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. 

    Autumn wrap – New Look 6149

    In anticipation of the cool weather, I have been considering New Look’s 6149. Today’s Mothers Day (Happy Mothers Day to you all) and it’s warm weather.

    With the green print mesh I made this simple ‘as you please’ wrap top with long sleeves.

    The first iteration was a bit short and the hem flipped up, so I undid the hem and cut the lining back so it now sits flat. It’s now in the charity pile – finished and ready for someone else to wear.

    So I tried it again with 
    – a bit more length (5cm)
    – a larger front piece
    – clear elastic along the front neckline seam.

    This version was sewn on sewing machine. The cover stitch machine didn’t like the light weight knit I used.

    The sizing of this version worked just fine and I’ll wear this with my Silhouette Patterns cargoes.

    This third version uses a Charlie Brown remnant from Pitt Trading to go with my Minerva black jeans.

    This has become a great autumn wrap top.

    Here’s what the original print looked like.
    This remnant has taken me a long to figure out how to use it on me and it’s now a fun top to wear. Petites can wear large prints.
    Front wrap


    Side view with sleeve joins matching

    The back view
    Now to move onto the raglan V-neck version of this pattern.