Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ready for Winter

After making my lined shacket I decided a new coat would be nice to have.  I made a coat a few years ago and wear it often.  However, I feel it is time for another.  This time with  a gray wool blend and a navy lining.

 I purchased Kwik Sew 3123 on . I downloaded and printed out the pattern, then put it together like a puzzle.  I checked out this pattern on and found most people said the sizing ran large.  I chose medium anyway.

The first muslin turned out huge, with lots of shoulder and arm room.  So I decided to cut the pattern's armscyes to small, but keep everything else medium.  This made a better fit.  But still too big, so I decided to make the pattern in small, with one inch added to the arm length.

The instructions are thorough and clear.  The only thing I did different from the instructions was to make the collar from the outer material instead of the lining.

My Singer Diana in a desk did a great job sewing this project.  This 1975 electronic machine is smooth and quiet.
I tried different machines for the topstitching, but used Diana anyway.   She did great with the thick thread and a 14 needle.

The buttons are an inch wide so I made 1 1/8" buttonholes​ with my Singer CE100.  Diana has a two-step manual buttonhole and I wasn't sure I would get them all the same.

Welt pocket

This is a comfortable coat.  It is definitely oversized and boxy.  I like it and have worn it several times.

I found a Kwik Sew pattern for a denim jacket which I think will be a great project.

Thanks for stopping.


  1. If you are making the KWIK SEW jean jacket I am thinking of, it has very, and I mean very, square shoulders and it runs large. I made a jean jacket for my son and it ended up in DH's closet. I ended up doing a muslin for the offspring as I had to taper the waist quite a bit and put some slope in the shoulder. Your results may vary.

    Theresa in Tucson

  2. Thin man, I like the shiny royal blue lining, but you really need a front facing. You sewed buttonholes through the lining, and eventually the lining will begin to fray, since it is a much weaker fabric than the shell. Better to have a facing behind the center front that the buttonholes sew into. Also having a facing will have the shell fabric at the turned edge that will wear longer than the lining edge you have now. Also, when the top center front edge is turned back like a lapel, you won't see the lining as you do now.

    1. Thank you for the help. If I made this jacket again I could tweak the pattern. But I think I will look for a pattern with the features you mention.