My Winter Module: The Topper

I have my final piece in my winter module to share with you! My plan was to share this last week but…let’s just say, things went array. I finally got it finished on Friday and it was such a mess! I was so upset with it I had to hang it up out of sight until I felt brave enough to approach it with fresh eyes. Sometimes that’s how it goes when you make something yourself!

The piece I’m talking about is my topper, the Frida jacket from Fibre Mood. This is a bomber style jacket and I loved the inspiration photo made out of teddy bear fabric so much that I went on a hunt to find some for myself.

I ended up with this pale pink faux teddy bear fur from Minerva and while I love how it looks and feels, it was a royal pain in the ass to work with! Fuzz everywhere, it’s bulky and kind of hard to manipulate for details that were in this jacket, and I’m a little concerned that my finishes on the raw edges won’t stop this fabric from fuzzing and fraying.

I sewed up the size small and I lengthened the sleeves (lesson learned from my past makes!) and may have made them a little too long. I used some rib knit that was left over from a project I hope you will be seeing soon and I love how all the colors from my module are represented here!

I thought this would be a great little spring jacket and I don’t have anything like it in my closet. Whether I’m going out to run errands, taking a walk, or going to pick up the kids at school, I think this will be cute to throw on when it’s not cold enough for my big coat but still too cool for no coat at all.

I just don’t know if this is the coat I was hoping for. I hate how bulky the pockets are, I don’t love the shape on me, and I’m unhappy with the ribbing around the hem band. So, is this a complete fail? I’m not sure! I’ll give it a few tries but if I find myself bummed out every time I wear it, I may be giving it away or cutting it up for parts!

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.