V1467 sewalong update 4 – Finished!

At last! My peacoat is finished! Actually it’s been finished for a few weeks now but I’ve only been able to take pictures today!

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I’m really pleased with how this turned out – it’s the most complicated sew I’ve done since graduation, and  I’ve learnt a lot about coat making, working with wool and using heavy fabrics along the way, so even if it had turned out pretty badly it wasn’t a waste of time.

I really do recommend this pattern though. Although Vogue has a reputation for designing difficult-to-sew patterns, I found the instructions clear and easy to follow. I do recommend making a muslin beforehand though to check fit as I found the pattern quite long (I am 5 foot 2 and 3/4″ though so…). I also found the pleat at the top of the sleeve created a weird crease underneath due to my wide arms so I looked like I had a weird 80’s power suit vibe going on. It’s a strong look. Just not for me. I cheated a little on this step – just unpicked the pleat and eased the extra fabric around my sleeve head. Next time I’ll actually redraft the sleeve but I was a bit short on my wool and feeling a bit ambitious this time, hence the shortcut.

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Serious modelling… At least my mouth isn’t open LOL

It fits really nicely, and is actually a little roomy as I did all my fittings over a thick jumper, but that means I can layer up when it does turn cold! Hayden and I went out today to take the pictures for this post (well, Hayden took the pictures, I mucked about feeling awkward AF), but I did a rubbish job of pressing it beforehand so the peacoat is a bit more crinkled than normal.

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You can probably tell that I’m trying to take slightly better blog pictures but as someone who finds having their picture taken very difficult it may take a while for my posts to improve – if anyone has any hints and tips about improving photos as well as dealing with the self-consciousness thing please let me know in the comments. I’m struggling with my weight too at the moment (more exercise, less Toblerone would be the key here) so I do feel a bit awkward sharing these photos with you as I’m a lot… curvier than I’d like to be. However I’m making minor adjustments with my lifestyle and attitude and trying to be more positive so I’ll get there, slowly but surely. But maybe I’ll put off rejoining the gym until January… 😛

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28 thoughts on “V1467 sewalong update 4 – Finished!

  1. The coat is pretty, the photos are pretty, and you are pretty, too! It was the same for me, feeling awkward about posing for photos and then posting them on my blog but then later I just got used to it hehe. I love the color of the coat and the style, but I’m still not in the coat level so I’ll just look and admire. For now. 🙂

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  2. The pictures are absolutely lovely and I you’re definitely not alone about feeling awkward whilst taking pictures!! A good background and natural light make nice pictures and you have both of those. I just suggest getting someone who is happy to take loads of pictures of you and find nice locatations, so it won’t feel like a fight getting them done!
    The coat looks expertly made! I really like the length you went with 🙂

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    • Thank you! I think I might make my next one a little longer to compensate for taking out 2 inches at the waist. I’m also hoping Father Christmas will bring me a tripod this year so I could have a go at taking some myself! Will need to learn to use the swanky camera though… 😂

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  3. Such a fabulous coat – the polka dot lining makes a lovely surprise on the inside. I think your photos look great, there’s no reason to feel awkward. If you take loads there will be plenty of photos you’re happy to share 🙂

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  4. I love it! The pattern is so classic. I love the type of pea coats that button right up to the top. If you did any “shortcuts” I certainly didn’t notice them. Your photos and poses are lovely. You look like a classic model (without your mouth open, your tongue sticking out, the dumb clothes models have to wear, need I go on?). It is so exciting to get to wear what you make, isn’t it!

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  5. aah it is so fantastic! the colour is lovely and suits you so much. great idea about doing the fitting on top of a chunky jumper too! i’ll keep that in mind for when i get round to making mine.
    taking blog pictures is the most awkward thing ever isn’t it! you look super lovely though so you have nothing to worry about! ^___^

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  6. Hey lovely! I’m still catching up on a massive blog reading hiatus, but so glad I found this post! Your coat is AMAZING, I’m so inspired! The colour is perfect and the lining is adorable and you are just gorgeous 😍

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