Saturday, November 3, 2012

Style Arc Stella coat

Yet another coat muslin, this time the Stella coat by Style Arc. The alterations were fast & easy, and I sewed the muslin with great hopes.






Because I was wearing only a thin top in all the photos above, there were big concerns about wearing ease. I sewed the same size I always sew in tops with Style Arc patterns. It is a close fit, and I'd go up a size next time.


This story has a happy ending. I have sewn yet another muslin AND I am very happy with it AND I can finally cut and sew my coat. I'll show you the other muslin next time I post. Til then, happy sewing!

35 comments:

  1. Oh, the coat is going to be fabulous. Clever identification of the problem and great fix.

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  2. Thank you! I have that pattern all ready to go, so your review is very timely for me (especially because I wasn't going to sew a muslin....)

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  3. nice! i'm happy you showed the sleeve ease fix, I have that problem sometimes with tops. good to know it's not a hard tweak!

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    1. Wendy, that is my forward shoulder coming through.

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  4. This is very exciting. The muslin itself looks great. Can you fashion that into a spring dress or some such? Maybe paint it or add gewgaws? I look forward to seeing the coat.

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    1. oh yes, indeed this would make a great frock for spring! And that will give me plenty of time to think about the paint and gewgaw ornamentation!

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  5. I have this pattern and I'm wondering - Is the collar wider than the pattern illustration indicates, or is it just because of the "flopping"?

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    1. The collar definitely seemed wider IRL than the illustration.

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  6. The coat is going to look great. Thanks for showing the alteration solution.

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  7. The coat style is a good choice. I'm glad you have a good fit now.

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  8. Love this pattern on you Robin, very flattering. I am v. curious as to what fabric you will use. Color?

    That sleeve snip was brilliant. Glad you figured that one out.

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    1. The fabric will have to be lightweight - maybe a wool crepe? But there is not enough wearing ease in the upper part of for me to use a coating fabric.

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    2. Can't you just add some ease?

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  9. love the style of the pattern, think it will look wonderful made up in the fashion fabric

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  10. Clever little adjustments!
    The shape and style of this is flattering on you, even in muslin form! I can't wait to see it in the real fabric.

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  11. That trench coat will be amazing! I love love trench coats. I'm happy to see someone else snips seams (and sometimes the middle of a garment where it pulls) to gauge what the heck is going on!! :)

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  12. Even your muslin looks totally chic! :-) Can't wait to see the progress.

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  13. Only you know the secrets of your muslin as you look ready for a fashion shoot to me. Can't wait to see the perfection of the final garment:)

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  14. Nice! I've been looking for a simple tie front coat (for a basic shell to wear over evening wear). This fits the bill but I can't justify buying another pattern at the mo' so will substitute something similar I already own XD Can't wait to see the final version.

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  15. I think this is going to be a great looking coat. Glad you're liking your second muslin. Look forward to seeing the finished project.

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  16. I really need to remember that "snipping" fitting trick - I guess it's pretty obvious, but it's also so genius! Cut the area that feels tight and see how the fabric falls...
    Anyway - this coat is going to be gorgeous!

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    1. ha ha, why didn't I think of this YEARS ago? Learn, young woman, learn from my mistakes!!

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  17. The style looks great on you. I'm glad you were able to fix the fit problems! Looking forward to hearing about the solution.

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  18. oh, it looks like we've got a similar sleeve issue. My shoulder tilts to the front so I've always got too much ease in the back shoulder and a tugging towards the front. My sleeve patterns look very odd compared to the typical but they fit me SO much better!

    the coat is a great shape on you. I'm seeing it in a small, bright floral in a laminated cotton raincoat material for the rainy spring =)

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  19. I think that this is going to look great on you. I like this style better than the others you've considered. It's more current. You also may have solved my sleeve issues. Did you measure the amount it opened and use that as the amount to add to the sleeve cap?

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  20. Can't wait to see the coat! Thanks for the post.

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  21. It's a great fitting solution. And I'm sure will be a very cute coat!

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  22. Clever picking up what was needing adjusting. Nice style on you.

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  23. Cute! I saw that pattern and really liked the look. Question - are there buttons? Seems like the fronts would just pull apart in the front (regardless of belt) and it wouldn't adequately work as a "keep you warm and dry" coat. Also, the collar opens quite a bit wider than would seem warm. It's really cute though. If you remember after wearing it a few times, let us know how you like it.

    I walk about a mile to work, usually with wind and/or rain, so I tend to focus on the funtionality part a lot. :) I carry a cross body commuter tote, so that usually puts some drag on whatever coat I'm wearing, hence my thoughts that the fronts would pull apart during general wear.

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    1. Nope, no buttons. I will add two (horizontally, as in a typical double breasted style) at the beltline.

      But this is not a good coat to keep me warm and dry - this is good for looking stylish. I intend to sew it up, but not as a warm, high functioning winter coat.

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    2. Ah, good to know. Stylish is still good - for me it just wouldn't get worn as often. Good idea to add a couple buttons at the beltline. Rubelin's laminated cotton idea would be cute in the spring.
      Happy Sewing!

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  24. Hey, this looks like it's going to be great! Really looking forward to seeing this made up!

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  25. I'll have to try Arc patterns and support Australian industry. The cut of the coat looks great on you, so can't wait to see the project outcome.

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  26. This was a fun way to tell your coat fitting story. The facial expression are priceless. Good luck with making your coat.

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  27. What I wouldn't give to be able to sew clothes! Love it:)

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