Thursday, 7 August 2014

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. 

36 comments:

sewhopeful said...

Lovely fabric and I love the shape of the collar. Look how well you got all the plaid to line up! Another lovely coat. It really suits you.

Cherrypix said...

Look at that plaid matching! Another classy classic!

Kathy Sews said...

Yes! This coat is perfection. I really am digging the clasps.

beajay said...

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.

Andrea said...

The coat is lovely and just what you need for rugby watching especially if said game is after dark!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Janelle. I love this coat. It's such a classic fabric and style.

Velosewer said...

I was so thrilled they matched.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Kathy. Now I'm looking to add clasps to 'everything'.

Velosewer said...

Thank my hairdresser for the 'do'.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Andrea. We have a habit of going to night games.

Lori said...

Your jacket is wonderful and will be perfect for rugby. Excellent job on the plaid matching.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lori. I'm hoping to blend in at the rugby now.

Judie Loveday said...

Looks like the perfect rugby coat! It can get pretty darn cold in the stands.

Dorothy DotDot said...

Your coat looks wonderful. Those metal clasps are spot on for this garment!

Kristy Chan said...

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!

That's Sew Amy said...

It looks great! I love plaid coats so much <3 Great job on matching the plaid too - I know how big of a pain that really is!!

Sam said...

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.

Hoffi Coffi said...

Great pattern matching. :)

Anita McAdam said...

Love the vibrant check. That is a great winter coat! :)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Judie. It does get cold at those games.

Velosewer said...

Thanks. I tend to offer to get food and drinks so I don't get bored at the games.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Dorothy. The clasps are easy to sew on too.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Amy. I had just enough fabric to match each point too.

Velosewer said...

Hi Sam. It is lovely to sew and wear. This fabric just kept staring at the Minerva meet up saying 'take me home'.

Velosewer said...

Thanks HC:)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Anita.

Sheila said...

You did a fabulous job and looks great on you.

Sharon said...

Great looking winter coat, you have done an excellent job in pattern matching.

Gail said...

Great coat - Melbourne storm? I'm a Sydney Swans girl but I can't come at a red and white coat!

Velosewer said...

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.

Velosewer said...

Thanks.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sheila. I still love your versions of this pattern.

Allison C said...

Nice job on the plaid matching. I love these colours together and they look great on you.

Joy said...

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.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Allison. This was fun to cut out and see how they really did line up!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Joy. I do have an element of 'lazy' in me and I do try to ignore it.

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