Pattern - Love Notions' Octave Coat - XS to 5XL
Skill Level - IntermediateFabric - Discovery Trekking Outfitters' Polartec Windpro Stretch
Skills - making belt loops, marking, pressing, hemming
Love Notions' newest pattern is a stylish coat with either a shawl collar or a dramatic hood. You have the option of a button closure or a belt - or choose both! It comes to mid-thigh which is the perfect length for covering a tunic top. You can make it lined or unlined and the pattern includes the new expanded sizing. It even has a full bust pattern piece!
Discovery Trekking Outfitter's Polartec Windpro Stretch fleece - a fabric I fell in love with the moment I laid hands on it! It's light, yet warm and is water repellant and wind resistant. It cut and sewed beautifully and has just the right stability for this pattern.
I've bought a few coat patterns over the years - some I've tried and failed at and others I was just too intimidated to try. Until now! I found the Love Notions Octave Coat a much easier sew than I was thinking it might be. Tami's patterns often have videos to take the mystery out of some of the techniques and this pattern is no exception. You will find a video to help you with the unique pocket construction and two to walk you through steps in lining the coat. And I have a few hints to help you along!
Making Belt LoopsWhen I took a serger course, I learned a quick and easy way to make belt loops.
MarkingMake sure you transfer all the pattern markings to your pattern pieces. I use coloured pins for sleeve/armscye markings and always use one colour for the back markings and another for the front ones so that I never get mixed up. The markings for the pockets, though, require something a little different. I found a fine felt marker that contrasted with my fabric. Since my fabric was quite thick, I wasn't worried about it bleeding through, but you can get fabric markers that will wash out - or you could use tailor's chalk.
PressingI hate ironing clothes but I simply couldn't sew without an iron. Some fabrics, however, aren't supposed to be ironed, and my fabric fell into that category. You can still give those seams a press, however - all you need is a pressing cloth. Mine is an old piece of sheeting.
HemmingThe Octave Coat has a slight curve to the hem and that means that unless you allow for that, you'll have tucks in the hem. That might not matter in a thinner fabric - such as cotton/spandex - but in thicker fabrics it might distort the hem and I want it to look clean on the inside, too.
Love Notions' Octave Coat