Thanks for joining the Sew News Pepernoot Sew Along! If you haven’t yet be sure to get your pattern, there’s still time to join along. Plus, not only do we have Rhonda Buss fearlessly leading the way to a wonderful coat. We also have local sewing star Sadie Fox instructing students in making this coat in her Denver studio. Follow her on Instagram as they show off their progress.
At long last, the Waffle Patterns Pepernoot Coat Sew Along begins!!! For those of you who have decided to join in, you are going to be so very happy with your new coat.
The Pepernoot Coat is such a versatile pattern and can be worn with everything from jeans to dresses. Depending upon your fabric choice, maybe a lovely quilted satin, the coat would also look perfect over an evening gown.
The pattern is listed as being for an advanced level sewist. Thanks to the beautifully illustrated instructions, and this sew along, the coat goes together quite easily. If you are early in your sewing career, and like the coat, by all means, give it a try. The center zipper application may seem a little daunting, but it really isn’t. My only recommendation would be to practice inserting the zipper in the pockets prior to the final application. If you feel that the zipper is just too much, I will include a tutorial on making a welt pocket as well as a patch pocket, so we’ll have an option for everyone.
Waffle Patterns are downloadable PDF patterns. Once you purchase the pattern, you will be sent a file that will include a print at home option as well as a copy shop version. The copy shop version is wonderful, just download it to a stick, take it to your copy shop and have the pattern printed on their large scale printer. No taping multiple pages together!!!
One thing to keep in mind is that Waffle Patterns are layered, so you can actually choose the exact size, or sizes that you would like prior to printing. I’ve included a short video that I did which explains the process.
Prior to downloading the pattern, pay close attention to the size chart. Keep in mind that this is a coat, so not a tight fitting garment, but there is a considerable amount of ease included in the pattern.
You will notice that the pattern calls for zipper sizes that may be a little difficult to find. For the pocket, I used a 5″ zipper. Worked perfectly.
The pattern also calls for a 27 1/2″ zipper which can also be difficult to find. For those of you in the Untied States, I purchased my zipper at JoAnn Fabrics. This is a wonderful zipper, when zipped, it has a flat finish, so the teeth are not visible from the top side.
The teeth are only visible from the back side of the zipper.
As you can see in the picture below, there is ample room left at the bottom of the coat for a longer zipper, so a 28″ zipper will work just fine. No reason at all to have a zipper custom made.
When choosing fabrics, think about how you would like to wear the coat, and of course the climate that you live in. The coat that I made for the magazine is made from Home Dec fabric, and lined in a fun piece of silk.
The pattern offers lots of options for customizing. There are front and back yokes as well as a sleeve tab that can be accented with piping.
Yuki, the talented designer behind Waffle Patterns included this sketch with fabric choices. Take note that the faux leather was used to line the hood and accent the yokes. The yokes are further accented with the quilted fabric, which was also used to line the jacket. And finally, the hood is trimmed in faux fur.
A sew along participant sent in her fabric choices, a beautiful mottled wool which she will accent with the faux. leather. The coat will be further accented by her spot on silk lining. A perfect coordinate!
When choosing your lining, once again, think about how and when you will be wearing your coat. If wearing the coat in winter and in a colder climate, you may opt for a quilted lining. If you will be wearing the coat as a spring coat, by all means go for a fun piece of silk as I did! Totally unexpected!
If you have not purchased your pattern, you can find it HERE at Shop Sew It All.
Even if you don’t make the coat, be sure to tune in each week as we’ll have a number of tutorials that I think you’ll find interesting not only for this project but other projects that you might be working on.
I’m especially excited about getting started on my new jacket! I have been wearing the coat and receive compliments everywhere I go. Next week I will reveal my fabric choice for the sew along. All I’ll say now is that it’s super special and very unexpected!!!
Until next time,