I’m Drafting…

Well, a little. I can’t bear to show you more snow photos. But, we did get 20 more inches on top of the 27 inches prior. For Baltimore, that’s crazy. We average 18 inches a year. So far, we’re at 60 something. We shoveled the street out for the second time today. Thank you June for the Aleve tip. Much, much better than the 1200 mg of ibuprofen I was taking.

I hate to say this. But, they are calling for another 4 to 8 inches on Monday.

But, all this cold and wet made me crave a new jacket.  Enter, the $478 Kensington jacket by Anthropologie. To be fair, I’m quite sure this is well beyond my skill set.

But, will make for an interesting long-term project. I know there’s a BWOF with the back flaps, I just need to go through and find it.

I’m using Burda 9-2006-103 as the base and drafting a new puff sleeve,

contour waistband and full/ gathered bottom half (thanks Mom and Dad for those drafting classes last year). If I can make it to Anthropologie this weekend I’ll try and get a close look at the jacket.

What do you think the skirt is? Princess seam and A-line at the front and the back is just gathered in the center back panel with princess seams, no?



  1. This looks more like pleats to me. Make sure you take it into the dressing room with a tape measure, notebook and camera. The bright yellow makes me think of daffodils and spring.

    • Yep. You’re right. It’s definitely pleats. I wonder why I was thinking gathers? But, just in the center back panel, right?

  2. I have a new Knipmode that has a trench coat with a waist. It would be easy to add a pleated panel to the center back. I don’t remember if it’s January or February and I am too lazy to walk upstairs to get it.

  3. Oh my gosh, this is fabulous!! I agree with Nancy K though that the back looks more like narrow pleats then gathers. It’s going to be amazing!!!

  4. I love it! I have an anthro across the street from my work, I’d be happy to go do some dressing room recon for you.

    • Hmm, I think you’re right. Do you think it’s the same width or that they’ve just distributed it more?

      • I know this is CRAZY old, this post – but I have been dying for so long to get my hands on this coat. I waited to save the money, when it was still in store, but then when I had the money they’d sold out. I actually did cry.

        So, I was wondering if you’d had luck with drafting a similar pattern?

        • I did actually. But, I stopped because I didn’t have a fabric I wanted to use. I don’t think I have the pattern anymore though. I wonder what I did with it. It’s a great coat. If I’d had the money I would have bought it out right too!

  5. Ugh! Here in the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area, we have had 9 inches of rain instead of our usual 8, and I am feeling way over-wintered. I had to wear my flip-flops today in protest! I don’t know how you do it 🙂

  6. Those little tabs on the shoulders kill me -SO cute when they’re turned around like that and sewn into the sleeve seam!

  7. This is not beyond your skill set. You have made loads of garments with all of these features. You can do it, in fact I WANT you to do it. In yellow, please. There is also a BWOF dress in a similar style, I’ll look up the number when I get home because it’s sitting on top of my UFO pile … ahem …

  8. Totally not beyond your skill set. You can do it!
    Been to the grocery store lately? Has more food arrived yet?

  9. I feel quite sure this is within your capabilities – you are an excellent sewist!! I really like that contrast area in the middle. I look forward to seeing this!

  10. I agree w/ Kyle – totally within your skill set. Possibly not within your patience set, though. Or maybe that’s just me projecting again. 😉

    Seriously, though, just take yer time, break it down into manageable steps, and it will be great, I have no doubt. I have a trench dress project in my future (just as soon as my roll of tracing paper arrives…).

  11. The worst thing that could happen to you is not that you might be snowed in. It would be being snowed in and running out of sewing supplies.

  12. Oh, do! And take lots of photos and post lots of updates. I love all the detail!

    What a fun coat!

    Speaking of sewing a trench, whatever happened to the Burberry you bought in Portland? Still aging in the stash, or am I just not remembering a project?

  13. I definitely think you can make this! Use the wonderful advice you’ve already received and make a muslin to make sure all of the elements are working for you. And see if you can get your hands on the Knipmode that NancyK is talking about…I think your journey will be faster if you start with the jacket with the center piece. This is a wonderful project to take your sewing skills to the next level!

