Its Amanda here back on the blog and this time with something a little different. I have made the newest pattern from Tilly & The Buttons the Eden Coat from this fabulous Fleece Backed Soft Shell fabric.
The pattern includes two different styles one being a duffle coat which is longer in length and the other a shorter fisherman style raincoat. Given we are now in May I thought a new raincoat would be perfect given this is prime time in the UK for showers.
I toyed with the idea of taping the seams to make it super waterproof but I do already own a raincoat which withstands even the heaviest of downpours and so a showerproof jacket was what I was going for.
When I saw this fabric I immediately knew the yellow colourway would be perfect as I had some navy padded lining in my stash which would compliment it perfectly. As you can see the jacket fastens with snaps and also an open ended zip, however, the zip is in fact optional and you don’t need to add it if you don’t want to. I have only inserted a couple of open ended zips before so I thought I needed the practice and also felt it would add to the warmth of the jacket.
When the fabric arrived it was incredibly soft but a lot thicker than I expected and as I had a padded lining in mind I was slightly concerned everything would be too bulky. The colour of the fabric was just what I had in mind and the right side has a neoprene type feel. As you can see from the images the jacket turned out to be more of a winter style coat and due to the Soft Shell having a fleece back it is super warm.
I had intended to add pockets and really liked the pleated version. However, when I attached the first pocket it was clear that, firstly the pockets were way too high for me, and secondly that the fabric, when lined, was too bulky. I therefore chose to leave the pockets off and may go back in and add some inseam pockets or the patch pockets but leave them unlined.
As I was leaving off the pockets I wanted a bit of interest and therefore chose to add the storm flaps on both the front and the back. I really like this feature and think it definitely makes the jacket stand out.
Everything sewed up really well on my machine, which is a bit of a beast, but I had to understitch and topstitch everywhere I could in order to make everything sit correctly. Due to the thickness of the fabric I used a jeans needle and changed it frequently to ensure it stayed sharp and didn’t skip stitches. As you can probably see I actually attached the storm flaps on the front of the jacket to the front bodice pieces to stop them from poking out when worn. I have also run a line of topstitching around the hood to keep the lining flush and also an extra line of stitching around the bottom of the jacket to keep the hem facing in place.
Whilst it’s not strictly what I had in mind I am pleased with how the jacket has turned out and it is perfect for the cooler weather. My husband has taken a shine to it and tried it on whilst asking “so is it a unisex pattern then?” He also asked me what other colourways Sheona had to see if he could put in an order for one!!!
If I were to make this jacket again a less bulky lining would definitely be preferable and I note the pattern suggests a single jersey lining but I was worried this would be a pain to slip on and off.
I used some 15mm Prym Anorak Snaps for the front and hood and I really love these snaps they are perfect for outerwear and also for use with denim. I used just plain silver for this make but they come in a range of finishes.
Anyway that’s all from me. Until next time!