style file: the summer coat

May 1, 2017   /   byLiesl Gibson  / Categories :  Feeds

It’s been a while since our last style file entry. I made this jacket shortly after we released the Weekend Getaway pattern, but I’ve never really talked about it or told you how I made it. So today’s the day!

A summer coat can replace a cardigan during the warmer months, which is a great way to combat overenthusiastic air conditioning and cooler nights. It’s a lightweight covering for bright sun, too, so if you’re conscientious about protecting your skin from the sun (we all are these days, right?) this is an easy way to stay cool without overexposing yourself to those sharp rays. It also serves to pull together an outfit, especially for evening. I love how it can lengthen your silhouette and make everything look a little more sophisticated. Here are some examples I pulled from our Liesl + Co Weekend Getaway Blouse + Dress Pinterest board. I particularly like it worn in sharp contrast to the color worn underneath, like the natural linen coat worn over black and the black coat worn over all white.

If you’re interested in trying this for colder months, it can absolutely be sewn from heavier/thicker fabrics and worn in winter as well. Here are some more examples.

You can see all these photos on our Liesl + Co Weekend Getaway Dress + Blouse Pinterest board, plus lots more photo inspiration for the pattern as a top and dress.

So how did I alter the basic Weekend Getaway pattern to make my jacket? Easy! I widened the front facing by a little bit so the dress could be worn open. And then, when it came time to sew the center front seam, I skipped that step. I also added side vents to the side seams, which you can do by following our side vent tutorial. (I’ll show you someplace else I used the side vents very soon, too!)

Those are the only changes I made. You can see that Maria, in the pink wool coat above, added a lining and a button to her textured wool coat version, which I got to see in person when we visited her in Seville between Christmas and New Year. That’s only a tiny bit fancier than the unlined version. So however you sew this, it’s an easy and quick project that makes a great wardrobe addition. It’s part of my summer core wardrobe, believe it or not!

You can pick up your own copy of the Weekend Getaway Blouse + Dress pattern right here.

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Hot Patterns DISASTER – Weekender Cargo Pants

I don’t enjoy writing bad reviews. In fact, I would much rather just pretend nothing happened and never write about this. But then, I would feel bad about other people buying this pattern. I had such high hopes. I love the casual styling, I love the topstitching, the pockets are fun, I love the pockets that form the belt casing. It could have been a great pattern. I would have enjoyed the topstitching and the pockets. Alas, it was not meant to be.
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First, the crotch height is um, high. Like, the highest draft I’ve ever seen. This almost reached to the bottom of my bra. I don’t understand it. At all. How can the draft be this high? Can you see the faint white chalk marks where the rear pockets go? The pocket flap would start on my back!!
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Look, you can actually see the bottom of my black and white sports bra. The top of the pants go way above my ribs. And the seam allowances are 3/8” on this pattern. Even if you took that into account, the height on these is crazy.
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So then I had an ah-ha moment. Maybe it’s NOT the pattern. Maybe I need to make a larger size? And pull them down more?? Maybe my hips are not letting the fabric settle down where it should be? So I loosened the pins holding the CF together and ended up with the weirdest low, pointy crotch ever. No, it’s not me. It’s definitely the pattern. When it is pulled up to rib-ville, the crotch curve actually fits okay. At least, it really felt like that is where it is supposed to be.
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On the plus side, I used crappy muslin fabric and didn’t spend too much time on this.
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Anyone want to buy a pattern? I won’t be using it. I bought it because I love my Jalie Vanessa pants (which I’m wearing right now) and thought these might be similar. Hahahhahahahahhaa. Maybe, instead, I will add the details I like (the pieced and topstitched legs and the large pockets) to my Jalie pants instead. They never let me down. The Hot Patterns tally is 1 for 2 now. I have one more pattern to try out. Oh, and I did email Hot Patterns last week about the missing pattern piece on my HP t-shirt. No response. It’s been a week.

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