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Thursday, May 26, 2011

McCall's 5525



Description: From pattern: Semi-fitted, lined, double-breasted jacket and coat have collar, lengths and sleeve variations, shoulder pads, princess seams and side front pockets; coats B, D and E have back vent; jackets A, C, coats B, D, E have belt carriers; jacket C, coat E have epaulets with button closure; coat E has pocket flaps with button trim; jacket C, coat E have collar tab; jacket C has front yoke; jacket C, coat E have back buttoned yoke; coats B, E, jacket C have sleeves with button bands; jackets A, C, coats B, D, E have topstitch trim, button closure; jackets A, C and coats D, E have self-tie belt.

Sizing:  8 to 24

Instructions: The instructions were good. You just have to be careful with each step, so many different views and pattern pieces possibilities, easy to miss a step in the instructions

Likes and dislikes: The style of the trench, classic and stylish. Also, there are so many possibilities to really make this coat your own.  I like the topstitching but next time will do 1/4" instead of the 3/8" as per the instructions.  I find it easier to follow the edge of my presser foot.  Plus the 3/8" topstitching seems to be pretty wide, especially when adding buttonholes.

Fabric:  A cotton twill from Joann's, part of the Lisette collection. Here is the collection and here you can see the colors a bit better

Changes: I just made the changes mentioned above. This trench is for my daughter, Erin,  and initially I had cut out the front yoke and back yoke flaps. After working on the coat and thinking about her style, the yoke flaps were just a bit too much for what she likes. I did make the sleeve bands, felt the trench needed the bit of extra design factor. 


Erin picked white buttons, I was thinking black because of the lining.  So happy I went with the white, really makes the trench pop.



lining

Sew it again:  I might sew it again, really enjoyed the process and the end results is wonderful. There is a reason this pattern is a Best Pattern of 2009, great results. Also, it as 36 reviews, so many people are liking it.


Conclusion: A winner, my daughter is thrilled with her coat, I am thrilled with her coat and in my daughter's words "the coat is awesome" Makes it even better for me.





Here is the back but I don't like the picture, the dressform doesn't fill out the shoulders resulting in many wrinkles.

then I added one of my labels


24 comments:

  1. It IS an awesome jacket! Beautiful color. And something that is timeless. It will be as fashionable in 10 year as it is today.

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  2. What a cute trench!! I've been thinking about pulling this pattern back out to make another one, this time for me in a cute little polka dot :-)
    I know that great feeling when your kids appreciate your sewing, it's the best!

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  3. Wonderful Lori! I have this pattern and a remnant wool gabardine that I'm hoping will be enough fabric for the coat. Do you know roughly how much fabric you used? I'm a it short of the recommended yardage, but keeping my fingers crossed that I can make it work, especially after seeing Erin's coat.

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  4. Gorgeous! The inside is just as perfect as the outside, too.

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  5. Awesome is the perfect word to describe this beautiful trench. The outer fabric and lining are perfectly paired - this is a coat with real wow factor. Erin is a lucky lady to have such a fabulous garment especially made for her

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  6. That is a fantastic jacket! I love the turquoise color. I have this pattern and I may have to give it a try this fall. It would be my first jacket though. :]

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  7. Oh I'd love that for myself!

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  8. Totally gorgeous!

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  9. That coat really is awesome. What a stand-out color and the lining is just gorgeous. I really want to make this pattern too. So many wonderful versions and yours is no exception. Great job!

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  10. Perfect color, perfect lining, perfect button pick, perfect baby trench.

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  11. I can see why your daughter is happy - that is a fabulous jacket, made beautifully! I have this pattern and you are making me want to get it out and make one too!

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  12. Beautiful trench! I love the unexpected colour.

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  13. Just gorgeous. I love the colour and am a complete sucker for trench coats.

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  14. Just perfect! I do love a sneak lining!

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  15. Fantastic coat1 What a lucky daughter! Mimi

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  16. what a great jacket..nicely done, Lori

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  17. That is so nice, Lori. My daughter also wants a colorful trench, but I don't know if I'm quite up for a serious sewing project just yet.

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  18. Perfect in every way. What a gorgeous color, such a lucky daughter.

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  19. What a cute jacket! It is awesome!!

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  20. Beautiful jacket, Lori!

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  21. Just wanted to let you know we like your version of M5525 so much that we posted a link to your blog from our McCall's Patterns Facebook page. The jacket if great!
    http://www.facebook.com/mccallspatterns

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  22. Totally inspired! Did you use pattern C and then just remove the yoke? It looks so much better than what the pattern showed. I've got to give this a shot. Your daughter is very lucky.

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  23. Wonderful trench. Love the colour! And the lining!

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