I have a new fleece jacket. It’s Kwik Sew Pattern 3721, in the car coat length.
Once again, the photo is overexposed so that you can see the detail. I suppose that I should make things in lighter colors so that they can appear clearly on this blog. But… I need to wear them. And black is a good coat color.
I made the coat from winter fleece that I got from Fabric.com. It was very different to sew than the sweater fabric. I used clear elastic at the shoulder seams again. Only this time it slipped out of my hand. And I sewed it off a few times. Now that I am wearing the coat, I can feel the elastic. So, I may not need the clear elastic when sewing with fleece.
The pattern layout looked just as odd as with the sweater fabric. But I had seen it once, so it was familiar. And I was able to cheat a bit, since fleece is without nap, and cut both arm/front pieces at once.
I used yellow tailor’s tacks and safety pins to mark the pattern pieces. I had originally made snips in the seams where appropriate. But I wasn’t able to see them. So I added the tailors tacks afterward.
The pockets do add bulk to the side seams. But I liked having them a lot yesterday when the wind was blowing. And I didn’t want to mess around with gloves. I may use a complimentary fabric for the pockets in the future.
This pattern is versatile. By making a longer variation in a different fabric, the coat feels very different.