Monday, November 26, 2012

Style Arc Grace Coat finished!

Collar Up

The Back


Collar Down


The hardest thing about sewing this coat was choosing the pattern. I started out thinking it had to be a trim silhouette with waistline definition but the appeal of this pattern won out. And it is so versatile!

The pattern calls for two more buttons on the collar but they were too heavy for my version and I don't need them. Even without a scarf to secure it, the collar stays up pretty well. Another unexpected feature  is that I can roll down the cuffs if I get caught without gloves. And finally, the roomy fit makes it possible to wear plenty of layers on colder days.

Finishing the coat required endurance. It had become the project-that-never-ends. Then, after stitching the last button, I slipped it on. The sense of accomplishment exploded like fireworks and I can't wait to start another project. That's how I can tell I like to sew.

Have yourself a good Monday!

67 comments:

  1. yay coat! you look warm and toasty!

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  2. Looks like the perfect winter coat to me.Congratulations on finishing a beautiful, warm and functional fashion work horse. You struck gold with this one, Robin.

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  3. very nice, love the fit,you did a nice job

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  4. Lovely coat Robin! The collar up looks very cozy.

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  5. Robin, it is wonderful and I'm sure you will get years of wear from it. I can't wait to make mine!

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  6. Now I really need to cave and try Style Arc!

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful coat. You'll be warm and fashionable this winter.

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  8. SCORE!!!! And just in time for the colder temps. It's 17 here in Chicago this morning. Your coat is wonderful.

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  9. Terrific coat--warm and stylish. It does feel good to finish a big project--what an accomplishment.

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  10. Isn't that feeling just the best? The sense that you've completed it AND that you love it. I love it too!

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  11. It's beautiful and you did a fantastic job on it!

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  12. What a great coat! And just in time for the cold weather!

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  13. Bravo, Robin--it looks wonderful! I also love your description of that great feeling when the garment is ready to go. I'm so glad you love to sew, because I love to see and read about your projects.

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  14. What a beautiful coat! Very stylish, classic piece that you'll enjoy for many, many years!

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  15. Love the coat! Looks toasty as well as chic! Great job -- and good for you for finishing it! Sometimes these never-ending projects challenge us just to get to the finish line!

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  16. Beautiful coat, Robin! I know you'll enjoy it for many years...

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  17. Beatuiful. Congratulations on another fantastic completed project. It's so perfect for you. Looking forward to seing what's next.

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  18. I love the pattern--vintage looking and yet modern--and the match of fabric and buttons to the design. Thanks for sharing your journey and the wonderful conclusion!

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  19. Love your coat! Sewing something and being happy with it - nothing better!

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  20. FAB-U_LOUS! I love a defined waist too, but we all need coats that we can wear over heavy layers some times. This coat has the cocoon shape that is trendy without overwhelming your frame. I think it is because you got the fit in the shoulders just right. Lovely.

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  21. A fabulous coat... and I love the expressions on your face! You SHOULD be that pleased with your wonderful coat... great job and it looks perfect on you!

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  22. That is a beautiful coat Robin - love it

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  23. Fabulous jacket! It looks and fits great.

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  24. what a fabulous coat. Enjoy wearing it through the winter.
    Lois K

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  25. That is really impressive, great work!

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  26. Cosy and stylish! I bet you'll love wearing it all winter long!

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  27. What a great coat, you are a very good seamstress!

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  28. Beautiful coat--it suits you so well. I especailly love it with the collar up: all five buttons leading up to the collar framing and cozying your happy face. Elle

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  29. The coat, the smile--they say it all. Thanks for sharing your coat journey.

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  30. Wonderful, Robin! As much as one can enjoy cold weather--enjoy wearing this beautiful coat!

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  31. Brava -- it's lovely. You'll enjoy it for years to come I'm sure.

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  32. Wonderful coat Robin. Of all the patterns you looked at I think that this one is the most versatile. Everyone needs a coat that fits over lots of layers but it's also modern and flattering. Enjoy!

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  33. Oh yes, excellent! You look adorable with the collar up. This is so classic you will have it forever.

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  34. Looks fabulous! Love the choice of buttons.

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  35. So classic and stylish! You have an amazing coat and it looks fantastic on you :)

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  36. That coat was definitely worth the hard work! It's looking really good!

    Joy

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  37. Great coat - and it looks so warm.

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  38. It's a fantastic coat!! Congrats, good work!

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  39. Your coat looks so beautiful. It looks RTW and I hope to someday get to your level of sewing.

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  40. Robyn, lovely coat! I have been following your progress from the beginning because I have plans for this coat, too. Mine will be a brushed wool. My question: since it appears that we both will be wearing the coat with the collar down most of the time, would it be worth it to put a CB seam in the undercollar and cut it on the bias? Or does it look much better on the straight grain?

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  41. That coat is fantastic! You really did find the perfect pattern for this project.

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  42. Congratulations on sticking with a project that takes time but the time is so worth it - great job. Your coat looks fantastic on you.

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  43. Your coat looks amazing! Congrats on finishing a beautiful project!

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  44. Fabulous!! Congrats, I've loved following your progress.

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  45. It's lovely - and looks super warm and stylish. I certainly understand the concept of coat fetish - they are my favourite things to make because they totally finish an outfit.

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  46. That looks so cosy and professional!

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  47. I'm just bringing my pom poms out to join the cheer squad. What a great job, a practical and stylish coat that should give you years of wear and pleasure.

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  48. Congratulations! The coat looks fantastic and cuddly to wear!

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  49. Coat turned out great! Your buttons really add to the look!

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  51. Wow, this looks great! I'm so impressed! But watch out when you meet up with local sewists or you might get coat-jacked! This coat is fab!

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  52. Health to wear. You look really happy in your warm winter coat.

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  53. Gorgeous coat! Love the style. Style Arc, here I come......

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  54. I LOVE that feeling at the end of a project. Gets me every time. Surely it's gotta be at least half the reason why we sew!! The coat is gorgeous, as are you in it :)

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  55. AAAAHHH your coat is GORGEOUS! I love every little bit of it, and I'm so happy to see that you got it finished! Way to go. :D

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  56. Great looking coat. I am sure you will wear it often.

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  57. Fabulous coat, it was well worth the time to choose the pattern carefully - now you have a true classic that you can wear for years to come.

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  58. Gorgeous! All your diligence picking the right pattern paid off! It's been fun to follow along while you made this coat. I learned quite a lot, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you plan to make next!

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  59. What an absolute winner! There is nothing quite as exhilarating as the last stitch on a long project. Congratulations on finishing this beautiful coat and for taking readers on the journey with you.

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    1. .....and thank you for taking the readers on the journey with you. :)

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  60. Your black tweed coat turned out beautifully, and you look like a million dollars in it! nancy2001

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  62. Robin, The "taming" of the fabric paid off. Now you have a very well made attractive winter coat. I love it.

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