I’ve sewn today’s pattern testing for an Indie Pattermaker I love: Amity @ Lolita Patterns!

This is the second pattern I test for her (remember the Sugarplum Dress?), while I completed also a FREE skirt she drew: the Fuchsia skirt, a three-tiered gathered sweet skirt with a flirty scallop hem, fully lined… there’s a sew along on Lolita Patterns Blog and it’s really easy to follow… give it a try!

Amity drew one more Lolita Pattern: Gunmetal Shirt: sew-Along going on now!

Let’s go back to today’s pattern testing:

Spearmint Coat!

Here’s Amity description:

Spearmint is a beautiful coat with a romantic lolita twist. Spearmint is a stunning option when fashionable outwear is needed. A gorgeous oversized flounce collar cascades around the neck while one statement button holds the coat closed. The coat is fully lined with princess seams that provide shaping and in seam pockets to keep your hands warm. View A is designed to hit at the knee. View B is a longer winter version and hems at mid calf.

Well, I did view A because I think it’s easier for me to wear a knee length coat, considering that it’s an half-season coat (not suitable for cold winter), being opened on chest level.

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And here I made the first mistake… choosing a thick wool, without going upsize: not good!

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I ended up with a too small coat, too snug on sleeves and back, damn me!

So, I’m sticking here a memorandum:

remember to go upsize when you choose a thick fabric!!

While sewing thick wool, pressing in the right way really makes the difference: I bet that pressing sleeves with my handmade Sleeve roll saved me from more than one huge headache!

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By the way, I know you’re all waiting to hear about that second mistake, hidden in my coat!

This time I was aware of making it but I couldn’t do anything different, so I tried (and it went bad!): here where I live is nearly impossible to find any kind of fusible interfacing (usually saleswomen look at me as I was asking for hot red snow…): for this coat I needed

Fusible

Hair

Canvas

… phew…. nothing to do!

So I tried using a medium weight fusible interfacing but the result isn’t satisfying: it does not give enough support to those gorgeous collar cascades, they look floppy!

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When I told this to Amity, she kindly offered to me to send me some of her fusible hair canvas, with the luxurious printed versions of the Spearmint Coat! I’ve told you she’s So Nice!!! Now I HAVE to sew one more Spearmint Coat: a denim version, maybe?

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I added a touch of personality with the macro button: I have chosen a wooden hand painted with violet pansies, hand stitched with an original arrow-shaped: do you like it?

(under the button you can’t see a bound buttonhole... rich and luxurious finishing)

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Two more words about Lolita patterns: Amity has a modern approaching to sewing instructions: I know that with her patterns I can always learn something new, an “industrial” way to do things (in this Spearmint Coat she teaches you how to completely line a princess seamed coat all by machine – no handsewing!!) and, you know,

I’m a person who likes doing more things spending less time!

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You can check other’s truly inspiring versions of Lolita Patterns taking a look to their shared flickr board

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Have you ever sewn a coat? Did you make any mistake? Please tell me you did, or I will feel like the worst sewist in the world – the only one who makes silly mistakes!!
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