Coat Muslin, and a Question

First of all, for those of you who also subscribe to BWOF, let me just say I really feel like they are phoning it in in the March issue.  I think a number of those patterns actually appeared in the September issue (like the skirt with sewed-down pleats).  And the things that are new are terrible.  Who wants this dress?


Why is it made of two kinds of fabric?  They actually have two versions of this, and the other is much worse.  Anyway, just a digression.

Since DH was at a work thing last night, I have finished a muslin of the coat.  In contrast to some  (much more talented) people who actually make muslins which are much nicer than my final product, this coat is a true muslin, made out of muslin.  It only has one sleeve, and only one side with a pocket, etc.  At the moment, this looks like a flasher coat.  I think it’s something about the color, and the length.  But I really like it, and am looking forward to making it up in fabric.



This actually came together pretty easily, except for the collar, which I think is not large enough (either tall enough or long enough).  Witness this: coat_muslin-003 which is the collar at the moment; it’s supposed to be flush.  Oops.  I’m off by about 1.25 inches.  But relative to the jacket I made last, this is a cinch.  The pockets are in the seam, and very easy to put together. 

The main barrier to moving forward on this (other than I want to make up a quick knit shirt as a break), is I dont know how to interface it.  I have at least three kinds of interfacing: pretty light, less light, and very stiff.  The fashion fabric is a fairly heavy brushed flannel.  What type of interfacing should I use in different parts?  Should I interface everything?  Or just the front and collar part, as in a regular jacket?  Maybe lighter interfacing on the entire thing?  Advice much appreciated…



  1. LOL @ flasher coat! Looking good so far. I am new to sewing, but it looks like you’re moving in the right direction. I read your review on PR. Don’t let this spring-like weather fool you–we do get snow in April, lol!

  2. inkstain said

    I too was appalled by the sack dress in the Burda March issue. Then I went to a shop Vero Moda and spotted a true grey cotton sack, just a rectangle with a V-neck hole for the head. For this they were charging a lot of money! Apparently somebody in Europe sent a model down the runway in a potato sack and Burda felt obliged to give us this “spring look” option, knowing sacks would fill the windows in our Continental boutiques. I even now have to give Burda credit for adding the drawstring and trying to add interest by doing it in a knit/satin combo.
    I’ve noticed that Burda is heavily influenced, not only by Vero Moda but also the Promod line out of Paris. This makes them fashion forward, to a degree that Vogue can’t claim, but sometimes, well, just dumb.

  3. Jenna said

    I mean, the sack doesn’t even fit the model. It’s a sack, how hard would that be?

  4. craftyprofessor said

    Inkstain: yes, I think this is a reasonable view of how Burda gets their ideas. And I do very much like the concept of this as a fancy reinterpretation of a potato sack!

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