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A winter coat in the middle of summer

Well it's winter up north.

This is the first coat I have ever made, a Closet Case Clare Coat in a charcoal poly/wool blend from Darn Cheap Fabrics in Melbourne.

I completed on a freezing weekend in July, a sewing camp in the forest, a big room with a roaring fire.

It was an enormously satisfying project to work on, and a good challenge. I proved to myself that I could take on a big sewing project and make it work, and I've got a coat I'm very happy with as well.

As I remember, cutting out the pattern pieces and doing all the fusing and making took an entire weekend. I also made it a bit hard still by cutting out interlining in cotton flannel to make the coat a bit thicker and warmer. I know people think it doesn't ever get really cold in Australia and of course unlike Europe or North America, it doesn't, but it does get cold enough for a coat like this.

Anyway, I took this coat, all the pattern pieces, and got it all done in one go. I made view B, with a zip instea…

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