SisterMAG Pattern: A Classic Unlined Coat With Style and Flare
I was thrilled when sisterMAG Patterns reached out to me and asked me to choose one of their patterns to feature on Instagram. After perusing through their website I finally settled on the Unlined Coat Pattern 52-3 as my first choice, believe me there will be others!
Whether the pattern is a classic coat like this one, a jacket, dress, blouse or trousers sisterMAG has you covered. No matter what your choice, you will find patterns that are elegant and stylish. Their designs allow you to design just the right piece to suit any occasion or fabric.
The style of this coat is reminiscent of the classic styling from the 60's. The shawl collar and fitted upper bodice flows into a long minimalist design, just the ticket for the elegant fabric I had in mind. I knew that I wanted a long coat to show off this amazing brocade fabric from Minerva. It was important to me that it was unlined in order to show off the reverse side of the fabric, a beautiful gold lame. When I saw the unlined 52-3 coat I knew instantly it was the perfect choice.
The coat itself calls for a fabric with stand as the crisp design of the coat calls for structure and definition. The cut of the coat is simple with a raglan style sleeve, shawl collar and simple three button closure. The coat itself has a wide align cut, I chose to grade this down a little bit, preferring a narrow look.
The fabric is a metallic woven brocade, a perfect choice for this style of coat.
It is a beautiful lurex woven fabric that really catches the light when it moves! The floral design is full of colour and detail, reminiscent of summer cabbage roses. I chose the Green-Purple combination, it also comes in Orange-Green and Pink-Purple, all of which have the same glamourous metallic shine. This is definitely a special occasion kind of fabric, but as you can see, I think it has a fantastic street style vibe paired with jeans and boots.
The pattern itself is a relatively simple sew. It is important to note that there are only written directions to follow with no illustrations. With this in mind, I would recommend that this pattern be used by more experienced sewists. The coat has a lot of ease throughout the bustline and an align design to the bodice. I cut out a size 44 through the shoulders but graded down the bodice and hips to a 38. I also graded down the width of the sleeve as well. If I had used a plainer fabric I would have kept more of the added fabric.
For my make I choose to simplify the pocket and create an inseam pocket so that I could keep the lines of the coat very simple. The pattern takes you through a series of more complex steps to create a piped pocket with a velvet edge option.
The sleeves can be worn at wrist length with a rolled cuff and the instructions include directions to add velvet trim as a sumptuous detail here as well. With being tall I always prefer a full length sleeve so I lengthened the sleeve by 10" to allow for a larger folded cuff that balanced the overall look of the coat. This picture also show the vintage feature button that I chose in-keeping with the 60's style.
I think this coat is a huge success and I plan to wear it several events. I will be pairing it with a sheath dress and wearing it to my nephew's fall wedding next year, and it will be the basis of a fun concert outfit when I go to see Elton John live in his farewell tour.
The style of the coat combined with this tremendous fabric will always offer me a fun, stylish fashion choice that will endure time and will be worn to celebrate many special occasions.
This is a classic pattern that offers many options for jacket designs. I know this won't be the last time I make it. After all.... There is Sew Much To Design.
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