Finishing 2018 with My Proudest Make - Simplicity 8797 Coat

by - 12/21/2018

Hi pinups, I think this just might be my last post of 2018! What a year it's been and what a make to finish on. I've been craving a new coat project for a couple of months now. I get a lot of wear out of my handmade Vogue coat, but it's not warm enough and snug enough for the winter, and my vintage handmade Simplicity coat is emerald green and doesn't go with everything. I wanted a warm, winter coat in a dark fabric that I could chuck on with any outfit. I think I've succeeded in my quest!

Originally I had wanted to use an indie designer for my pattern and whilst there are lots out there I like, I just wasn't feeling it yet. Then whilst I was on my coat pattern quest, Simplicity released the 8797 coat pattern, which pretty much ticked all of my boxes. As I've sewn my fair share of Simplicity patterns I felt much more comfortable with this one. So I snapped it up and here we are!

Here's a peek at the pattern:

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I've sewn option B, a mid length and oversized coat. For reference, I'm a UK size 12 and made the size M. The coat is supposed to have an oversized fit and whilst at first I wondered if mine was too big, I'd probably only think the size down was too small, so I'm very happy with this one! It's snuggly and I can wrap myself up in it, with room for layers underneath.

I did add a couple of customisations to the pattern to suit what I was looking for in a coat design. Firstly I wanted big pockets on the front of the coat. I find this my favourite style as I can slip my phone in (I get paranoid about in seam pockets for this purpose) plus they're super easy to sew!

I also added a waist tie as I think without one the coat would have swamped me. So I didn't add any buttons or button holes and simply use the waist tie as a belt (with added belt loops). It's exactly what I wanted and the dressing gown style makes me feel super snug. 

I picked this fabric up in store at Shrewsbury's new Abakhan shop, where I am every week! It feels like great quality and I love the colouring. It has flecks of brown and the grey is almost on the navy side. I lined the coat with a plain black lining fabric. 

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity 8797

Fabric:  Check Wool (see similar HERE & HERE) & Black Lining Fabric

Notions: None.

Sewing time: I made this over a couple of days.

Modifications: Added a waist tie belt and front pockets.

Fit: Oversized but cosy.

Difficulty: Simple! Beginners should check out this pattern.

Watch out for: The collar points are the trickiest part, but the instructions are clear.

Make Again?: YES! I love this pattern and can see myself making another. 


Have you spotted a little something on my new coat? It's my new Love Knitting pin! My first batch was a sell out in a week (AMAZING), but they'll back in stock after Christmas when the shop reopens. 

Shop the Love Knitting enamel pin HERE.

Overall, I'm so glad I waited until this pattern came along, I think we were meant to be! It's exactly the style I wanted; oversized, big collar, waist belt, big pockets and simple to make. I've worn this coat every day since I made it and it's going straight to the top of my proudest make list! Coats always feel like such an achievement to make, but this pattern was far simpler than some of the dresses I've made, plus I didn't have to worry about fit. Although I did try to put my sensible seamstress head on and attempted a bit of pattern matching!

Ana from CocoWawa has started a new hashtag to end the year #myproudestmake - join in on Instagram with yours!

Are you making a coat this season?

Thanks for reading, pinups!
Abi xo

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  1. love your coat! I bought the pattern a few weeks ago and planning on making it after Christmas as work has been flat out. I thought about a boiled wool or mohair fabric.