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Handmade maternity coat

handmade maternity coat
handmade maternity coat
handmade maternity coat
handmade maternity coat

Dave made me another thing – this awesome maternity coat! I’m SO happy to finally have a coat I can actually do up!

I’ve decided to do this post in the sew weekly style, even though this is not a sewing blog, just to try it out.

3 metres of lovely splurgy tweedy wool. Well, 2.50 metres because here’s about half a metre left after shortening it. Plus a sheet from the charity shop, or which there is loads left.

Burdastyle maternity jacket 02/2012. Not a very sexy name! I think because it originally from the Burda magazine, rather than made for the website.

Incidentally, I read something a while ago about how awful pdf patterns are. And I get all the arguments, but I can’t hate them. To be fair, I’ve only ever sewn two garments in my life, but they were both pdf patterns. I’m not sure I’d ever have dared to go near any sewing myself if I’d had to buy a ‘proper pattern’. Somehow the downloadableness of pdfs makes them seem less daunting.

Size and alterations:

I measured myself and was once again baffled by the Burdastyle sizing chart. Apparently I have size 42 boobs and 44 hips at the same time as being an extra small elsewhere! Who knew?

We cut it as a 42 top with 44 bottoms, which turned out way too big really, but since it’s mainly a big tent like shape and who knows how much more I’ll grow in the final two months it wasn’t too much of a problem. Rather than recutting it, Dave added an extra pleat around the neck, and that seemed to do it.

It’s also about 30cms shorter than the pattern. I know I’m fairly short, but the model they showed it on must be a giant! On me it almost came to the bottom.

Oh, and this, unlike the pattern, it is lined. The lining is actually the muslin, made on the wrong side of the fabric intentionally.

4 poppers

Time to complete:
About two weeks on and off. There was a lot of doing other things going on. Dave originally estimated a day when added all together, then I looked at him incredulously, so he said a day and a half, then two days.

Music listened to:
BBC 6 music mainly. I’ve been spending a bit more time in the kitchen in the evenings recently, listening to the radio, it’s nice.

First worn:
Last Friday (30 September), when it only had one button.

Wear again:
I have worn it every day since and will wear it every day until le bebe emerges.

Total cost:
wool fabric – £45 (and that was in the sale)
sheet from charity shop – £5
poppers – not sure, about a fiver? They were new.
thread – stash
total – £55. Quite a lot then, but about the same or cheaper than buying a maternity coat online. The wool fabric is beautiful and I would totally splurge on it again.

You may congratulate Dave on his mad sewing skilllzz, he’ll like that!

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  • J. 15 October 2012, 8:17 am

    What a fabulous coat, before even taking into account the maternity-ness of it.
    This may not have been super cheap, but I bet that maternity coat online was not made of wool.
    This would probably work well over a sling, too, if you should find you use one with le bebe. Also, because you’ve cut it shorter, it looks from the pictures as though it doesn’t get narrower again below the bump, which suggests to me that it might, perhaps with the judicious addition of a differently placed button, but it might also work as a swing type coat once le bebe has made an appearance!
    Well done Dave!

  • Jane 15 October 2012, 8:54 am

    Well done Dave, it looks great!

  • Melizza 15 October 2012, 10:05 am

    Well done David! Fab coat. I love the color with the contrast lining. Very cute!
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  • Debi 15 October 2012, 10:49 am

    Love it! Amazing work, David!
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  • Roisin 15 October 2012, 12:49 pm

    Clever old Dave! This is brilliant – a coat is no small task – and it looks great on you, Franca! x
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  • Jen 15 October 2012, 2:42 pm

    Dave rocks, what a gorgeous coat! And you look beautiful in it.

  • Helen 15 October 2012, 3:59 pm

    Dave is awesome! This coat is amazing, I love the lining.
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  • Vix 15 October 2012, 5:03 pm

    Well done, Dave! that looks brilliant! x
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  • jane charles 15 October 2012, 6:15 pm

    Great stuff, it looks unique and fashionable. Almost designer stuff. Well done!

  • Mojca Stefanic 16 October 2012, 5:47 am

    Definitely, congratulations to your amazing coat-sewing husband! The coat looks great, and it will be a wonderful story to tell to your child (Daddy made a coat for Mummy when you were in my tummy…)! Sorry about that…
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  • madam0wl 16 October 2012, 3:08 pm

    I saw this in your flickr and meant to comment there but I liked reading about it here on the blog. It looks great and has a nice retro silhouette. Could it be reversible too, with the floral sheet lining worn to the outside? I suppose the snaps might not work but I bet it would look cute that way too.
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  • Martha McKie 16 October 2012, 7:20 pm

    Hi Franca! I haven’t commented but one other time, so here are belated congratulations on your coming Mommy-hood!

    I just LOVE this new coat your Dave has made. The fabric you chose is fantastic, and I’m glad to see that you are going to be cozy during the cold weather.

    Thanks for your blog. Great interest in artistic dressing.


  • kitsune-kun 17 October 2012, 1:17 am

    such a beautiful material!!

  • Roobeedoo 17 October 2012, 8:48 am

    Fab-tastic! That’s some man you’ve got there! 😉
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  • SACRAMENTO 18 October 2012, 7:44 am

    This baby is nearly her, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    You look lovely Franca, and that coat is so clever.
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  • Daisymay 18 October 2012, 3:05 pm

    Aww you look so cute! Well done on the coat it looks great. Nice vintage inspired addition to your wardrobe. Especially as your a bit limited on options at the mo (read newer post) Minimalism, isnt me either! lol!

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  • Pearl Westwood 21 October 2012, 6:01 pm

    This is absolutely amazing, much more special than anything you could have shop bought x
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  • Lorena 31 October 2012, 5:44 pm

    Awwwww he is so sweet and so very skilled-
    The jacket looks really, really good – i love the pattern on the fabric and the fact that le bebe will be wearing it for the following months to stay warm.
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