Monday, April 16, 2007

Vogue 1476 Issey Miyake coat

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:2/6/04 12:38 PM
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Pattern Information provided by Ann Smith

Pattern Rating:I would definitely sew this pattern again

Pattern Description: This may be Vogue's longest running pattern. It has been in the catalogue for almost 20 years. It is described as a very loose fitting, unlined coat, mid-knee. It has front and back cut in one with collar (wrong side shows), lower sleeves, yoke and upper sleeves also cut in one. There are also a nice shirt pattern and pants included in this pattern.

Years ago when the pattern first came out I made the coat in a mohair boucle knit that I bought on the bargains table at Britex. This has been my most successful garment I have ever made since I have worn it every year for almost 20 years. I have always thought I should make it again and have some black wool jersey in mind.

Pattern Sizing: The pattern is in single sizes and I made size 8. I believe that the coat is the same in all sizes so that the different sizes are for the shirt and pant.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, although different fabrics drastically affect the look.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I think so. This coat is not as tricky as some Miyake designs.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a very dramatic garment. Unfortunately it uses a lot of fabric, around 5 yards.

Fabric Used: I was looking through my stash for fabrics to go with a brown capsule I'm working on currently. I came across this 5 yard piece of brown/cream knit with a loud check design. I thought it was so ugly, what was I thinking when I bought this 8 years ago? I was about to get rid of it when I noticed that the back side was not bad and the selvages were very interesting. So suddenly it called out to become the Miyake Coat. I sewed it to have the wrong side out but it can be worn the other way as it is reversible. Here is the back

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Instead of turning and top stitching the edges as called for on the pattern, I cut the edges I could using the selvage and added the selvage to the other edges. I originally used the full width of the fabric to have the selvage on the bottom edge but it was way too long. So I took a tuck, keeping the selvage on the bottom hem and the piece I cut off became a very long scarf.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Obviously I love this pattern. This particular version I may not wear as much but it is very fun.
Conclusion If you like dramatic clothing, this is for you. It is also a great coat to wear over clothing that may be difficult to find a wrap to go over.

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