Sewing My First Coat: 5 Suggested Tips from McCalls

For my first coat, I’ve decided  to go with Vogue 8930 .  Yes we have seen this coat pattern a few time within the last year but I think is is a perfect start for a coat beginner.

Blanket Coat V8930
Blanket Coat V8930

While preparing for my coat project, McCall’s posted on their blog Sewing Your First Coat: 5 Tips For Success.  YES RIGHT ON TIME!

Tip 1:  Take a look at RTW and designer coats you like first, for inspiration.

I have to agree…..I have so many coats that I love, but I had to choose based on my sewing skills level.  I was able to pick out 5 different coats to make, and I put them in order buy skill level.  I am going to be a coat making sister this fall/winter

Tip 2:  If this is your first coat to sew, stick with patterns featuring a loosely-fitted shape with minimal details.  

Giving my pattern section, I am on the right track for this step

Tip 3:  Choose a solid-color, quality 100% wool

For this step, because it is my first, my choice was a high quality print fleece.  I wanted to be able to under the coat process without damaging expensive wool.  I know for sure I do want to make this pattern again in wool.

Tip 4:  Select a lining fabric that’s warm and easy to work with

For this project, I am going with a basic suit lining.  Again I do not want to spare the expense while trying to learn a new sewing skill.

Tip 5:  Pressing is as important as the sewing. Use pressing tools.

After reviewing the pattern instructions, I will not need any coat pressing tools for this project, but I do currently own a pressing ham.  I am reading a tailor book and will be making additional purchases based on the book recommendations.

I am very excited to start this process.  I will journal my progress and keep you all posted. 🙂

Sew Much Love,



2015 Emmys: My Top Five Hits

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Sunday, everyone ran to the television not to see who won, but to see what people were wearing the the 2015 Emmy Awards Show.  Here are my top five favorites:


Teyonhah Parris in Francesca Miranda.  The dress just screamed “YES I HAVE ARRIVED”  it is a very bold statement garment.

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Lady Gaga in a classy black Brandon Maxwell Gown


Sofia Vergara of “Modern Family” wearing a strapless silver St. John custom gown


Christine Marazano in this see through gown.  Designer is unknown at this time.

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Nancy O’Dell in a white gown designed by herself.

Of course there were many more fashion that walked the red carpet, but these were my favorites.  Much much respect goes out to Nancy O’Dell.  I can relate to her dress more as a fashion designer and seamstress.  Nancy also has her own clothing line as well.

Until next time, enjoy your fashion day,