My First Coat! A Review of V9136

It’s here! My first coat! I am so happy with how this turned out and it has got me motivated to try more coats. I have had this pattern, Very Easy Vogue 9136, in my stash for awhile and it was a great first coat pattern to sew. It is very oversized, drop shoulders, patch pockets, and no lining. I love, LOVE, the collar on this coat and all the drama it brings.

I read a few reviews before getting stated and everyone said to size down, so even though my measurements put me right at a medium, I made the size small. I think it was the right call as it is still oversized but not too overwhelming. I did shorten the belt in the back by about an inch so that it would cinch in a bit more, but other than that I made this pattern exactly as called for in the instructions.

I bought this boiled wool blend coating in the color turmeric from Stylemaker Fabrics over Black Friday and was unsure if it was the right weight. In the end I think it works, but this coat could absolutely hold up a more substantial, thicker wool. I also think this coat would benefit from a lining and I don’t think it would be hard to do.

The construction of this coat is fairly straight forward and honestly it is a relatively simple make. I took the time to make fabric covered buttons and I love the look of them. There was much debate (online in reviews and in my house!) on the placement and number of buttons. This is an asymmetrical coat and the one button floating there bugs some. The solution has been to just add one more button above it. I didn’t do that, but it was a hot topic on the review boards.

The only part of this coat I don’t love is the back yoke facing. I didn’t have enough fabric (story of my life…) so I used a cotton in my stash. It is fine and no one will see it, but the self fabric would make the insides as pretty as the outsides. It’s also why there is a seam in the yoke, but that doesn’t bother me at all.

Other than that, I am very proud of this make. I didn’t know if I’d love the dropped shoulders but I will say this silhouette makes wearing a coat with sweaters and bulkier tops very practical. It is warm and cozy and I look forward to wearing it all winter long!

Like I said, this is a great beginning coat and it has got me revved up to keep going and try some new techniques. Next month I have a lined rain coat coming up and then a blazer after that. I think near the end of the year I may try another warm winter coat. I don’t know that I would ever make this particular pattern again any time soon, simply because it is just such a statement coat, but I do think it would work in a lot of different fabrics.

4 thoughts on “My First Coat! A Review of V9136”

  1. Well done! You should be really proud – I think it looks fantastic, and the colour is amazing. I love making coats, and although it’s really a lot of work, it’s very satisfying when you get the comment from friends/colleagues I Can’t Believe You Made That! I think that adding a lining takes coat-making up to the next level and it also means that you can take more advantage of being able to add more interfacing to the fabric without it being on show. Incidentally, I watched you Vlog the other day where you shows the kit for the Kellie Anork and I just wanted to alert you to Rachel from Stitched-Up, a UK Vlogger who made the Kellie last year and published a really honest review of the pattern which might be worth a watch (nothing majorly wrong with it – just a few tweaks she would make for her next version). Can’t wait to see your version – I agree about omitting the waist elastic.

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  2. Your coat looks great! I made a cropped Jean jacket for my daughter. I was so nervous. It’s a Butterick pattern by Gertie. What an excellent challenge. Coats are actually really fun to make!

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