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Coat Month: Kimberly's Houndstooth Icon Coat

By straightstitchdesigns

I am Kimberly, the one woman show over at Straight Stitch Designs. When I am not shuttling my two kids, Sophie and Benny, to their many activities, I love designing sewing patterns and sewing myself a full wardrobe of handmade.

Kimberly's Icon Coat |

Hi everyone! I am Kimberly, the pattern designer and blogger at Straight Stitch Designs. I am so happy to be here today sharing with you during Coat Month. I was really quite thrilled when Allie asked me to participate, so thanks for having me!

Once I knew I needed to sew something up for Coat Month, I immediately started scoping out all the great outerwear patterns that Indiesew carries. Having seen swing coats all over the place for winter I thought the Icon Coat by See Kate Sew was a perfect pattern to write about today. 

Kimberly Payne | Icon Coat by See Kate Sew

As a mom of two young kids, I need clothes that are functional while still being stylish. This coat works for my everyday wear of skinny jeans and boots but can also be dressed up a little bit with my new Birkin Flares and some leopard flats. Animal print is totally a neutral, right?

Icon Coat Side | Straight Stitch Designs

I chose to work with a black-and-white houndstooth wool and then add a little surprise with a dark purple lining. No one really sees that part of the coat but it definitely makes me smile every time I put it on. If you are taking the time to make your own garments, you should definitely add elements that make you happy.

Icon Coat | Bagged Lining

Many of the small details are what make this pattern stand out. There are front and back pleats, giving a very retro silhouette, and eye-catching large welt pockets. I chose to make the coat in the shorter sleeve option, as it will take me through fall and winter, thanks to our mild temps here in Seattle.

Working on my first coat I knew I needed to rely on the pattern to walk me through the steps and the designer did just that. The pattern is fantastically written for those new to sewing bagged linings as well. I walked away from this sewing project with a newfound confidence in sewing outerwear.

Coat Month | Kimberly's Houndstooth Icon Coat

When reaching the end of the pattern, I chose to make a couple small design changes to better fit my style aesthetic and lifestyle. The pattern as written should have four additional buttons down the front. I chose to leave those buttons off and just sew one button at the collar making it a cape; such an easy change that resulted in a fun new look! The only other change I made was to leave the back pleat as an open pleat instead of whip stitching the bottom to make it a vent. 

Icon Coat | Swing Coat Sewing Pattern

Icon Coat Sewing Pattern | See Kate Sew

I couldn’t be happier with how my coat turned out and it is definitely a great fit for the pieces already in my wardrobe.

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