sew. To finish your sleeves, flip the ends in 1/2″ and hand-stitch. Sew your two back/side panels together along the center back seam, and then it’s time for facings!
This coat is super cozy and chunky, so adding a full lining could make it a little too bulky. Instead, I faced just the front two panels and the back/side bottom hem. Sew the hem facing first, fold it inward and slip-stitch the top along the inside of the garment.
Sew the front facing along the center front and bottom of the front panel, flip it toward the inside of the coat and slip-stitch along the side seam, where you see the pins in the above photo.
Lastly, you need to attach the cowl. I recommend sewing each cowl panel separately along the short side of the rectangle. You should be left with two tubes that can fit around the neckline of your coat. Match up the seams and sew them, right sides together, along one of the long sides.
Like in the above photo, sew one of the tubes to the neckline of your garment. The center back seams should be aligned and the front lapel inserts should evenly overlap. Fold the cowl facing inward and slip-stitch it along the neckline.
I absolutely adore this pattern. It’s the perfect stylish look for a crisp walk through Central Park, or it can be made with a bamboo fleece for a more street style vibe. I can’t tell which I would love more! I’m probably going to be making ten of these.
What sort of style are you going to make yours? I’d love to hear your plans in the comments!