Last week, I drove over to my ‘local’ fabric warehouse half an hour away to collect my dressmaking shears which had been sent away to be sharpened (a student had tried to cut over a pin). In theory, I could have been in and out in two minutes and saved myself a bit of money, but I couldn’t resist having a quick look at the fabrics to see what was new.
As soon as I spotted this faux sheepskin in lilac I immediately thought ‘Coat’, and McCall’s 7480 was the perfect pattern as the envelope even shows it made in a similar fabric.
I adapted the pattern to suit the fabric in several areas, the first being to use the same fabric for the pockets rather than the suggested lining fabric.
The pockets are top stitched to the front of the coat to stop them flapping around inside.
So this is the coat finished according to the instructions and they suggest that a purchased belt will act as a closure.
However, in my mind I pictured a single button of the traditional leather kind and found exactly what I was looking for after a quick rummage in my button tin.
That’s what I picture when I think of sheepskin coats, so I’m happy with that – much better than a belt.
I also decided to turn the cuffs up. so that the furry side would show a little bit.