Pale Pink Coat

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I was never a girly girl. I didnt quite own any pink in my wardrobe as of a year ago. I put pink in my engineering presentation as an intern because I thought it was funny. Yet lately I’ve been very drawn to pale pink. I am not sure if its because I have two girly girls who loves pink – all of sudden I got pink flats and pink purses. So of course, I felt the need for a pink coat!

As usual I decided to use BurdaStyle Talea pattern and just alter it for the look I want. (I was going to make it with the Gerard pattern in my #2018makenine plans but chickened out last minute because I wasn’t sure if I can really pull off the oversized shoulder… there’s just no way to try it on without a large investment of time! #sewingproblems)  I put in a kick pleat, which I am really getting a hang of – I only had to watch the tutorials about 3 times before I remembered how to do it.

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I made it double breasted and a slightly exaggerated lapel. I also used a simple stripe of rectangle as the collar. (And the decision on how the collar should be was quite a democratic instagram exercise!) I am quite pleased with how the collar turned out! It is quite different than any designs Ive seen, and I have been patting myself on the collar for coming up with it as i went.

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I used two different fabric for lining – silk chaemeuse remnant for the sleeves because its slipper and I didnt have a lot, and a poly-rayon mix left over from my last coat project. Of course, white embroidery of my logo for a personal touch.

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On the down side – I was on the last stretch of this not-so-fusing fusible interface from walmart, and it stopped sticking to the fabric half way through the project :\ it creates a not so sharp look for the front pieces and makes me regret buying fusible from Walmart. Lesson learnt – do not cheap out on interface!

The buttons are something I didnt cheap out on – they are amazing vintage buttons I found on etsy. I searched for navy buttons (to match with jeans easily) and this is a double navy! There was only 12 so I had a lot of thought exercise about whether I had the budget to put buttons int he back and on the sleeves and on the shoulders… in the end I decided I wanted them to be all visible from the front. I am glad – it looks very nicely this way! It was very hard to get the buttons symmetrical for me though!

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I love my new coat! I am actually in great needs for lighter color coats as I am starting to gravitate towards more fun colors – I really only have my blue one in that category so this expanded my wardrobe choices quite a bit. It makes me want to make more neutral but colored pieces!

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Thank you for reading along!! I have been really thankful for all of you (even the ones I don’t know about) for reading about my obsessions with my sewing projects – it truly makes me happy to share it with you all!

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10 responses to “Pale Pink Coat

  • KM

    Love it!! And I know this post is for your coat but those heels! Giirrrrll! So sexy!

  • Girl in the Stix

    Beautiful job on the coat! Looks amazing!

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)

    so pretty – lovely color. And pocket perfection!!!

  • Meira

    Thank YOU for sharing them! It’s fun to read about fellow short people’s sewing 🙂

  • Caitlyn

    It’s funny how we can go for a long stretch of our lives not liking something, or thinking it doesn’t suit us, and then out of nowhere it’s like a switch has been flipped and we’re suddenly thrilled by the possibilities. 🙂 This color looks great on you, and the finishing is impressive—even though the interfacing was a dud, the entire thing looks professional and very chic. I’ll never get over how cool your embroidered logo looks; it makes me want a logo to put on my own garments! Finally, I have to echo KM and say those heels are fabulous!

    • juebejue

      So true! It is like a switch that just turns on!! Making embroidery with an embroidery sewing machine is not too bad, a one time investment of designing it in PC – and you can use it over and over again. I use the cheapest brother embroidery sewing machine at the time, but I see now they have lowered the price to $300 on their latest model, which is cheaper than some of the mechanical machines out there!

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