Monday, November 16, 2015

I Would Like to Be...The Outerwear Queen!

Long before I started sewing I would have conversations with friends and while many of us were shoe lovers, most of them were also bag lovers.

I don't care about bags.

I buy one $40 bag, preferably in a neutral, and carry it til it dies.

But outerwear. Oh how I love outerwear!!!

I have at least a 15 outerwear pieces in my closet. I have a whole closet for my outerwear!

Happily, I am up to 5 handmade outerwear items! Well, that number will be changing in the near future! LOL!!!

I'd just posted on Instagram to day how happy I am that this coat fits again.

I scored it for $30 on clearance at JC Penney one year, after seeing it for $140 at Macy's on clearance. I think I bought this coat in '07 or '08 but I think it still wears really well.

It has a bubble hem, slightly puffed sleeves gathered at the wrists and a funnel collar. So feminine and so much to love! 

And then someone posted on PR about a OOP/Vintage outerwear sale on EBay (Here, NAYY), where I managed to buy this little lovely:


S8975, Vintage 1970s trench

And then I was minding my own business and saw that Closet Case Files released a new pattern, the Clare.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of their patterns and don't follow the blog. It was an IG post that hipped me and OHMYGOSH I have to have it!!!!! I think both coats can fit in with my extensive collection!



IMO, *THIS* is the kind of interest I think of when I consider dropping major bucks --which I consider an $18 pattern -- on an Indie. So many things are not interesting enough to warrant stepping out of the Big4 box. And I don't seem to have the problems with Big4 that many complain about. I sew "my" size, I make "my" adjustments, and by and large, that formula works!

Now, I'm not saying "this is the most innovative thing in the history of all the things ever and that no coat pattern like this has ever been made ever in history."

Yes, I am being difficult! I'm just saying, It is cute, it's different, and looks like it'd be fun to sew and wear. Winner!


Good thing I haven't been buying fabric!!! 

30 comments:

  1. Is the fushcia pink coat a pattern or in a shop? It's late here in London and I think I've read the post three times and am still missing your point.

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  2. Okay I've figured it out. I too want to make this coat. We could do it together!

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  3. I'm with you re bags. My sister is a bag girl but I could stay with one I loved till it dies. I am with you re dropping big money for a patter but I like the pink coat as it is just out of the ordinary, but I am sure I saw one recently in a Burda or maybe a different pattern magazine review. It's like a coat/cape.

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  4. Yeah, I'm not a bag person either, but I could totally go for having an outerwear wardrobe.

    I tested the Clare and was really impressed with the pattern. I made View A for my test version, but I want a View B coat, too.

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    1. Very cool Michelle! Can't wait to see yours!

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  5. I'm with you on the Big 4! I do fine with them. I have to make adjustments, but I've never met an indie pattern I didn't have to make adjustments on, anyways. At least I find the Big 4 more predictable in what adjustments I will need to make. And they have such a broad range of patterns, it seems the basics are pretty covered. $18 (plus either printing and taping time or postage to Australia!) is a lot! I do have indie patterns but only ones I know I will sew, or are 100% in my style wheelhouse.

    That CC files coat is not my style but I LOVE it. I'm excited to see it when you sew it up! I love outerwear but don't have much, as it's hard to find plus size stuff that isn't made from crappy fabric. I badly want to start sewing it but I find it really intimidating. I think next year might be the year, though! I am so tired of only having one sad grey duffle.

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  6. I'm with you! Coats are my favorite thing in the world to sew. I just handed over a suede jacket that I wore in the 80's to my 23 year old daughter. She's in love. So hold on to those coats as long as you can! I'm trying to pick out a style to sew this year as well. I do love that vintage trench pattern that you picked up.

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  7. Coats and jackets are also my favorite thing to sew. They seem to justify my spending a lot of money on the required fabric and I go for it. Like you, I am fine with the Big Four. I know what size and what alterations to make and it is the same across the board. But the idea of reworking fit from square one on an Indie pattern, well, it had better be extremely well drafted and very unique in its design. I am not about to remake my fit with each Indie company out there. It has literally taken me years to figure out my fit on the Big Four. So I am sticking with them unless a magical pattern happens to come across my horizon.

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  8. I can't wait to see what you do with this pattern, I love it! I'm with you, while I do purchase Indie patterns if I really like the style(I'm just a patternholic LOL), a lot of the styles remind me of the very basic Big4 patterns that everyone bashes. I wonder if it's the pretty fabrics or fancy packaging because I swear I can find a similar Big4 pattern for a lot of them. And it's not the 'magic' fit either because I read about the same excessive ease and alterations with those as well. But hey to each it's own.

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  9. I do like the look of the Clare coat but I think I'll wait to see how it looks on you. Like you I'm not concerned about big 4 fit as I've had problems with indies too, sometimes a lot more - I agree with Bunny that at least with big 4.iknow what I'm getting. . So is this the pattern? Probably not as I have coats that I've never sewn, so I should try that as my first attempt at coat sewing.

