Friday, March 16, 2018

Ottobre Georgia Coat


Ottobre 2/2012
#20 Georgia Outerwear Coat
Size 38
Alterations:  Shortened 2 inches below pocket placement line


This is such a great issue of Ottobre for women!  I wish I could remember what this fabric was labeled as, but I remember "suede" was part of the description.  The inside of the fabric definitely has that suede feel and texture, but the outside feels totally different.  It makes such a lovely coat and is very light weight too!  I took all that remained from the bolt and knew that it would be a challenge to make a coat from just shy of the 3 yards I was able to purchase.  However, being 5'1 does have its advantages because I knew I would be shortening my pattern.


Ottobre calls this "super-easy" and perhaps it would have been if I had not decided to take the time to finish all my seams with bias binding.  I took about 3 weeks from pattern tracing to installing the snaps, longer than I usually spend on any sewing project.  I enjoyed taking my time on this one and made sure to stop sewing if I was tired.

I used black cord for the drawstring at the waist, which helped with my limited fabric amount.  I also purchased a package of cord stops. This was not mentioned in the pattern materials, so I'm guessing Ottobre would have you just "tie" them together maybe?  I like having the cord stops so the ends can hang loosely.



I decided to add snaps to the pocket flaps to keep them fastened down, using a total of 18 snaps for this jacket!  I was able to eliminate 1 snap since I removed 2 inches from my length.  These are nice, deep and roomy pockets.

The fabric has a crinkled look to it, so I was particularly careful when ironing so they weren't removed if it could be avoided.


The collar is one large rectangular piece of fabric.  I like how you get a different look depending on whether you snap it up or leave it lying flat around your shoulders.

The instructions never said to cuff the sleeves.  However, they look to be in the photo.  If they aren't cuffed, they are extremely long.  I secured each cuff with tiny stitching at the sleeve seam and at the other side of the cuff.


A hem is used as a casing for self-fabric ties at the very bottom.  You can't see it in the photo, but there is about a 4 inch angled split between the base of the backside pattern pieces where the ties extend. You can barely see the CB seam of the jacket.



Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful! The perfect color and looks like the perfect fabric too. I can’t believe it was “super easy.” Looks very high end!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! I have been wanting an olive green jacket for so long. I saw this fabric in Joann's a couple of months ago but passed it up. Then I saw very little on the bolt and decided if I was going to get it, I better now before it was all gone! I couldn't be happier with the outcome.

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  2. It looks great! The colour is such a classic and I love the snaps. It’s sometimes really nice to throw yourself into a longer project.

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    1. Thanks! You are so right...it's nice to have a long project, especially one that has so many steps. It's good to exercise those sewing skill methods that quick gratifying projects don't have.

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  3. This is a great coat! I love the style and the color, and it is very flattering on you Shirley. You must be very pleased.

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    1. Thank you! Yes! I wore it out to the grocery store this morning and I can already tell that I'll be grabbing this coat before all others. I think I finally made the perfect coat for me...at least for spring time weather. :)

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  4. Awesome jacket Shirley! It looks like you put a ton of time into it because it is finished flawlessly!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I think it was pretty near to perfect for my standards ha ha. I wish I could learn to make a seamless transition at the armhole area when doing the binding strips. There is always something that doesn't go quite right, but no one will ever see it. :)

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  5. Love the style of this jacket. It looks like a really useful one to have in the wardrobe x

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  6. Thank you! After wearing it a few times, I'm contemplating whether or not to make in another color now.

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  7. Super cute! You did a great job again! I repeatedly read the post over and over. I love the shape and big cuffs, as well as your fabric choice.
    I didn't know Ottobre. Is the coat pattens from sewing magazine? Love it:)

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    1. Thank you Eli! I love Ottobre. I buy a subscription right from the Ottobre website. They are a magazine with pattern sheets in the middle that you remove and trace. The women's magazine is printed twice a year and you can make a whole wardrobe. Most times the fit is perfect for me. They have magazines for children which I use to buy when my kids were smaller and now they have started a Family issue that include patterns for men now.

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    2. Thank you so much for your reply! I've bought burda but I'm interested in the magazine too. I'll check their website😋

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  8. What an awesome jacket!! Love all the features and especially your bias binding on the insides. Looks comfy but oh-so-chic. :)

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    1. Thank you Lisa! It is so light weight that it hardly feels like I'm wearing a jacket at all. So far, this is my favorite jacket I've made.

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