Last November I was approached by a friend to help her make the Cascade Coat by Grainline Studio. For some reason I had the bright idea to open it up as a coat making course and soon after had three students ready to make their very own coat.
I had never made the coat before, but I figured my experience would make up for it and surely I could teach three other novice garment sewers how to make it as well. Our first class was spent highlighting and marking all of our pattern pieces – 40 to be exact. In the midst of thinking I was in over my head, one of my students commented that she was having so much fun marking her pattern pieces. Fears eased, we spent the next three weeks creating our coats.
I chose a beautiful royal blue wool/poly blend from Fabric.com, a pink floral from JoAnn for my pocket linings, and a plain black rayon bemberg for my coat lining. All of my students required full bust adjustments and bicep fullness adjustments on this pattern, even the one who fit squarely in the size 4.
Considering this pattern has an exorbitant number of pieces, I think it’s worth making it. I chose to omit the toggles and simply have the zipper band which I think gives it a nice modern feel. The instructions are fairly intuitive, and coupled with the sewalong, this is a pretty quick make.
My one point of frustration came when I was attaching the sleeve linings. I’ve read about this attachment method and performed it several times, but for some reason my brain was not functioning and I became very frustrated. As I told all of my students, sometimes you just have to walk away and come back to a project the next day.
I think the final product was worth it though, as I really like the jacket. I’ll probably add a stay at the hemline next time since the lining doesn’t quite pull it up far enough. Overall, though, I’m pretty pleased. This is a nice transitional jacket.