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Thursday, 4 February 2016

My robot coat..

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Coat: Handmade (Pattern: Burda 6802)
2016 started not unlike it's predecessor in that I set the sewing ball rolling by making myself a new coat. I mentioned in a recent round-up post that I'd got this robot wool from Ditto Fabrics and couldn't wait to make it up. 


The wool is not the thickest fabric ever - it's thinner than the stuff I used for my cape, for examples. Now, I'm always too warm and had in mind for this fabric a kind of slouchy, oversized style anyway, which I planned to wear layered over other things. For this reason, I opted not to add a layer of interlining, which I would have done for this fabric had I been going for a more structured style.

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Coat: Handmade // Top and hooded jacket: Girlguiding 
After a little search, I opted for this pattern as style B, which I went with for this coat, has the oversized look I was going for for this garment, but style option A will also be perfect for another fabric I have in mind for a Spring-weight coat. Being quite thin fabric, the robots were easy to sew up and the pattern is very straightforward. I began by tracing out the pieces, which I prefer to do with new patterns these days, as I find it easier when I come to alter pattern pieces for fit. All in all, I made it within a day. I lined it using some lining fabric I had left from other projects and handstitched to finish the edges. I'm trying to make sure I take the time to finish things off more nicely, recently, rather than just rushing to get them done so that I can wear them..!  


Speaking of wearing things I've made, I wore my robot coat at the weekend. I spent Saturday at a guiding leader training day, so wore my uniform tops with thick tights (as you never know how cold these village halls are going to be) and my grizzly bear Book of Deer skirt. A bit of a mish-mash, perhaps, but plenty of layers to keep me nice and toasty all day. I'm afraid I'm never going to be a jeans and polo top kind of person.

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Skirt: Book of Deer // Tights: New Look // Shoes: Marks and Spencer
As for the coat, it's just what I'd hoped for. The length is right and it's plenty big enough that it's roomy around my hips and bum and still fastens up with no bother. I'm rather pleased with how it turned out, considering it was a snap decision I made when I was browsing the site and noticed the fabric...! I like projects like that.


14 comments:

  1. Fab job, you look great in it!

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  2. such a wonderful coat! This colourful outfit is so unique...ingenious styling my dear...love the shoes so much!!!

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    1. Thank you! It turned out just how I'd hoped, which is always so great.

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  3. Love the coat! Who wants to wear jeans and polo tops when there are fabrics out there like that!

    Xo Amie

    Credit Crunch Chic

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    1. Haha, thank you. I totally agree. Never going to be a jeans person.

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  4. I love your coat and your vision for realising something so fun and unique! Great job! I'd love to see it in person!

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    1. Thank you - it was one of those times I spotted the fabric and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

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  5. I think Char that this is the greatest coat I have ever seen xx

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  6. I love your coat, and the fact that you made your guiding uniform cute :) (I generally refuse to wear my leaders polo shirt, tisn't nice!)

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    1. I really am not a fan of any of the uniform on offer, so I just try to Char it up where possible.

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  7. This coat is all kinds of fantastic. I love it! Great use of fabric.

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