This is my second time making a coat from this pattern. Two years ago I made the jacket from this pattern. The differences this time around is that I chose the shawl collar and the above-knee-length of the coat. This particular variation includes belts for the waist and sleeves.
I didn’t make any changes to the pattern and pretty much followed the directions to the tee. I skipped the dropped lining at the bottom of the coat and just made an even hem. I couldn’t figure it out when I made the jacket, and I didn’t feel like messing with it this time. I had planned to add some fusible fleece to the lining, but I thought it would make the coat, with its already thick fabric, too bulky. Now I kind of wish I had added the fusible fleece to the back pieces, but it’s done now. I’ll just wear sweaters underneath it. Oh, I also sewed on snaps instead of making buttonholes. The fabric was too thick for my buttonhole function to work, and I couldn’t stomach the idea of handsewing them. My mother suggested snaps, and I say that was a brilliant solution. Mom to the rescue! I sewed the buttons on top for the look of it. Pictures are below. Next up: some new work outfits.