Saturday Sewing: Parka Coat Toile no.2

A little diary of myself making a parka coat for my final collection at university studying fashion design. Happy reading!

12:00-14:00… I spent two hours sewing the back of the coat and then realised I didn’t know how to line it so I had to unpick it all… That was annoying to say the least.

14:00-15:10… I ate lunch, watched YouTube videos and looked at technical drawings on Pinterest of parka coats to see if I could work out the split tail at the back. I’m still clueless.

15:10…I’ve decided to work on the front of the coat instead. I can do this. Lets see how this goes… *music on: Nao’s album ‘Saturn’ *hair up

18:10… Completed the right side: zip and zip guard. It has taken me a long time because I had to change the facing to fit the cord channel.

*make a note to edit all the patterns effected: facing, collar, front panel & channel.

*make the zip guard longer by 0.5mm

18:15…. Dinner! I think I’m going to try and make vegan pancakes…

18:50… I mixed up a batch using soya milk, egg replacement and flour. Fingers crossed!

20:15… Pancakes were lush! Now back to sewing. I’m going to begin sewing the zip on the left side of the coat and then attach the flap.

20:55… Had to unpick and add 2cm in width on the left zip extension. UGH!

21:14… Lets start the left zip again…

23:00… Finished the zip and it lines up perfectly to centre front HOWEVER I need to shape the top slightly so it runs in line with the neck line. It’s going well though đŸ™‚

00:00… zzz…

I’ve written my to-do-list for tomorrow and Monday. I need to get everything done by 10am Tuesday for my second model fitting. I do have work tomorrow (9-5) but I still have the evening to get a few things ticked off.

Thanks for reading,

-Hope xx

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The ‘Alexandra’ Jacket

During my first year at uni studying fashion design (2015), I made a cropped zip-up jumper over the period of two evenings. I hand stitched the white rope around the sleeves, triple checked all the notches matched up and then rather proudly gave in the garment as part of a contextual assignment. The only down fall at the time was that I did’t line it and although you can’t see it but each panel is wadded so it looks really messy inside.

alex jacket.jpg Modelled by my sister, Alexandra

I recently found the pattern so after I finish this year of uni (21st May) and in-between working full-time, I am going to source some fabric and recreate this BUT better. Possibly might add in a pocket to make it more functional. I’m excited! I really enjoy fabric shopping and I need to be more confident in lining a garment.

aa.jpgI still love the styling of this outfit but the position of the hat makes me laugh because it looks like i’m trying to sell it.



What do you think of the Alexandra jacket? (or just the Alex jacket, I really can’t decide)

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

-Hope xx


About this blog…

On this blog I will be documenting my skills and essential bits of information about Fashion Design and Pattern Cutting that I have learnt/learning about. I will also be posting about beauty products because it’s what I spend most of my money on- I love it. I started this blog because I’m at uni and I want somewhere to document my time in London.

-Hope xx