Introducing The Amazing Coat Sew-Along!

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Hello!  And welcome to my new blog.  I'm so excited to be doing this.  This new endeavor is something that I've been envisioning for a long time.  I just didn't have the time to give it and I wanted it... no it deserved to be amazing!  My mission here is to create a series of sew-alongs.  This new environment will cultivate the creative juices in intermediate to advanced sewers.  It's to encourage better sewing for better results in us all!  Beginners are most definitely welcomed, but this isn't a "learn to sew" blog.  This is more of a continuing education space.  I feel that the sewing blogosphere is currently saturated with "easy" and "beginner-friendly" sewing.  You can find that everywhere.  But as someone who has been practically sewing for my entire life, I love learning new and advanced techniques and applying them to my garments.  I love being challenged and learning and doing something new with almost every sewing project.  And I hope that most of you coming here feel the same way.  This isn't a judgement zone.  This is a "hey, did you think of doing this... or may you can try this next time to improve the look of your garment" zone.  I'm always learning and I'd like to think that most people that sew are open to new learning as well.  I feel that if you can sew a shirt or a dress, you can sew a coat.  So that's why our first sew-along will be a coat!

What's so different about this coat sew-along?  You get to choose your own pattern that will suit your style, taste, body type, etc...  

I'm here to guide you in fabric selections and the standards of tailoring.  Hopefully, after this sew-along, you will have learned valuable sewing lessons that you will be able to move forward with to your next tailoring project, such as another coat or a tailored jacket.

In the next days, I will be posting pattern suggestions, style inspirations, fabric suggestions and a supply list so that we can get this party started by October 1st!

I am so happy to welcome Coats & Clark as The Official Sponsor of The Amazing Coat Sew-Along!

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56 comments

  1. Great I can't wait!! I am thinking about doing the sewaholic trench or vogue 2449. I want a Burberry type fit 😁.

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    1. Excited to have you join! A trench would be fan for fall!

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  2. Excellent! So pleased the focus is intermediate/advanced too. Xx

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  3. Looking forward to this. I live in Cali so a light weight coat is all I need for winter. Soooo excited!!!

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  4. So excited and looking forward to this.

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  5. Erica, this is great. I'm going to participate by making a coat for my Mom. She is 92, extremely small and difficult to fit. I was planning on making her a special winter coat and could not believe when I saw this. Thanks for all you do for the sewing community.

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    1. Diane, what a beautiful gift! Thanks for joining!

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  6. Soooo looking forward to this!! Time to step my game up (aka stop being lazy and make some quality pieces). Thanks for guiding us!!

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  7. I am really excited about this, can't wait
    Jx

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  8. Very excited about this. Thank you!

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  9. I am in. I am so excited. I planning a plaid jacket with elbow patches and a felted under collar.

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    1. I am already in love with your details! I did suede elbow patches on a jacket before. You're inspiring me to want to do that again! Thanks THG!

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  10. This is so great, Erica! I've been eyeing Vogue 1467's snazzy jacket since it came out and would love to sew along!

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    1. Great! Thanks for participating Jenny!

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  11. I'm looking forward to this, and it's great to see something geared toward experienced folks. I love sew-a-longs as they help me set aside time for my sewing which is always an issue for me. Now I just need to look through my tons of coat patterns and decide which one to choose. I'm excited just to pick the pattern!

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    1. I collect coat patterns too because I love them so much! I'm haven't decided just yet either! Thanks Andrea!

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  12. Awesome! I have never participated in a sew-a-long. It's been on my to do list forever. I look forward to doing this. Thanks for creating this. Your other blog and work is amazing.

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    1. I get that. Previously, I didn't have a lot of time to commit to a sew-along schedule. But now that I do, we can all sew together! Thanks Rosalyn!

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  13. this is perfectly timed! i have been planning to sew a winter coat this year for some time, and have been collecting tips and tricks. but to have a group all doing this together, is even better! i will be sewing Marfy 2568, most likely with a few changes (adding a waist seam to help with fabric economy). i don't have fabric yet. i am particularly interested in making this a warm winter coat (i live in the midwest), so i am curious about interlining for warmth. i am also eager to make the most of the awesomest collar- so tailoring tricks will be welcomed :)

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    1. I can't wait to see your Marfy! I've been intending to make a Marfy pattern too. Thanks Erin!

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  14. I will do this !!!! I have to.decide on a pattern !

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  15. Thank you soooo much for doing this!!!!!

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  16. I am so excited by this! I have a good handful or two of coat/jacket patterns I have purchased over the years and have yet to sew a single one of them. I head into each fall declaring that I will make a coat or at least a snazzy jacket and then get distracted by some other shiny sewing object. This fall is my year! :)

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  17. AWESOME Erica! So I have like 30 coat patterns and I gots [yup I said gots] plenty of coating in my stash and by Gosh If I can find the time I will join the party!

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    1. I KNOW your coat will slay! I hope you find the time!

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    1. Pea coats are timeless, you should make it!

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  19. This is fantastic! My current issue is as a size 22/24 in most plus size clothing, my measurements are too big for most of the available commercial plus size patterns. I have to grade up most everything which is a hassle. I'm already altering a couple coat patterns now because I really want a fur coat and an embroidered jacket. The timing of this sew along is perfect! Can't wait to start this!

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  20. I'm so excited to see someone focusing on intermediate to advanced sewing! I have been really working lately at freeing up more time in my schedule to sew, but have been sewing my whole life as you have and am excited to learn new things. I'm going to do my best to keep up. Thanks for doing this!

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  21. I was so excited when I saw this but have been dragging my feet to commit. I have been wanting to make a winter coat for some time now but between work, school and family...no time. I have never participated in a sew-a-long so this may be the boost I need to get serious about setting a little time aside to do something for me! I have been wanting a warm coat that will accomodate bulky sweaters or blazers (and my unfortunate growing hips) but not look like its 3 sizes too big. I am a pearshaped size 16 RTW and open to suggestions on a good pattern. I am sooooo looking forward to this!!

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    1. Perhaps a coat with a full skirt bottom or a swing style. Thanks for joining Eliza!

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    1. Just by saying so! And you can also join us on Facebook (the link is in the sidebar). I'll also be adding a Flickr group as well! Thanks Chiccouturegyrl!

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  23. This is right on time, my daughter and I just picked up a boat load of coat and jacket patterns :)

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  24. Very excited...can't wait to get started!

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  25. Wow. This is great. I'm so wanting to make my coat this fall. I bought the fabric last year and it remains in my stash screaming at me to make it into a beautiful, classic everyday coat. This is just the thing to push me in the right direction.
    I'm so glad you want to focus on intermediate to advanced sewing techniques. I'm ready to up my game.
    And now to decide on the pattern..

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  26. Good Morning Erica, how do you pre-treat wool fabric without taking it to the dry cleaners?

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  27. Good morning Erica. I don't know why, but I am just finding your Coat Sew Along. My question is , will facebook be the only way of following this project. I realize it is probably almost over, but I would still like to read and be inspired. I am not a facebook fan, thus the question. Thanks in advance.

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