Rugby worthy

Winter means going to rugby matches and wearing a decent coat is a must hence McCalls 6657 using a wool plaid from Minerva Crafts UK. I’ve paired this coat with my Minerva jeans Vogue 8774.

Here’s how this coat looked with no metal clasps but they arrived in the mail just this week!
Here’s how this coat now looks with the metal clasps. Thank you dear postal service for such a quick delivery. I’m still toying with the clasp placement but they are a perfect match.
Minerva Crafts has a great range metals clasps to choose from.

I’m still very much ‘Game of Thrones’ influenced at the moment – hence the hardware closure.

This fabric kept grabbing my attention when I visited Minerva Crafts in June. It’s got the colours I wear but plaid/checks. I’ve never used this type of plaid before – until now.
It’s lovely in real life.

McCalls 6657 is made for large checks and plaids so I took a chance and made View C with no test version. I know – daring right?

McCalls gives you the dimensions on the pattern pieces for bust, waist and hips. I made Extra small at the bust and waist and used Small for the hips. 

The adjustments:

Side seam pocket view with double belt loops
  • Roll shoulder adjustment
  • Raised the pocket by 2.5cm
  • Decreased the pocket bag depth by 2cm
  • Eliminated the centre back seam to cater for fabric lines
  • Added facing trim and coat hook trim
  • Added double belt loops on the side seams to keep the belt secure
  • Added lining

All the tech notes are here.

    I’m still in awe as the lines follow across the back and collar.

    McCalls 6657 is an unlined jacket so you only need to purchase the fabric and a few packs of binding from Minerva Crafts. This pattern has been in my pattern stash for ages, staring at me.

    While trawling through the fabrics with Sam  and the Minerva bloggers at Minerva in June, I didn’t have any pattern in mind when I ordered this fabric so I took a punt to get the fabric, lining and metal clasps. 

    We worked out that I’d need my coat length, sleeve length and 30cm for a collar and pockets. I had just enough to get every piece I needed. 

    The metal clasps are hand sewn on. I’ve been resewing them a few times so the fit is right without the closure looking tight or falling open because they’re too close.

    Also wearing Vogue 8774 jeans and CJ patterns cowl tunic
    I’m so excited because this coat worked first time! #cheesygrin

    I think I’m ready to wear a few more layers underneath this coat when head off to the rugby. We have a weekend in the ‘Outback’ soon so this coat is going to be worn a lot this winter.

    Thank you again Minerva Crafts for having such lovely fabrics and notions. 


    1. That is a gorgeous coat. Love the clasps and the stripe matching on the collar is perfect. Just what is needed for our cold weather. Hair is looking spectacular too.


    2. Awesome plaid matching Maria, very impressive! I hope it keeps you super warm because the only thing worse in my books than watching the rugby is being cold while doing it!


    3. This is wonderful Maria. Your plaid matching is spot on, and the fabric is every bit as lovely as I remember it from the Minerva meet up.


    4. I never thought of Melbourne Storm. My nephew will be stoked. Now if I see some red/white coating, I'll send you a txt.


    5. Sewing it up without testing is definitely daring (but it paid off, apparently). I do that too, but more because I'm lazy than because I'm daring. The fabric is perfect for the coat and I really like the interesting metal clasps. Overall, it has a great shape – not too long or too short.


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