Living in a small rural town, I am so grateful our local WalMart has a small pattern, fabric and notions department. Their pattern kiosk recently switched to these $4.97 McCall's Easy stitch 'n save patterns. For a while it was all NewLook Patterns.... which were all well and good, but it's nice to have access to the ever popular McCall's Pattern brand at a reasonable price. Hmm, for some reason this pattern is not showing up in the McCall Pattern Company website so I don't know if maybe it's exclusive to WalMart, but I cannot find anything to link to. The full-length coat, view B, out of sherpa/suede immediately caught my eye and I knew that was 'the one'.
Carolyn made her gorgeous shearling jacket in 2016, I've been wanting one too and hers was a big factor in choosing this luscious chocolate brown faux suede/Sherpa at my nearby JoAnn Fabric Store. It was a hard decision because they also carried the same tan Sherpa/suede that the model is wearing above. I took care in choosing this particular suede/sherpa fabric as I wanted something substantial, not too drapey and thin. The fabric care instructions read that it is machine washable on cold, line dry.... but I have not washed this yet. I picked up 3 yards on sale at $15/yard and have enough left over to make a vest.
.....except I decided to sew all semi-flat-felled seams and top-stitch everywhere. By semi-flat-felled seam..... I mean that I sewed a traditional 5/8" seam, cut the back of the excess of one of the seam allowances off.... like you would for a flat-felled seam..... but instead of wrapping that piece, I simply laid the seam flat and top-stitched it down. This fabric is too bulky to 'wrap' and by sewing it flat, it flattened all the interior seams out to be able to wear the coat comfortably and finish everything off in a nice way. My walking foot worked perfectly on this fabric no matter which side of the fabric was 'up' or 'down'. This also meant the 'quick and easy sew' took a little longer than intended. But that's okay as these are what makes wearing the garment more enjoyable to wear..... with all the little finishing details done.
VelvetRibbon and Coco's Loft recent beautiful coats where they both used snaps covered with buttons. ;)