Marshmallow Coat

Hi team! I’m having a bit of a sewing hiatus at the moment, aside from finishing a few bits off. I really need to put my head down and get some solid work done on my research project, I need to hand it in next month! I’ve finished the data collection phase, and I’ll hopefully be done with my data analysis this weekend…then I just need to finish writing the damn thing. I’m really looking forward to mid October! But in the meantime I have a few new things to post to keep things ticking over here.

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This is what I’m affectionately calling my marshmallow coat, which I’m sure doesn’t need explaining! It’s the Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat, a pattern which I had admired on Instagram (where there are some amazing versions!), but had never really felt the need to make. I was sure it would look too oversized and daft on me, and the fact that it has no front closures made me think it would have limited wear-ability in Wellington. Then I got the opportunity to try on the beautiful grey wool version made by Gabrielle, and I flat out fell in love with it! It is huge and oversized, but in a dramatic and elegant way, and I had bought the pattern and was cutting it out before I knew it.

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Look at those beautiful swooshing seams! I had a lot of fun sewing this coat up. It’s a big but pretty simple project, as far as coats go. The sewing is all simple, with it’s dropped sleeves and grown-on facings and pocket bags, but each seam seems to go on forever! I made a couple of simple alterations, based on what Gabrielle had done with hers. I made the smallest size, and took an inch off the top of the sleeve and from the armscye, to shorten the sleeve by 2 inches total. I wanted the bracelet length sleeves from the sample photo, and they would have covered my wrists as drafted. I also opted to line the sleeves with my lining fabric rather than the wool I used for the outer, which cut down on bulk and made the coat feel lighter overall. Finally, I ran some seam tape along the diagonal front seam, which will hopefully help the pockets retain their shape.

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I used a blush pink wool/cashmere blend which I’ve had in my stash for over a year, it originally came from The Fabric Warehouse. I really love the colour, but I struggled a bit to match it to a pattern. I was seriously planning to use it to make a Gerard Coat from Republique du Chiffon, but in the end I’m glad I went with Sapporo! The wool behaved beautifully, of course, it sews and presses like a dream. It does crease a bit, as you can see in these pictures after a day of wear, but I can live with that!

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I lined it with another stash fabric, a Liberty Tana Lawn from The Fabric Store. It’s so smooth and lovely! I’m glad I finally used it for something, and I think it looks really pretty with this pink. And how nice are those mitered corners? This really is a lovely pattern to sew. Because I was having such a nice time sewing this I decided to pull out all of the stops and use one of the beautiful “HANDMADE” labels that I bought from Arrow Mountain to finish it off. It’s subtle, but I love it!

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I’m not going to lie, when I finished it and put it on for the first time I was worried that I just looked like a big pink lump. But after wearing it for a day (and getting a few complements from strangers on it!) I decided I really loved it. Funny how that happens sometimes! I’ve only managed to wear it out a few times since I finished it a couple of weeks age, the weather has been less than ideal recently, but I think it’ll be perfect for Spring and for Summer mornings. I’m looking forward to getting out and about in it!

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25 thoughts on “Marshmallow Coat

  1. oh you look lovely in it, not like a big pink lump at all hehe The colour looks gorgeous on you, and lining compliments the outer fabric so well, a natch made in heaven!

  2. This is so awesome! I keep on seeing great versions of this pattern and yours is another one. Shame I don’t need another cocoon coat. Or perhaps I do?!
    Now you’ve worn it, how do you feel about no closures? Are you itching to add some?

    1. Thanks! I’m finding the lack of closures fine, it’s big enough to overlap quite a lot in the front if I was to wrap myself in it! It would be easy enough to put some big hook and eye closures down the front if it gets annoying though 😊

  3. Oh it’s so pretty! The only thing stopping me from acquiring this is lack of closures…. what do you think about magnetic snaps to keep it shut? Hope you’re bringing it to melbs! 😉

  4. Ooh this is dreamy. I wish I could try on one – I love the idea of it for a chic around-the-house layer but the fabric requirements are a bit of a commitment for an experiment. The grey in the lining is so good with the pink!

    1. It’s a great pattern, but it’s definitely a big coat! I got mine out of 140cm x 2m of each lining and outer, which I think is a bit less than the fabric requirements stated, but still quite a bit.

  5. This looks so lovely! The colour is so pretty with the lining!

    I’m curious – how did you use the lining for the sleeve? Did it require drafting a facing as well? I’m making the same coat and also think my wool is too thick to use for the sleeve lining. Would appreciate any tips if possible. Thanks!

    1. Thanks! I didn’t draft a facing for the sleeve, I just cut the same sleeve piece out of lining and then understitched it at the wrist seam. I think a facing would be really nice though!

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