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A review of Opium Coat

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Reviewed by sewslowsarah on 20th November, 2020

This is the first coat I’ve made and I really feel like it’s a level up! It’s a time consuming make but then I think any coat would be. I love the looks of the swing style, and added bonus is there’s less fitting to deal with as you just need to get the arms and shoulders right. It took me a little while to get this right as I have small shoulders but it was worth the effort (although I did use my ‘Made with love and swearwords’ in it!).

There are some interesting techniques in this pattern like welt pockets and bagging out the lining, but they’re pretty well explained and as long as you take it step by step they’re very much doable. I gave the pattern five stars because I think they could have mentioned tailoring techniques like hair canvas & pad stitching, but I also appreciate that this would have made the instructions more complex.

Unlike other versions of the coat I’ve seen, I used a patterned fabric for my Opium. As I hadn’t seen any others I was a bit worried, but the chevron worked really well. It also looks fab in all those solid versions I’ve seen! The main fabric is from Mood – I got it on holiday in New York a few years ago. It’s lined with cotton for the main body and cupro for the sleeves.

I can only share one photo here, but there are lots more, with a full write up of making the coat, on my blog