camelia’s handmade coat

Our former Advisors Circle member, Camelia, is stopping by the blog again to show off the stunning blue handmade coat she sewed.

Name: Camelia

Where can we find you on the Internet? Blog, Instagram

Pattern used: Liesl + Co. Chaval Coat

Fabric used: Cashmere wool and printed satin from the stash

A handmade coat isn't hard to make if you have the right pattern.

Did the fabric work well?

Yes, this fabric was perfect for my Chaval Coat. I was worried that it might be too thick, but it worked perfectly. With the thickness in mind, I changed the pocket style; I was sure that the double welts with a flap would be way too bulky in this wool. Pressing with lots of steam and using my clapper made the coat look as good as it does (if I do say so myself).

I even decided to make bound buttonholes, and I think it worked great, even if the fabric is pretty thick.

A handmade coat isn't hard to make if you have the right pattern.

How did the sewing go?

As usual, Liesl’s instructions were really good, with very clear illustrations.

I made a toile before I started on my beautiful wool. Based on that, I decided to place my pockets slightly slanted. I always need a narrow shoulder adjustment. In this case, I shortened the shoulder seam by 3/4″ and I shortened the sleeves by 2 1/8″. I also took the side seams a bit in to make the coat less wide.

A handmade coat isn't hard to make if you have the right pattern.

I love fun linings in my coats. I also added some piping at the lining seam. I think this is another detail that makes the coat even more fun.

A handmade coat isn't hard to make if you have the right pattern.

What was the best part?

The best part is having this coat in my wardrobe! I enjoyed the making process a lot. I love working with wool. Add a well-made pattern, and it is truly a pleasure to make a coat like this. Coat-making is not hard. It is just a project that requires more time and attention to fit. But with great instructions, anyone can make it.

A handmade coat isn't hard to make if you have the right pattern.


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  1. Jarl

    wow, what a gorgeous coat. I also like the modifications you made, and enjoy your lining fabric. Thanks for posting.

    1. camelia de bruin

      Thank you ! I am very happy with it!

  2. Reba

    Beautiful sewing job. Love the lining ❤️. Looks like a lot of time and patience dedicated to this coat. Thank you for sharing your endeavors with us!

    1. Camelia

      Thank you! First I chose a plain lining but in most of my coats, I have printed fun linings so I changed my mind 🙂 . I worked a bit on it every time I had the time. Coat making is really satisfying 🙂

  3. Susan Boston

    Camelia, your coat is beautiful and it looks great on you. While I’m not read to make a wool coat (I would love to), you inspire me to keep challenging myself with new patterns and different types of fabrics.

    1. Camelia

      Oh, that is good to hear. Wool coats are not difficult, wool is very nice to work with, presses good, is very easy to handle, maybe you will give it a go someday.

  4. Cindy Cooksey

    Nice job! I envy your beautiful new blue coat.

    1. Camelia

      :)) Thank you!

  5. Camelia, what a beautiful coat – the details! the color!, the fit!!!!

    1. Camelia

      Thank you! I love it, I love wearing it.

  6. Kathy H.

    Gasp! What gorgeous fabric and lining! Those buttonholes! Those pockets! Congratulations, you did a wonderful job.

    1. camelia de bruin

      Thank you so much!

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