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!
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.
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.
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… 😛