The Finished Robson Coat!

My first post on this topic was 8th June…much earlier this year! I was so excited when I won my first blog giveaway and was very grateful to Veanna at sosewlovely for getting the pattern to me so quick so I could ooober drool over it! ….and plan! Reflecting back on my initial idea of a turquoise coat with pink trims I still have a little smile, but when it came to shopping for the fabric I forgot how expensive fabric can be, especially something thick and sturdy enough to make a coat and was extremely happy to drop on this purple waffle fabric for £2 a meter!!! Can you believe it???? And again this was back in June! Eventually I decided on using pink binding for the seam covers and bought the cutest buttons off etsy…now the buttons was the most difficult decision to be honest…soooooo many to choose from! And I must have drooled over Etsy for a whole (very unproductive) Sunday morning!….well it was productive in the end!

I knew this was going to be the most mammoth sewing project I had taken on …..ever! But I naively thought I could get it made in a weekend with my son away! How wrong I was! There are many factors now, which hindsight suggests, would have made the processes quicker and so much easier, I do like to test myself!


I was very impressed by the instructions from Sewaholic they were broken down step by step…and little steps they were too! The diagrams and descriptions worked well together to give you an idea of how to do the many and varied skills which need to be incorporated into the coat – definitely not a beginners project!  Patience is a virtue I found! I spread the Robson out over about 6 weeks, the reason being binding the seams is time consuming, but leaves a wonderful effect and some very trying issues with my fabric and choice of binding which if I make this coat again I will take careful consideration over!

So, here goes….what I would do different if I did it again!

Choose a fabric which does not fray as if it were disintegrating to human touch! If you saw my post on ‘And so it has begun…’ then you will have seen the mess it made of my carpet when I was cutting the fabric……grrrrrr lots of hoovering! There were many occasions I wanted to throw the coat out of the window. At these points I stepped away from the coat! Hence it took 6 weeks, there were lots of these occasions!  A more sturdy fabric…..medium to heavier weight gabardine for example would have been a better choice!

The binding I chose was not wide enough as in some places I was stitching through five or six layers of the main fabric… I didn’t break any needles though…..:) Wider binding please!!!!

The sizing of the pattern to me seemed big and I ended up taking the bust seams in on the top half of the dress to the waist, which then threw off the pattern for the lapels and sleeves, so some fiddling and adapting of the pattern was involved, including resetting 1 sleeve…..I hate resetting sleeves, sleeves ain’t ever going to be my BFF! I’m well too fussy over what is a gather and when it turns into a pleat and I then can’t even look at it!!!! FUSSY!!!!! So to avoid this I would make the coat one size smaller! (I’ve actually noticed this with simplicity and McCall pattern….oh and the Burda skirt….so pretty much every type of pattern I’ve used now!) The other issue I had with the pattern was, not really with the pattern but my crummy buttonhole marking….by the time 6 weeks later turned up, they had disappeared, but it gave me great focus when it came to remarking the buttons, and put my math skills to work! The measuring, holes and attaching the buttons was then done in a few hours- awesome!

Press, press, press the hind legs out of it AT EVERY STEP! It makes it much easier to handle and looks great with the overstitching being so flat! PRESS PRESS PRESS!!! Cannot say it enough… and I HATE ironing!

Here’s what I love! ……..The outcome! It’s gorgeous! And the details, the location of the buttons, even the ones hid under the collar, I know they are there and are so pretty, the pocket lapels cover the pockets and add that extra touch, and as for the overstitching it definitely has the desired effect! Well done sewaholic!

Now here it is!


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Though there is a bit of ‘oh me oh my it was hard work! that was from aspects which could be changed easily and the process would have been a lot smoother and painless and would have moved a lot faster! But… I absolutely adore the coat and have been wearing it loads! And when I can coax someone into taking some nice photos I hope to show you what a gorgeous well fitting coat it is….and I’ll do lots of crummy and cheesy posing – promise! x


Easy Peasy Drapey Cardi….

This is the easiest thing I have made so far! I based it on a Gap cardigan Ive had for a few years. As it was looking a little tired and I love it so I opened it out and actually studies it, discovering it was only a rectangular piece of material and 2 sleeves and voila! I have made 3 so far and lived in one for work and home since its creation. So comfy and cosy!

So here is the easy peasy tutorial…..

You will need 2m of jersey knit, obviously the softer the more drapey and cotton to match

1, Measure the width of your cardi, this will be the edge of your drape at the front and across your shoulders. This is were you get to play around with the size and shape of your cardi, how drapey you want the longer your measurement and the further it will fall to the floor and the longer in length the further down your back it will go. (make sure the material will stretch across your back).

My other cardigan used as a template

My other cardigan used as a template

2, cut 2 pieces for sleeves, use any cardigan or tshirt sleeves to get your fit and make them a little longer than you think you will need (they can be adjusted afterwards). I put the sleeve over the top of my arm and then pin it the sizeI want it around my wrist and then cut a diagonal line from one to the other, leaving seam allowance. Make sure the material will stretch around your arm.

two sleeves pinned

two sleeves pinned

3, Sew the edge of your sleeves. back stitch at the beginning and end. Make sure the material is inside out.

4, Now measure the back of one of your cardigans between your sleeves and measure this against your back. Does it feel right for where your sleeves will sit? Lay your cardigan out and measure 6 inches down from the top of your cardigan, with the material folded in half (the longer this measurement the more material there will be around your neck and slouched on your shoulders) If you are broader in the shoulders (I generally wear a size 10/12 UK top) then you will need to increase this measurement. Lay the sleeves where they will be sewn and make slits going straight through both sides so your sleeves will be sitting evenly in the cardigan (remember your material is folded).


5, Turn your sleeve the right way round and slide it through the armhole so you have right sides facing and the raw edge you will be stitching, make sure the seam of the sleeve is at the bottom of the armhole. Pin it evenly and then sew on the machine (or by hand) using the longest straight stitch. Stretch the material slightly as it goes through the machine so there is a little give in the armhole.


6, Turn it the right way round, check the length of your sleeves, if they are too long chop them down abit and then re stitch over the wrist edge of the seam to stop them unthreading………… and you have a lovely waterfall cardigan! The joy of knit material is it does not need hemming and falls beautifully without one.

the first and fave

the first and fave


Already have plans to adapt them by putting a panel of flowery floaty material in there!!!! Love some girly floral!!!!