Winter Wear Designs

Hack-a-Thon with WWD

Oh, just by the name you know this Blog Tour is a fun one!

When Suzanne mentioned the Hack-a-Thon theme, I decided it was the perfect motivation to tackle a project that has been on my mind since foreeeeeeever.

A coat dress!

I have this saved on Pinterest for so long but never had the guts to give it a go, I kept waiting for the perfect pattern to appear so I didn’t have to make all the mods myself. It was a mixture of laziness and “fear”! ?

Here it is:
Isn’t it gorgeous?

So, what pattern did I use as base?
The Provence Pea Coat

The pattern has a few options:
– 3 different lenghts: high hip, full hip and upper thigh;
– 3 different bands: back band, waist band or tie belt;
– Detachable fully lined hood.

So, after a little guidance from Suzanne, and a lot of paper taping, this is how my coat turned out:

Can you tell I’m thrilled with it??

Because life insists on getting in the way of my sewing plans I didn’t manage to take step by step photos of what I did, but it wasn’t a difficult adjustment at all.

What I did:

  • Choose size according to my bust measurement;
  • Added length for my height (2 inches);
  • Took in the waist to a size smaller because I wanted the fit a bit snugger than the original pattern. The inspiration is pretty tight fitting and it looks great, but it would not be comfortable or practical for my daily life;
  • Added length (20cm) to the upper thigh option and flared out the pieces starting at the waist. The only pieces I didn’t flare out was the Back Center pieces (I already have enough natural volume on the back side ?).

That was it.
After modifying the pattern pieces I followed the pattern instructions for the unlined coat, with a back band and without hood.

The reason for the lack of lining was in all honesty, time.
I’ll definitely line my next one!

The only thing I’ll adjust on my next one is add an extra inch to the waist length.

As for the fabric, I’m not sure what it is called in english, here it’s called softcoat. It has a great weight and a wool look and it’s nice and soft. I bought it at my favorite local shop. – Softcoat mantelstof

I’m so in love with this coat that I’m actually happy that the weather is getting colder and colder!

Belt, no belt, fully closed, unbuttoned, collar up or down… love them all! <3

It was a bit tough to work with this amount of heavy fabric around the machine, but oh so worth the hassle in the end!!

I made the tie belt extra long because I like the “drama”, but what do you think? Should I trim it?

The PROVENCE PEA COAT was really the perfect choice for this hack!
I’m thrilled and can’t wait to make more, but first… a little rest! haha

So, I’ll go make myself a nice cup of tea and enjoy all the other stops of this blog tour and get inspired for the next project!

Jess of Jot Designs
Livia of Liviality
Patricia of Sew Far North

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  1. Florence says:

    Omigosh I love it and need this …. sublime

  2. Oh I love it! I talked myself out of a new dress coat for this winter, because I just made one last winter, but now you’ve got me re-thinking that!

  3. Laurie says:

    That is really lovely!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! Kudos to you for making it work!

  5. Patricia says:

    Love it! You are so talented

  6. Lovely! Can you point me to a tutorial to learn how to flare out the bottom pieces?

    1. I didn’t follow a tutorial per se, but let me see if I can find the sketch I used as a guide and I’ll get back to you 😉

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