Breaking Ground Blog Tour: My First Coat

Today and tomorrow, I’m on the Breaking Ground Blog Tour. Be sure you read to the end for a cool giveaway. For today’s stop on the tour, I made my first coat. I was pretty indecisive about what coat I wanted to make. I wound up deciding to use some Italian tweed I had in my stash that was originally from Mood, and I chose the Seamwork Jill Coatigan. Initially, I was a bit overly ambitious, and I think this was a good fit for me to do. On my adventure of making the coat, I managed to somehow break the lever for my brand new coverstitch’s presser foot…I made it work, though, but now, I suppose it’s time for it to go into the spa.

Teddy coats are really popular right now, so I wanted to do something similar – but I didn’t want to work with faux fur. I just got my sewing room in something that resembles order, and just wasn’t feeling pulling the fur up from everywhere, but perhaps in the future I’ll do that. I think it would be fun. I wanted the shape of one of the coats though, and I thought this tweed would work well.

About the Pattern

I have a subscription to Seamwork Magazine, and so I’ve been stashing up a ton of their patterns for a while. The Jill Coatigan is one of them. It’s a good beginner-intermediate pattern. There’s a shawl collar and a kick pleat, and outside of that it’s pretty basic. Oh! And pockets, but I chose not to do the pockets on this because I thought they’d be too bulky in this fabric. It’s unlined, so it makes it a fairly quick sew as far as coats go.

About the Fabric

I used this blue Italian wool tweed I picked up about five years ago when we were living in California still. I think I got it on sale from Mood, but I don’t see it available on their site anymore. It’s when they had a “fabric of the week.” It’s a medium weight, and has nice drape. I really like how it sewed up, and it’s a color that goes well with a lot of what I have in my closet right now.

My Coat

It was actually a lot of fun to sew this up, and maybe I’ll try it in a plush fabric next time. I will size up next time. I made the XL, and I think I would have benefitted in the arms from the 2X.

Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2019. This year over 25 bloggers from around the world are joining with me to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. (Read on for Giveaway info) The Full Tour includes all these creatives… we hope you’ll visit us each day:

Monday March 11That’s Sew Lily, Sewing A La Carte, Mijn 11jes & ik

Tuesday March 12mahlicadesigns, Embrace Everyday, Jot Designs, auschick sews, Raising Stripling Warriors

Wednesday March 13Musings of A Seamstress, Very Blissful, Sew4Five, Just Sew Something, Hazelnut Handmade, Crafting Through Time, Tales From A Southern Mom

Thursday March 14Make It Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier, Ronda B Handmade, SequioaLynn Sews, Sewing with D, The Sewing Goatherd, OOYAmade, My Golden Thimble, Custom Made by Laura

Friday March 15Sew Cute Couture by Kathy, Sewing Novice, Ronda B Handmade, Momma Bear Sews, MeMade, My Golden Thimble, Lulu & Celeste

Breaking News: our tour sponsor Phat Quarters is offering 2 patterns of choice from her pattern shop to one lucky winner.

Enter Here!


We’d love to see how you’re Breaking Ground this month. Share with us what you’re working on by using the hashtag #BreakingGround2019 across social media.

11 thoughts on “Breaking Ground Blog Tour: My First Coat

  1. Making a coat has been on my to do list every fall for the last four years, but I always chicken out. It just seems so time consuming. Maybe this will be my year?
    I’m really impressed by your tweed coat. The fabric is sophisticated and the color is definitley more fun that the usual neutrals that abound.


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