After having sewn the Lagan coat in a beautiful 100% teal fabric, I wanted to sew another one, but in a more muted color.
I chose some wool blend from Minerva, in light grey.
The Lagan coat
Sewing a coat is a lobor of love. So many pieces to be cut, topstitching, installing sleeve head and shoulder pads, etc. It’s a long list of techniques. But it’s also rewarding.
I was lucky to have been a tester of the Lagan pattern back the,. It meant that all of the adjustments I needed had already been made! Have a look at my blogpost about the list of adjustments.
The fabric is wool blend. Rather lightweight and dry to to the touch.
I didn’t pre-wash it obviously, but I steamed it before cutting.
Instead of cutting on the fold, I traced my pieces in full and cut them with a rotary cutter.
Interfacing your pieces is tedious, but absolutely necessary. So be prepared! And wait for the pieces to cool before handling them.
A nice grey Lagan coat
Being a second project, it wasn’t a tricky project.
I hoped to sew some Spanish buttonholes like those, but I struggled and always got puckers on my samples so I went with traditional buttonholes.
I only sewed 4 buttons, because I had drastically reduced the overall length to suit my rather petite frame.
Test your buttonholes in the same condition as you will on your main fabric. With wool fabric layers+ interfacing, I had to lengthen and widen my zigzag to get the right size for my thick buttons.
Because it’s a rather lighweight fabric, I’ll wear this coat during mid-season or with a big ol’chunky knitted sweater underneath.
You can see it’s a bit wide on me. Probably because of 1. the fabric itself and 2. I’ve started a healthier journey and my whole body mass has changed since the adjusments. And I was too lazy (and hoped too much!) that it would be good!
The picture shows my Lagan worn over a Stan shirt. It was 30°C outside and I was melting!
It’s always a pleasure sewing Itch to Stitch’s patterns.
The fabric is really nice and easy to handle.
As an afterthougth, I should have sized down. I like my coats to be fitted. I will make do with a big sweater underneath!