It’s the first day of the new year and I’m celebrating with a new jacket! Bennett has been complaining ever since I made his sweet peacoat that we were too matchy-matchy in our red plaids (my winter jacket from last year is a buffalo plaid)…so I decided that maybe it was time to make something else. I mean, both boys got a new winter coat recently, why did I get a new one too?
I’ve had this super thick wool knit, in a ton of colors, that was part of Bennett’s grandmother’s stash and decided that it was necessary to incorporate it into my make. I set out to the PDF sewing pattern world and stumbled upon this Amsterdam Coat from Rebecca Page. I’ve only sewn one other item from Rebecca (these Berry Bubble Shorts) but I love her style and drafting and knew that it would be a surefire win. And it was!
Of course, I’m annoying and made a few changes…but that’s to be expected. But honestly, not too much was adjusted. The pattern does call for a different button style, but once I had the jacket on me, I decided that I wanted it a little snugger, so I added buttonholes instead. I also didn’t do a facing for my hood, I just cut two of the same for the lining and outer fabrics, because I wanted more of the fur to show.
Speaking of fur. OMG. I’m in love. It’s SO COZY and soft and I am in heaven when it’s on. Normally, I wouldn’t line the sleeves of a jacket like this in anything besides an actual lining material…but I couldn’t help myself and fur lined the sleeves as well. It’s to die for. Seriously. Stop what you’re doing and go make a fur lined jacket.
Fur is an epic pain in the ass to cut, I seriously still have it all over my sewing room…and you can see it all over the outer fabric of the jacket too. But I don’t care. It was worth the torture.
I even went so far as to line my pockets with fur. My hands are thanking me.
The only thing I can really complain about this pattern is that the pocket bags are a little on the smaller side. I wish I’d have thought about it and make them larger, since my phone barely fits into them. Not a huge issue, just something to remember if I ever make this again.
I absolutely love how far the buttons go up the jacket. I cannot stand wearing scarfs, personally. But sometimes my neck is cold and I’m all “crap, I wish I had a scarf”. This solves my problems, because when buttoned all the way up, it literally closes me into the jacket and eliminates the need or want for a scarf. It was 9 degrees outside when I was taking these photos. The extra buttons were needed.
I was bummed when I realized that I didn’t have nearly enough of the royal wool to complete the jacket. And I was super nervous to do so, but I’m glad I did….because I took advantage of the princess seams and the upper/under sleeve drafting and created a colorblocked look for my jacket. I had a ton of navy wool, but I didn’t want an entire jacket in a dark color like that. But this two-toned version is a total winner.
Pattern: Amsterdam All-Weather Ladies Coat by Rebecca Page
Fabric: Family Find
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