I was thrilled when sisterMAG Patterns reached out to me and asked me to choose one of their patterns to feature on Instagram. After perusing through their website I finally settled on the Unlined Coat Pattern 52-3 as my first choice, believe me there will be others!
Whether the pattern is a classic coat like this one, a jacket, dress, blouse or trousers sisterMAG has you covered. No matter what your choice, you will find patterns that are elegant and stylish. Their designs allow you to design just the right piece to suit any occasion or fabric.
The style of this coat is reminiscent of the classic styling from the 60's. The shawl collar and fitted upper bodice flows into a long minimalist design, just the ticket for the elegant fabric I had in mind. I knew that I wanted a long coat to show off this amazing brocade fabric from Minerva. It was important to me that it was unlined in order to show off the reverse side of the fabric, a beautiful gold lame. When I saw the unlined 52-3 coat I knew instantly it was the perfect choice.
The coat itself calls for a fabric with stand as the crisp design of the coat calls for structure and definition. The cut of the coat is simple with a raglan style sleeve, shawl collar and simple three button closure. The coat itself has a wide A-line cut, I chose to grade this down a little bit, preferring a narrow look for such a dynamic fabric.
The fabric is a metallic woven brocade, a perfect choice for this style of coat.
It is a beautiful lurex woven fabric that really catches the light when it moves! The floral design is full of colour and detail, reminiscent of summer cabbage roses. I chose the Green-Purple combination, it also comes in Orange-Green and Pink-Purple, all of which have the same glamourous metallic shine. This is definitely a special occasion kind of fabric, but as you can see, I think it has a fantastic street style vibe paired with jeans and boots.
This pattern is a relatively simple sew. sisterMAG has just recently updated the instructions with illustrations which really helps! They have also increased their size range to Size 50 (US Size 20) and the pattern can be printed in colour and as a trimless pdf. All wonderful additions to make this an even nicer pattern to use. The coat has a lot of ease throughout the bustline (approximately 10" by my calculation) and an A-Line design through the bodice to the hemline. I cut out a size 44 through the shoulders but graded down the bodice and hips to a 38. I also graded down the width of the sleeve as well. If I had used a plainer fabric I would have kept more of this additional width.
For my make I choose to simplify the pocket and create an inseam pocket so that I could keep the lines of the coat very simple. The pattern takes you through a series of more complex steps to create a piped pocket with a velvet edge option.
The sleeves can be worn wrist length with a rolled cuff and the instructions include directions to add velvet trim as a sumptuous detail here as well. With being tall I always prefer a full length sleeve so I lengthened the sleeve by 10" to allow for a larger folded cuff that balanced the overall look of the coat. I love the vintage feature button that I chose to stay in-keeping with the 60's style. I mixEd and matched other lucite buttons from my favourite local button store.
I think this coat is a huge success and I plan to wear it to several events. I will be pairing it with a sheath dress and wearing it to my nephew's fall wedding next year, and it will be the basis of a fun concert outfit when I go to see Elton John live on his farewell tour.
The style of the coat combined with this tremendous fabric will always offer me a fun, stylish fashion choice that will endure time and will be worn to celebrate many special occasions.
This is a classic pattern that offers many options for jacket designs. I know this won't be the last time I make it. After all.... There is Sew Much To Design.