Butterick 5824 »
InstructionsMake several muslns. Pattern has plenty of ease and I had to figure out how to get rid of much excess fabric. Especially in bodice back.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Classic, Retro / Vintage
What was your inspiration?
This pattern was made by Gretchen Hirsch aka Gertie. On Gertie's blog, she suggested a sew-along group on Flickr to make the coat. The group help was invaluable and inspiring.
What are you most proud of?
Finishing and fitting! The coat is voluminous with a circle skirt and the smallest size requires5 yds of fabric, plus lining and interlining. After determining where I needed to remove fabric from bodice, I pared down skirt panels as the large circle skirt overwhelmed my frame. I made bound buttonholes, designed my own collar to flip up and designed my own cuffs. Gertie adds posts with help on steps, but her schedule got way behind and I moved ahead and made it on my own because I want it finished for an upcoming trip.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Join the Flickr group, be prepared to make several muslins and the coat does take a lot of time. But I am very pleased with my end result.