I've mentioned my wool coat that I made in college a few times, and I wear it quite a bit, so I thought I'd share some pictures of what it looks like! This is my favorite thing I've ever made, aside from my wedding dress, and probably more so, because I actually get to wear it all the time.
I made this coat in college for our contemporary tailoring course in the winter/spring of 2002. Contemporary tailoring was very similar to classical tailoring, but we got to learn some "shortcuts". There's more fusible interfacing and not quite as much handsewing, but there was still a lot, believe me! I don't remember much about it anymore. That was 9 years ago! The pattern is Vogue 9910.
In college, we didn't learn a lot about fitting or altering what we made. I did learn the value of the muslin, and we learned a few things about altering for fit, but I've learned so much more from reading sewing blogs and pattern reviews than I ever did at college.
Aside from lengthening the sleeves, I don't think I changed anything on this pattern, and I didn't make a muslin. I'm surprised it ended up fitting so well. This is the 3rd jacket I made from this pattern, and the only one that really turned out. I attribute that to the quality of the wool. It's a nice thick melton wool that I bought at Davey Fabrics. I think they still carry the same wool!
I love this coat. I call it my crowning acheivement. I've enjoyed wearing it this winter since wool coats are all the rage, and I get to say I made my own!
This multi-coloured skirt is one of my all-time favorites. I absolutely love it. This is made from my favorite A-line skirt pattern (McCall's 3341). It's a size 14, and usually it's a bit snug and short on me, but I've lost some weight this winter, and it fits better now! Yay! The fabric is printed on the diagonal, and I like to think that it adds some curves to my straight hips.
I also made the black jacket in 2004. I designed it myself based on the close-fitting bodice sloper we drafted in one of our first year classes in college. I was always impressed with how well shirts and jackets fit when they were custom drafted for your own personal body.