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New Look Pattern 6163 - Blue cord duster coat

I really liked the look of this coat and chose some lovely dark blue velvet cord from a local shop.

The pattern specifies 2.5 yards of 60" wide fabric - I used 2 metres and had some to spare despite the nap.

There were no buttons and fastening is by hook and eye sewn on after making at the neck line.

I felt the pattern was slightly unsophisticated at times eg the hook and eye arrangement above is ok, but they would be better hidden behind the facings as with the Strand Coat by Merchant and Mills. The collar and front facings were sewn on together which made a heavy seam at the neck despite very careful layering and it was tricky to manipulate 2 things at once.  If making again, I would reduce the size of the side slits or even do away with them altogether.

Threads: Making and top stitching, Gutermann polyester. Machine: Pfaff 4.2 Quilt Expressions

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