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I made a coat for my Mom | Raylene Harvey

I made a coat for my Mom

I’ve been very anti-social on social media lately. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it may have something to do with the immense loss I’ve experienced earlier this year due to my Dad’s passing. I’m doing a lot better now, and have slowly but surely started sewing my way into a better mood again.

I have tons of sewing projects and activities going on behind the seams, but I thought I would share the very first coat I made since it’s a huge milestone for me on this sewing journey! It’s an unlined jacket using a Simplicity pattern designed by Mimi G Style. I love her patterns so much and when I saw this comfy and cozy coat, I knew I just had to make one for my Mom in a stunning Melton fabric I bought a couple of months ago. I figured it would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, especially with winter around the corner.

I made a coat for my Mom | Raylene Harvey

Melton Coat – Made by me using Mimi G Style’s Simplicity 1283 pattern (View D).


This coat is reminiscent of a gown because of the shape of the collar and the tie belt. I love clothes that are comfy yet stylish. They’re practical and you know you’ll gets lots of wear out of pieces like these.


I made a coat for my Mom | Raylene Harvey
I made a coat for my Mom | Raylene Harvey

How gorgeous is my Momma Bear in this coat? She is totally rocking it.

I made a coat for my Mom | Raylene Harvey

Since this coat is unlined, I decided to try my hand at doing Hong Kong seams. I bought a roll of black bias binding and used this to finish off the raw edges. In future I’ll rather use a bias binding with a shiny finish. While the matte black one looks pretty professional, I think the shinier seams would have taken this jacket to the next level.

I made a coat for my Mom | Raylene Harvey
I made a coat for my Mom | Raylene Harvey

So here’s a fun fact – the armholes of the coat were a bit too tight for my Mom. She wouldn’t be able to wear layers which defeats the purpose of a coat. I decided to keep my first coat for myself, since it fits me perfectly, and I made a brand new one for my Mom. Since I already cut out the smaller size on the pattern (I only did this because I was in a rush – I usually trace it onto vitrace/polytrace first), so I had to grade the pattern using this special crease paper used in pattern making for any pattern adjustments. I ended up making the sleeve head and armcye a lot bigger too. I figured some extra ease is always a good thing, especially in a coat.

I made a coat for my Mom | Raylene Harvey
I made a coat for my Mom | Raylene Harvey

So yes, I still make mistakes on my sewing journey. I love making mistakes because it means I am learning and can only get better. This goes for any activity or hobby you pursue – if at first you don’t succeed, try again!

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