with this gigantic collar on this Butterick 4665 coat.
MISSES’/MISSES’ PETITE JACKET AND COAT: Semi-fitted, A-line, lined jacket or coat, below hip, mid-knee or above ankle length, has princess seams, shoulder pads, two collar variations, side front seam or patch pockets and long sleeves.
I made version A, which is the short version with the big collar. But instead of the patch pockets, I used the in-seam pockets.
It took me quick some time to finish this project, not because it’s particularly complicated, but I spent the time to interface all the pieces, except for the sleeve (only interfaced the hem line on the sleeves). Also, I took the time to do four bound button holes, a back stay and sleeve heads in additions to shoulder pads.
The fabric is a wool gabardine, which I believe I got from Fabricmart.com, but it’s been in my stash for some time now that I can’t recall. It has a little fuzz on the surface, almost looks like it’s a bit felted.
I used a thick lining…not quite sure what it’s called, but it has a smooth side and the back is like felt. It’s 100% polyester. I figured that if this is a coat, it should be a bit thicker. But I am too lazy to interline it and I live in Los Angeles after all. How cold is it going to get here? So I think this thick lining is a good solution.
I like the result, but I wouldn’t say I totally love it. What I like is that it’s a classic shape coat. I think the shoulder is a bit too “square”. This is an out-of-print pattern. I don’t know when it was released, but I think the fashion trend back then likes this square/bigger shoulder. Also, the big collar doesn’t work very well with thick fabric. I can quite button the top button without making the two side lopsided. They just don’t overlap very well.
Also, I think single-welt pocket would work better with the design. The collar is just so gigan-normous, and a little slit in the seem type of pocket just doesn’t balance it out.
Also, if I make bound buttonholes again, I would try doing a regular machine stitch buttonhole in the facing/back. I saw that’s how Marc Jacobs did his bound buttonholes. They look neat.
I probably wouldn’t make this jacket again. Too many patterns, too little time.
Here are some more pictures. Photography courtesy of my talented husband. Check out his amazing-ness at Ray Morgan Imagery.