Friday, February 7, 2014

How to Stay Warm in the Polar Vortex or FO and Pattern Review Vogue 2472

I'm done!  Hooray!!  This coat was pretty easy to put together, and I'm really happy with the outcome.

Here are the details and pattern review for Vogue 2472:

Pattern Description: Women's loose fitting coat with raglan sleeves and pockets, and options for the front closures and collar.

Pattern Sizing: Misses sizing, I made Size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.  I made view C, which has the offset closures and side seam pockets.

Vogue Pattern 2472 Basic Design Misses' Petite Coat

Were the instructions easy to follow?  The instructions were so easy to follow, I didn't really refer to them aside from glancing at them in the beginning.  This proved problematic for me when I was inserting the lining because the instructions indicate I should have stitched the front facing to the side front lining before attaching the sleeve lining, and I barged ahead in my usual fashion and assembled all the lining pieces before attaching to the facing.  A few ripped seams and we were back on track.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  This is a quick pattern to put together, and I LOVE the collar.  It helps block the winter winds!  The body of the coat is a bit bulkier than I normally would wear, but I left it as is for this version.  I suggest trying it on as you are sewing to see whether you're comfortable with the sizing.

I also really liked that there are darts on the tops of the sleeves to help with the shaping of the raglan style shoulder.

Fabric Used: For the exterior layer - a short pile faux fur with a design in the nap.  I used Kasha lining, which is a heavier weight lining with a brushed flannel backing, and I also used a flannelette for an interlining to add a layer of warmth without bulk.  I also used a sew-in interfacing rather than my "usual" iron on interfacing as I wasn't sure what would happen to the fur if it got heavily pressed.

I have noticed though that the faux fur is EXTREMELY static-y.  I wonder how I can help prevent this, I'm collecting dog hair like crazy!! I'm open to suggestions!!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I added an interlining, for this version I used a flannelette that I found on sale.  I cut the flannelette from the lining pieces included with the pattern but I cut them about 1-1/2" shorter than the lining pattern pieces. I assembled the interlining exactly as I did the lining.  This was then basted to the lining pieces at the neck, at the front facings and tacked at the underarms, but left loose at the bottom hem of the coat and the sleeve hems.

I did this to add an extra layer of warmth for the cold winters we typically experience where I live.  I realized that this coat will likely be worn when I go out for the evening and typically my "evening out" outfits are less warm and less layered than my office wear.

I also added about 2" of length to the sleeves to accommodate my longer arms.  And for the closures, I used oversized snaps in black instead of buttons.

Otherwise, I sewed this "as is" from the envelope.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, I'm planning on sewing this again in a wool flannel fabric to wear for day wear.

Conclusion: A great coat pattern that is easy to assemble, with lots of design options.  The basic design turns glamorous depending on your fabric choice!


  1. The coat is absolutely wonderful! Perfect for the horrible winter we are having!