  14. Courage, ma belle. I have cabin fever here too, with a newborn on my lap that kind of prevents a lot of sewing though, so it’s good that you can do something with your itchy fingers! I think I’ve surfed the entire internet, twice.

  15. Beyond your skill set? You should be checking the carbon monoxide level, you’ve been indoors too long :-). However that is a lovely jacket indeed, a vision of spring. Sigh..

  16. The skirt is definitely A-line or has some shape to it. Otherwise you’re having to “spring” each pleat to get that gentle slope from waist to hem, so save yourself some time and mucho headaches and do the pieces with a curved A-line. At first glance, looks like you have a side front seam where the flap pocket is inserted, and a really wide front placket, then side back seams but no center back seam….I might think about putting one in, as it will make it fit better, you will have another opportunity to add some more shape to the skirt. I can’t tell if there’s a side seam in the skirt, but there should be (more opportunity to fit). And seems like there’s some sort of cap situation on the sleeve – a cap-type seam…not sure if that’s a dart or not.

    If you do get a chance to look at it in the store, look in between all those pleats and see if they are seamed any….that means they would have dart at the top of all those pleats. Also look at that sleeve cap thingie seam, and look at all the details of how that waist piece is inserted.

    Looks like fun!

  17. Oh heavens that is too much gorgeousness to look at…. My hat is off to you just for TRYING, much less pulling it off (as you invariably will!)

    Princess seams would be fine, but I’m definitely thinking medium, sharp pleating the back for that coat– but that’s probably because I am scared of any kind of gathering back there (small waist/short-waisted/big behind + gathers = frumpy mess on me, so I tread carefully on anything that bunches or potentially billows).

  18. I love, love this coat! There are SO many great components to the jacket, i love the double duser ( is that the name, up top?) and the wasitband. so great. and yes, that skirt with the panels? You should just go for it….you’ll do great!

  19. What a beautiful trench coat. It speaks of spring, definitely what a lot of us need. And cut it up in pieces, you sure can do this! Have faith in yourself.

  20. It will be a great spring coat, if you ever get spring. I’m 4 hours north of you, and we got 7″ on Wednesday. The first real snow since New Years Day. I think the weather gods are confused, right?

  21. I can tell you’re ready for spring to come! Nice coat and no doubt it will look very nice on you as all of your garments do! I know what you mean about the snow. I said I wasn’t going to post anymore and ended up doing it. We had a cab stuck for hours in front of our house yesterday and a van is stuck right now. We live on a hill. I walked to the nearest Giant (2 miles one way) 2 days ago to carry what I could.

    I’m off for Pres Day Monday, what about you?

  22. That coat is fabulous and will look great on you. I am sure you can do it and I think you have already made things with all the necessary components. Great advice here.

    I agree with Marjie that the weather gods are confused, as we got 4 inches, our first “real” snow this year — we had a few less than 1″ flurries. With the snow in December that puts us up to nearly 10″ for the season, but not quite, whereas our average is 65″ and 90 to 100 inches is not unheard of. I think the lowest on record is about 13 or 14 inches, so although we will probably not set any records, it is unusual.

    Being snowed in without anything to sew. That would be tough.

  23. Love that jacket. I have been wanting a trench coat since last fall. And the current favorite, McCalls 5525, has a lot of the details that your anthropology jacket does, Just needs a few additions. Good luck on the Jacket, you will probably have yours finished before I’ll be done mine!

  24. Cidell,
    So sorry to hear about your wrists. I agree with the Aleve tip. Much better to take something 2x/day than every 4 hours. when I wake up with pain like that in the middle of the night, I use ice. I always keep a couple of Walmart ice packs in the freezer and then wrap them in a dishtowel and the wrap that around where ever the pain is.

    Great looking jacket/coat. If anyone can pull this off, you can!

  25. A beautiful piece! The front looks more like darts to me (from the waist to bust point). And did you notice that all those buttonholes are welt buttonholes? ALL of them. I know I should be ashamed to write this fut I think if there were Anthropologie in Germany, I’d go buy it right now! But I’d love to see how your self-drafted coat will come out.

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