Friday, December 3, 2010

Gertie's coat sew along : THE COAT!

Yes, yes, yes, I am done with my crazy marathon!

My Gertie-Sew-Along-Inspired-Coat.

I thought that this coat would never see the outside of my apartment. But it did, and it got baptized in the first snow! It actually felt warmer then I thought it would be. I have already written so much about it and I decided to do a "Pattern Review" kind of format.

Winter in The Netherlands

Pattern: "Nanette" from Ottobre magazine (fall/winter, 2010/2011).

Pattern Sizing: from 34 to 46 (European sizes). I have upgraded the whole thing to a size 48, and then added an FBA, and then upgraded the waist and hips area.


Description: it is described as a "feminine pea coat".

Love the sleeves

Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Like in the magazine, yes!

Love the back too!

Fabric: Mustard thin wool I got for 20 euros (2 meters).

Joy oh Joy!

Lining: 100% cotton yellow/white/brick pattern.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I had a small issue at first as the instructions were in a hard and technical Dutch and I didn't understand the subtleties. But Ottobre has sent me the English instructions. However, in the end, I just followed Gertie's instructions...

My lovely lining

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the wide collar and lapel, the back belt, and the pea coat shape. Also, it was nice and easy to upgrade.My only real issue had to do with the length of the sleeves.

Don't you love the deco?

I even have a hook to hang it!

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: some upgrading from the waist down, and an FBA. I have added a cute hem decoration too. I have also shortened the sleeves to avoid a "box-effect".

Nice and cosy and warm!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am still discovering the infinite sewing patterns. And when coats are concerned, I want to try others. However, I would completely recommend this pattern.

What about Gertie's Sew-Along? I am so happy that I took part. I have learned so much doing this. There is a point right after the muslin process where I was going to quit, but my Mister gave me a little nudge at the right time. I will completely refer back to the Sew-Along later, when I'll sew another coat or jacket!

I feel so happy that it is finished, and really proud of myself for not quitting! Also, every time I wear the it, my Mister keeps on saying "that is such a nice coat". It's so cute!

What do you think of it?


  1. That coat is really cute--and yes, I do love the deco! Congratulations on completing your marathon.

  2. Looks fabulous! You should be very proud. So much went in to this awesome pea coat. I love the mustard and red combo. Your posts inspired me to get back to it. I've been having a little "mini-marathon" of my own and the end is in sight!

  3. Its great to see it finished. Looks really good on you. I like the back also. The sew along from Gertie was fab but looked very complicated to me.

  4. Fantastic coat. The coat is very flattering and has nice design details. I also love the color. Bright and fun!

  5. That turned out so great! And it looks awesome on you. =)

  6. Beautiful coat in a very special color that suits you very well. Great result!
    And you've been sewing a year? Astonishing.

  7. I love it! The color is awesome and it fits you so perfectly. Nice job :)


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