Provence Peacoat By Winter Wear Designs test

This past winter having moved I noticed that while the temperatures were no colder it was definitely windier especially at Captain X’s school, I longed for a great coat all winter but could find an RTW that fit my curves and I wasn’t that confident that a PDF pattern would either without substantial grading.  Enter Spring and the call to test the Provence Peacoat by Winter Wear Designs.

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Coming in sizes XXS-XXXL this pattern covers a great size range and there is enough ease for a warm layer or two to be worn underneath.

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This fully lined and fitted peacoat is a classic look and worth investing in some substantial fabric after creating a muslin, this baby will last for years.  I made mine out of  wool and lined it with satin, no freezing coastal breeze will get me through those layers.  Some of the other testers made theirs from fleece, denim, suede and drill, one even made a light weight lace version.

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There are a few option with this classic coat including three different lengths, a hood, back or waist bands, a belt and sleeve tabs, so you could make yourself a couple of different coats from the same pattern.  The jacket can also be worn with a full collar and lapel or buttoned up up the whole way.

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Of course there are also welt pockets deep enough to put your keys and phone and to make things extra snuggly you could make the pocket bag from something such as fleece or minky.

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The pattern taped together easily and the tutorial gives clear step by step instructions for finishing this coat beautifully.  It would be easy to be scared off making a coat such as this but it really is not difficult, though I do recommend making a fleece muslin first to ensure you fit is correct before cutting into expensive wool.  Included in the tutorial are instructions for fitting including lengthening or shortening the sleeves.  Plus there is a great Facebook group found here that are always keen to help.Detail 1

The days have started to heat up here in NZ so my coat is away waiting for next year, I do have plans though to make another probably in a waxed denim that I have in my stash and us the hood option ready for soccer season next year.

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You can find the pattern on sale today here..