Sunday, October 31, 2010
The pattern says it's a 2 hour pattern. Not only can you make this coat in 2 hours but get this...it's reversible! 2-for-1, what a bargain! Plus, I liked the idea of working with fleece (no fraying edges) and figured this would a quick and easy project. And with the leftover fleece, I could make a matching hat.
Long story short, it was neither quick nor easy and definitely not made in 2 hours. I think I spent 2 hours just laying out the fabric and cutting it out. I was so happy to be done with this, I haven't had the fortitude to think about making the hat.
The instructions were terrible. I've been sewing for over 30 years and I had trouble following them. I would hate to think what a beginner would go through. McCalls has since taken this pattern out of print so maybe I'm not the only one who had problems with it.
But I have to say, I do love the fabric and it is extremely warm. I used a regular fleece for the plaid and a polar fleece for the black. The pattern calls for a single button closure but this was a bit oversized so there's enough wrap that I think I will forego the button and just leave as is. I rarely button my coat anyway since I'm usually just going from my car to the house or work. The pattern called for the pockets to be made of broadcloth but I used black flannel instead. I love flannel pockets. They add just that little bit of warmth plus there's something comforting about flannel, it's kind of like giving your hands a little hug whenever you slip them in the pocket.
Come on in and make yourself comfortable. This little spot on the web is mainly to keep track of the various projects I've been working on and to share things I've done that I will likely forget about 2 days after I've done them. (Mom's memory ain't what it was.)