This was oficially my first make of the year and has been a faithful companion thru the cold days we had. I finished it about 3 weeks ago and have been wearing it since. Well, not all day everyday but you get the picture.
The Silvia coatigan is a pattern by Schnittchen and it´s translated into english so no googling around needed. The instructions are a little scarce if you´ve never done a coat before, specially when adding the lining. I still need visual reference for this part in particular but decided to improvise based on what I knew already.
The main fabric is a taupe boiled wool blend that is already pilling but I kind of like it. It was cheap enough for a first go with the pattern (around 7€ for 2,4m) but it´s also suprisingly warm. It pressed beautifully, but I think I´m guilty of overpressing, still need to find some balance. The lining is an acetate taffeta that I already had in my stash.
As always I was worried about sizing since I´m always below chart, but I did want it to have the baggy look, so my only alteration was shortening the sleeves by 4cm. It´s amazing how a little alteration goes a long way. If I had tried this coat on a RTW brand I know the sleeves would have been to long and that alone would make it look like the coat was wearing me instead. Just by shortening them to the wrist line I still have the oversized look but the general fit is visually so much better. I also removed the centre back seam.
I didn´t add closure because it would interfere with the end of the shawl collar and alter the way it lays. I also noticed very little ease at the hips, despite the fact that I barely have them, but still I sensed a little push when trying to close it.
I love the dropped shoulders and the built in pockets. The shawl collar is also one of the design features that atracted me, it´s interfaced to give it some structure but still very easy to construct.
The sweater is a mash between the Bento Tee and the Union St. Tee. I just used the Bento´s main pieces, without the pockets, for the slouchy look, and the Union v neckline, and also added the waisband because the double needle hem made it really wavy. It´s a super comfy wool knit with some golden threads. The jeans are the Kendall skinnies that I´m not showing just yet because they´ll soon be released by Baste and Gather and bound to be a hit. Yep, I just make it and wear it.
So, quick and satisfying make if you´re looking for a stylish coat design, with great hacking potential. I see a more traditional look if you shorten it a bit, forget those pockets and make your front pieces whole and then add some rounded patch pockets or welts. Oh yes, I´m dreaming about it already.