Clasica Coat

Warning: This post is EXTREMELY pic heavy. :o)

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I must say that this is the garment with THE most work that I have ever knit. This coat surpassed even my seamless EZ cardigan!

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The knitting of it was fun with the crazy construction of the coat. But that crazy construction also meant that seaming it was alot of work! Add to that the fact that I wanted it lined. Yea, I didn’t do the lining but if I WOULD HAVE it would’ve been even more work! ;-)

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I chose a nice, silk rayon designer lining in bright colors for my coat.  It adds warmth and helps the coat keeps its shape.

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My best friend, Moises, is a tailor (lucky for me!).  He did the cutting and sewing for the lining.  He cut each piece of lining out before I seamed the coat together to ensure that the pieces were all the same (and plus, it was just easier!).  He folded the back in half and laid it on the fold of the fabric to cut that piece.  Since the fronts were the same, he used only one front and cut two pieces (one for each side).  The sleeves each had a different angle, not your standard set-in sleeve here, nope!  So he cut those individually.  Very importantly, he cut all the pieces at least 1″ larger all the way around to give him a seam allowance plus a margin of error in case the coat grew when blocked.  It did grow, but not too much.

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He seamed all of the pieces of lining together while I took the coat home, soaked, blocked and seamed it up.  I brought the coat back to him and he attached the lining.

To give the lining some looseness and at the same time, keep it in place, he attached 4″ x 0.5″ stripes of fabric at 8 key points along the shoulders and underarms from the lining to the coat (sorry, I didn’t get a pic of these!).  The lining came out FANTASTIC!  Thanks, Moe!  Love you, bro!

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By vote, all of you chose my big, brown square buttons which I think were a great choice.  Thank you, reader(s)!  :o)

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I am extremely pleased with my new coat and if you catch me at Rhinebeck in two weeks, you’ll get to see it in person!

Clasica Coat

  • Source: Interweave Knits, Fall 2009
  • Size: 50″
  • Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool, 4.16 skeins, 1988.5 yards
  • Color: Black #8095 (altho it’s more of a chocolate brown)
  • Needles: US Size 8 and 9
  • Gauge: as pattern
  • Cost: yarn – $55.96, buttons – 3 * $2.80 ea. = $8.40, lining – 2.5 yds at $8 per yd = $20; GRAND TOTAL = $84.36
  • Started: August 14, 2009
  • Finished: September 27, 2009
  • Mods: I added an inch to each sleeve and the lining.

26 thoughts on “Clasica Coat”

  1. OK, that lining is AWESOME – it totally sets off your face when the hood is up! The whole thing is really beautiful.

    So… does that “lots of work” factor mean you wouldn’t recommend the pattern? I’ve been eyeing it, but if it’s a PITA, I might skip it. :D

  2. That is awesome!!! I think I’m jealous….my piddley littte Amelia is going to look pitiful next to you clasica at rhinebeck. Lol! But really it’s beautiful.

  3. I know i already waxed poetic to you today about this but I’ll say it again. I LOVE THIS COAT! It looks so fantastic on you. The lining makes it even more fabulous!

  4. I love that jacket. You picked the perfect lining for it. Now I want to make one. By the way your tailor is hot. lol

  5. Wow! You did a great job and it looks fabu on you! You’re so lucky to have a (hot) tailor around too.

  6. Hi, I just found your blog the other day . I love it ! Your coat is gorgeous – to me I think it is better on you than on the
    Interweave cover . The lining and color is perfect . Well done ! And yes the tailor is hot too ! Lucky u !

  7. The cover of Interweave doesn’t do this coat any justice. Your coat looks way better, and should be the cover pic. Nuff said…. :-)

    BTW, I love the contrast in colors in the fabric that you picked for the lining.

  8. Totally beautiful Sweater Coat… Its totally gorgeous and the lining took it to new heights… and Your Bro did a fabulous job.

    Oh let me introduce myself… My name is Sheila and was introduced to your site by Two Cables n Frapp… will stayed tuned for your next fabulous creation.

  9. Wow – the lining looks amazing! I was wondering if I dared line mine (it’s in progress, need one more front and one more sleeve) and I’ve never lined a knit….but after seeing this I may give it a go. Lovely colour matching too! I too think yours looks better than the IW one! Better wool choice!

  10. i am making this coat currently and yours came out beautiful. i am at the last stages of it and was wonderingi f u could give me some tips on sewing the hood>

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