Thursday, January 15, 2015

Added Warmth in McCalls 6656




Winter has arrived.... yeah so happy about that one... but my new jacket lessened the blow of its arrival!


I made this coat using McCalls 6656. I knew that this coat wouldn't be warm enough without a lining so I added one using a burgundy Kasha lining that added a perfect amount of body and warmth.






My Review: 

Pattern: McCalls 6656

Fabric used: A wool blend in a black and grey stripe, black faux fur and Kasha lining. Kasha is a flannel backed satin winter coat lining. It adds warmth and the flannel sided sticks nicely to the inside of jacket, keeping it from shifting around.

Instructions:  I kinda didn't follow them due to adding a lining. The only time I referred to them was at the point where I had to attach the shoulders and neckline. Even then it was a little bit unclear but in the end it came together.

Changes I made: I lined it in Kasha and added buttons. I also removed the center back seam. I put it in at first but really didn't like how it looked despite the perfect pattern matching. I also interfaced the front bodice pieces for added structure and I am so glad I did.
          
Repeat worthy? It is but I probably won't make it again... just because I'll want to try something new.


This was my first attempt at sewing with fur (faux) and I didn't find it too challenging to work with. Cutting it out was a bit time consuming because you have to snip your way through just the backing so as not to cut away all the pile of fur. Then when sewing it, the fur has to be brushed and pushed in away from the edge.  



A picture reveals the truth doesn't it? The longer I had my coat on, the more I can see in the picture on the right that I need to add an inside button to keep the inside from falling below the hemline. An easy fix and it will make the coat feel more secure as well.

What the heck is going on with my hair here..?

I enjoyed making this coat and am super pleased with the result which felt so good after last January's coat fail.... I really didn't want to waste another nice piece of coating. I have a couple more pieces in my stash and who knows, I may have to make another....it's a long winter here. I might as well have a closet of nice coats!



49 comments:

  1. That is so glamourous!!!! Swoon. I love it!!!

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    1. Aww thanks Gillian! You know we need some warm coats here..

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  2. Looks beautiful on -- love the fur. Very pretty

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  3. Beautiful coat and the detail! Well done, dear!
    Thanks for mentioned kasha lining, I was looking for the perfect lining for my winter jacket :)

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    1. Thanks Hana! I look forward to seeing your jacket...I just saw your plans. :)

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  4. Leave it to you to come up with something so fabulous. You did a wonderful job with that!

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  5. OH, OH, that is brilliant using the faux fur on the inside of the jacket! Do we need to know any tricks about how you did that so the fur looks like an edging on the front seam? Or does it just look like that after sewing a regular seam? Gorgeous collar too! I was just at Dressew today looking at the faux furs...they've got tons of them, and now you've got me noodling over maybe buying a piece!

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    1. Thanks Sue! As long as the fur is pushed away from the edge as you sew and doesn't get caught within the seam it will look like a nice edging. Nothing special really. You should definitely make something with fur!!

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    2. Thanks for sharing the (non) technique! :)

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  6. I love this so much! Great fabric and color choices. Love the faux fur. Lovely inspiration!!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! This fabric was a great clearance deal which makes it even better in my books.

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  7. The jacket is gorgeous - it looks neat and tailored but such warm layers that haven't a bulky boxy look. The collar is gorgeous, as is the peaking out of the fur.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I was concerned that it might be too bulky and uncomforatble with the added lining but it's not. It's really quite comfortable.

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  8. Stunning jacket, and the fur collar and along the front seam, drool worthy.

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    1. Thanks Sharon, it was nice that it worked out...you just never know sometimes..

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  9. Your coat makes me long for Winter:)

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    1. Well, you can come to Canada and get a good dose of winter! It will be a long one! I'll even lend you my coat!

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  10. Oh my goodness, that is a glamorous coat! The fur looks so cozy.

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    1. Thanks! It is cozy...and I'll need it tomorrow. It's supposed to be -29 degrees Celsius.. Brrr.

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  11. Totally fabulous coat. The collar adds to the glam factor and love the peek of fur along the front edge.

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  12. What a lovely coat! I love the fur collar and also the idea of a closet full of nice coats for winter!

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    1. Thank you Caroline! I may have a bit of a coat collection already... I can't help myself when it comes to a nice coat.

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  13. I am so impressed!! How is it possible to make something so wonderful!

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    1. Thanks so much Isabella! You are sweet.

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  14. Ooh it's gorgeously cosy looking and glamorous! Great stripe matching of course, but that fur collar really makes the jacket something special !

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle! I think you are right...the fur adds a little something special.

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  15. I love the stripes going across your coat. Nice work. Beautiful coat.

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    1. Thanks! I went back and forth on which way to run the stripes but felt that horizontally looked best.

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  16. Ooooohhhhh that's lovely. A pretty faux fur collar always makes a jacket so glamorous. Glad you got a coat sewing win under your belt. :)

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    1. Thanks Heather! It was nice to get a coat win. My last coat kinda bummed me out so I'm pretty excited about this one.

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  17. Gorgeous! You always look so glamorous!

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  18. So gorgeous Margo! You make winter so glamorous!!

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  19. What a gorgeous snuggly coat! I live seeing your pictures... as we head into another 30+ degrees summer day!

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  20. Beautiful! I love the faux fur with the striped wool. Your choice in fabric and pattern is always a winner. You'll beat the winter blahs in this lovely coat. :)

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  21. I think this looks glamourous And snuggly! What a great combination and a lovely jacket. I would buy that if I saw it for sale!!

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  22. Love it! Thanks for pinning this to our fan gallery on Pinterest. We're going to feature this on our McCall's Facebook page too!

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  23. Beautiful - love it on you! Well done!

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  24. This coat is amazing! I'm loving the faux fur - it looks fab AND keeps you warm. What more could a girl ask for?

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  25. That looks so cosy and warm. Stylish too!

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  26. It looks great! Love the lining color. Question: How do you get the elastic button loops? Are they sold that way?

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    1. Thanks Tasha! You can buy elastic cord but for this project I just used a very thick hair elastic! I didn't have any elastic cord and wanted to continue sewing so I improvised with the hair elastic. :)

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  27. You look absolutely stunning, so glamorous and cosy warm as well! I love the fur lined collar. So chic!

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  28. Even though our temps topped 90 degrees, I'm thinking about winter outer wear. Crazy I know, but I want to copy this - just letting you know (lol).

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