Silvia Coatigan

So the interview I mentioned in my last post had a successful outcome and I’m due to start my new job next week. I’ve had this last week off, so I started on a coat project which I was planning to do over Christmas. The temperature’s dropped in the UK over the last few days, so it’s been nice having a new coat! 

I was going to make a Grainline Cascade, but decided to go with a Schnittchen Silvia Coatigan, and I’m glad I did!

I found this gorgeous quality 100% wool remnant on eBay, it was a complete fluke of luck because it was really quite cheap and nearly 4 m worth. It’s a UK brand of wool in a lovely light blue, with a grey marl fleck. I think it’s originally designed for upholstering, but because it’s so thick and sturdy it’s made a brilliant coat – I think it really suits the boxy cocoon shape.

I went with a smaller size on the shoulders and tapered out to the correct size over my hips as I tend to find this shape can make me look ridiculous, so I was cautious in getting this to fit right. I also removed 4 inches off the arms, as I think that ‘bracelet length’ sleeve balances out the body shape. FYI I’m 5,1″ so I often find sleeves to be ridiculously long on me anyway, I have to roll everything up all the time. 

Whilst I love this shape, I do think that it’s not necessarily the most slimming for those of us not tall and slender – but bugger it, gonna wear it anyway! Do what I want 🙂

I’ve lined it with a viscose crepe with little black hearts on it, I think it’s a bit sweet! I made a belt loop and drafted pocket facings so the lining doesn’t peek out.

I’ve sewn a little silver clasp on as I thought I might want to be able to close the coat in the wind, but having taken the coat out for a walk around town today I’ve decided I don’t really like it and will probably get rid.

Here’s the Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee I’m wearing underneath the coat. Found this gorgeous soft sweater knit for £3 a metre on eBay. I love this pattern, this is my 8th version! 


Grainline Studio – Morris Blazer

I noticed that I have a gap in my wardrobe, between casual weekend and semi-casual work – sometimes I need something slightly fancier.

So I made a blazer. I’ve been planning to do this for months, but I have an interview soon so thought I’d get on and make it as I hope that wearing handmade might bring me luck!

I’ve used a cheapie stretch twill in maroon off eBay that cost a couple of pounds a metre. I didn’t bother making a muslin, since this fabric was so cheap.

I really like the way it fits, I cut a straight 10 and in the stretchy fabric it’s comfortable and easy to wear.


I’ve seen a couple of versions online with rounded collars – what a brilliant idea to mix it up a bit. I think I’ll try that with the next one. Already planning to use a grey ponte. Less formal than this version, but perfect for work!

Closet case files – Carolyn pajamas 

I decided to make a blog! 

I’ve been sewing for a year now, and I think that 50% of what I wear daily is handmade. I’ve got a very long ‘to sew’ list, but it is tricky to fit it in around work and uni. 

When I do find a bit of time, I’ve been trying to make things that challenge me so I learn new skills. I’ve just finished these Carolyn Pajamas by Closetcasefiles, and I’m totally in love with them! I’m already planning my next pair.

Carolyn pajamas

The fabric is a nice, crisp cotton I found on eBay through a Korean seller. I’m a big fan of Korean prints, they do some cute stuff!
My next pair I’ll give the piping a go!