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  10. I do like the look of the Clare coat but I think I'll wait to see how it looks on you. Like you I'm not concerned about big 4 fit as I've had problems with indies too, sometimes a lot more - I agree with Bunny that at least with big 4.iknow what I'm getting. . So is this the pattern? Probably not as I have coats that I've never sewn, so I should try that as my first attempt at coat sewing.

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  11. I completely agree with you about a love for outerwear. Bags- really don't care, shoes...eh, but jackets and coats....Sigh! Love love love them! That pink coat is very different and interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing your version. :)

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  12. I can definitely see the Clare on you! Which version will you go for? Personally, I don't mind sewing from either Indie or Big4. I'm more selective on what indie pattern lines I'll buy though... I've seen some strange stuff in the past! Sometimes I feel like it always has to be an "us or them" mentality. I like them both for different reasons! Oh well... Oh and that vintage trench pattern is to die for! Lovely.

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    1. You are so right; it's like you have to belong to either camp and disparage the other! And like there's some special reverence given for 'self drafted' items. That's what it feels like in my short time in the sewing world.

      I'd rather just sew what I like be it Indie, Big4 or whatever!

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  13. LOL we hear you loud and clear Ms. Nakisha...YOU LOVE YOUR OUTERWEAR!! The ones you've selected are so cute and I hope you get to make them all before winter ends! I love your great bargain coat and happy you can now wear it again too! Being in Florida, I don't have a lot of heavy outerwear, but I do love a good jacket and outwear vests! Hopefully, I'll get at least one in this year! Also, I am definitely a shoe and bag girl! However, I usually purchase one great bag and wear it out before getting another! My shoes are a different story...I have a problem there, LOL!!!

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    1. I need a vest! NEED! :-p

      I will never not buy mounds of shoes. They are a mood lifter and can really elevate an outfit!

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  14. What? You have 15 pieces of outerwear and you've made 5 of them? Ahem...you are an outerwear queen in my book! That gray coat looks fab on you. I look forward to seeing what you create with the patterns.

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    1. It wasn't until I was writing this post that I realized that!!!

      I made my crazy Burda coat, then a cape, then my awesome black Simplicity jacket, then my ahhhhh-mazing! magenta Simplicity coat, then my Minoru!

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  15. That magenta coat is divine! I love making outerwear too! I have lots of outerwear too because of the crazy fluctuations of temperature here.

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  16. I love your coat! The fit is so nice. I am totally understand you on the bags subject and OMG I was looking today that I have 6 outerwear pieces hanging on my way to the door , while my husband has one.hihiih. I`ve tested the Clare too and I wear it every time, I love it and I want to make one more . On my Flickr you can see a few pics.https://flic.kr/s/aHskjUZgNx

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    1. oooh thanks for the link to your version Camelia!!!

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  17. My goal this year is to sew a jacket or coat. It seems intimidating, but I'm guessing it won't be that hard once I get started. Just follow the directions, right?

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    1. I definitely think it's doable for many, even beginners. I'd personally go for a raglan (even if it isn't the Clare). And something that's fuller on bottom so you're not fitting your upper body and hips.

      I haven't sewn any Closet Case Files patterns but I think this is one where a beginner could get a good result, especially on the one with snaps. And Michelle (up above) sewed it and I trust her judgment that it's a good pattern. AND I would assume there will be a step-by-step sew along as most Indie pattern maker/bloggers do sew alongs for their new patterns.

      -Raglan sleeves (no setting required)
      -Looser fit through the waist/hips
      -Easy collar (no lapels or anything)
      -Snaps as closure (no zippers or buttonholes to fuss with

      I sewed S2508 this spring and made almost no fitting adjustments and really, really love that coat. It has similar features that make it an easier sew, IMO.

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    2. I tested the Clare, and it goes together very nicely, her instructions/diagrams are very good - my only quibble is the zipper version needs a fabric that compliments the exposed zipper, and it's a 30" zipper, which means your choices get very limited unless you buy online. My two samples have really ugly zippers, due to time constraints; nobody needs to see those.

      I'm planning on making one in the spring with a big fat pop art print, like a Marimekko or something I make on Spoonflower.

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  18. I'm a Big 4 sewer as well - I know what I am getting and like you, can adjust easily. I should think outerwear is an essential in your part of the world - and who wants to look the same everyday - so lots of great toppers is a fantastic idea.

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  19. I love coats too and my latest obsession is to cruise Pinterest and pin all the great coats I see there.
    I'm a Big4 sewer too and like you, I make my adjustments ,sometimes remember to measure the pattern pieces before cutting out and for the most part, I get good results.

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  20. I love coats too and my latest obsession is to cruise Pinterest and pin all the great coats I see there.
    I'm a Big4 sewer too and like you, I make my adjustments ,sometimes remember to measure the pattern pieces before cutting out and for the most part, I get good results.

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