Opal Waterfall Coatigan

Sometimes inspiration strikes on the very last day.

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Last week it was still really cold and I still didn’t have a winter coat. I didn’t find one in stores that I liked and I didn’t have the courage to sew one all winter. Fast forward to last week when I realised that my favourite fabric store was still having sales and that a nice warm draped coat wouldn’t take me all that long to make.

Enter my all time favourite pattern: Opal Coat & Cardigan (#obviously)

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I took the regular pattern in a size D and drafted the new front using this tutorial. It created a lovely drape which is just perfect to snuggle up in.

I used a narrow knit facing on the back neck and left all of the other edges unfinished since this doesn’t fray. I turned the topedge of the pockets to the outside (learning from past mistakes) and just topstitched them with the raw edges visible.

I didn’t include any closures because the strap of my handbag keeps it closed #notpictured

The fabric is a warm and soft fleece lined with faux sheep. I wasn’t sold on the colour at first but since it was on sale and it was the only one left I bought it anyway. When it was finished I realised that while being bland in itself, it was the perfect coat to pair with all my clothes and all my scarves because it was this bland 🙂 #doublewin

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Fun fact about my hat and scarf: I bought the scarf years ago but always regretted not having a matching hat. So when my mom knitted this hat as a ‘muslin’ in a perfectly matching shade and weight I claimed it before she got a chance to wear it (or worse, re-purpose the yarn :D)

 

This is what happens when your 3 yr old tells you how to pose. Getting back at me for doing the same thing to her 😀 #sassykid #ebonyinthewild

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Final verdict:

LOVE. period – now where’s the cold?

Summary

Size:

  • size D

Alterations:

  • Added 40cm to the front panels to create the drape

Fabric:

  • 2m beige fleece + faux sheep (total cost €10)

 

Stay tuned for more!

xoxo

 

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SWAP Project 4: Buffalo Check Opal Coatigan

Buffalo Check Opal Cardigan

On Tuesday I happened to stumble upon a thriftshop which sells items by weight or by length. Textiles (clothes, bedlinnen, blankets, etc) were sold by weight. I rummaged through the bins hoping to score some fabric for muslins. I found quite a few that I liked. I even like most of them well enough to keep them for clothes rather than muslins. My favourite piece was a buffalo check wool blanket. I´ve been looking for nice buffalo check fabric for a while now, hoping to find some in flannel for a winter shirt, but this was definitely the next best thing!

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The minute I unpacked it at home, I realised this was destined to become my Spring coatigan. I couldn´t imagine it being any other pattern than the Opal Cardigan by Paprika Patterns. I love that pattern and I had already seen it made up in a woven so I was fairly confident it would work here as well. Because of the loose weave the fabric does have some ´give´ (rather than stretch) which I hoped would be enough.

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I was really happy to see that I could actually fit all my pattern pieces on my fabric. I hoped the ´give´ would be enough as I didn´t have enough fabric to cut a larger size. I managed to add 2cm to the center back (4cm in total). Just to be on the safe side. I knew I wouldn´t be needing the bands as I was planning on using the selvedge as center front and some bias binding for the back neckline. The cuffs weren´t necessary either because the sleeves are long enough without them.

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I had a slight panic attack when I realised I had failed to match one pocket and there was no fabric left. Leaving them off was not an option, since a coat without pockets would not get worn (I need room for my phone, a pacifier for each kid and preferably a packet of handkerchiefs). Luckily, there was IG to the rescue!

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I´m actually really happy with the angled pockets. They are angled towards my hand for easy access and they are just the right size! My phone fits comfortably at the bottom of each pocket so it can´t fall out 🙂

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I wanted to finish this off the way it deserved, so I made a beltloop out of the same bias tape and stitched in a label. Labels make everything so much nicer!

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I opted for a double row of stitching around the pockets to secure them. I didn´t want the loose weave to unravel under the pressure of using the pockets. I topstitched my side seams, shoulder and sleeve seams for the same reason. I kept the frayed blanket hem as my coatigan hem. Initially I wanted the same thing for the sleeves as well, but it looked like I was wearing an actual blanket. Not the look I was going for! So I cut the fraying off and used bias tape for the hem. I opted for elbow patches because I love brown suede elbow patches 😀 At first I used real suede but it was too bulky, so I took them off and used them as a template to cut some out of faux suede. They´re not 100% in the right position but I´m not taking them off again, it doesn´t bother me enough.

 

Final Verdict:

I am crazy about this thing! This is definitely something I would buy if I saw it hanging somewhere. I´ve already worn it out of the house and it´s perfect to throw on over a short sleeved t-shirt now that the weather is getting nicer. It´s a lot less scratchy than I feared, so that´s a big win! The hubby doesn´t really like it, but my Mom does. She said it was really ´me´ and I think that´s a huge compliment. She even volunteered to take pictures in the forest next to her house. Which is nice because it´s a lot nicer setting than indoors and I feel more comfortable with her behind the camera than the hubby. (She sucks at getting me centered in the shot though :D)

THE BEST PART: Because everything apart from the main fabric was deep stash or a gift, the total cost of this coatigan is €1,66! (!!!!!!!!) ❤

Buffalo Check Opal Cardigan

Summary:

Fabric and notions:

  • Wool thrifted blanket (125×140 cm) = € 1,66 (!!!!!)
  • Guterman thread (stash)
  • Faux suede (very deep stash)
  • Biastape (very deep stash)
  • Sewaholic label (gift from Tasia)

Pattern, size and alterations:

  • Opal Cardigan by Paprika Patterns
  • Size B – added 2cm at the center back
  • Made up in a non-stretch woven
  • Left off cuffs and bands
  • Angled the pockets

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Do you buy fabrics at thrift stores? Is it easy to find nice fabrics or is it limited to ´muslin´fabrics?

Paprika Patterns – Opal Cardigan: Review

It´s not a big secret that I like Lisa. I like her as a person, her lifestyle and I´m a big fan of her patterns. I´ve made the Jade skirt, the Jasper sweater and now her Opal Cardigan. I want to make her Zircon sweater/dress so badly, but since it doesn´t (really) agree with pregnancy or breastfeeding, I´m putting on hold for next year.

Back to the Opal Cardigan. When Lisa asked for testers, I was bummed because being pregnant I wasn´t the right woman for the job. So when she asked for reviewers* afterwards, I jumped at the chance because a buttonless cardigan is wearable whatever state you are in 🙂

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