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Moiano Coat – Blog Tour

A little while ago I opened my inbox up to an email from An from Straighgrain asking if I would participate in a blog tour for her new coat pattern… the Moiano Coat. I of course jumped on the chance! I’ve always loved An’s patterns and designs, and to be honest, she’s probably one of the main reasons that I am where I am in terms of my sewing. Since you see… I didn’t really start taking my sewing seriously or improve it at all until I responded to one of her pattern tester calls, which really helped me step out of my comfort zone and step it up πŸ˜‰

So now here I am, with her latest pattern, and still finding that I am both learning and improving, yet it’s not a level that is overly complicated! Tackling a jacket is a major threshold in any sewist’s skill level, but nothing one should really be afraid of! The brave beginner could attempt this if they really wanted to test their limits πŸ˜‰ In fact, I attempted a jacket when I still considered myself a beginner here and let me tell you it got loved and finally just wore right through the seams this year! So jackets for all the kids have been on my ‘to sew’ list this year. And An gave me the perfect opportunity to get cracking on that list!

The Moiano is a spring/summer jacket meant for light to medium weight fabrics… So I thought something simple and light coloured would be really versatile and a medium weight fabric would help take it through our chilly springs and falls, yet still be comfy in the summer. I found this tweed like purple/grey fabric in the upholstery section of Fabricland. I had a big debate with myself over this one and a similar weight mustard leopard print home dec. But versatility won out and the tweed came home! I then shopped my stash for a lining and settled on this Cotton + Steele Basic.. Notorious: Kerchief that I found at my local quilt shop.

Once I had everything out, and looking at it all together it definitely called for a simple and modern take on the pattern! So I went with the hood option with the zipper, and skipped all pockets and button tab options. If you’re wondering how is it practical to skip the pockets?! Well hear this… You know that stage all kids go through around 2-4 years old when they constantly bring rocks home, stuffed in every pocket, nook or bag they can get their hands on…. Well this girl STILL does it!!!! She inspects all said rocks, places them in their own special spots in her room… Or plain forgets that she’s got an entire pockets worth in her jacket when she throws it in the wash (which my dryer soon found out about)… So no pockets on this coat! haha

For sizing I sewed up the size 5 width and lengthened it down to the size 8 for her height. The fit is great!! She still has room for a sweater if she get really chilly under, which she typically wears! Looking at the photos you may notice that the sleeves seem a tad short… Well in my sewing enthusiasm I completely skipped to sew the sleeve cuffs on and only realized once I pulled the coat right sides out…. So I’ll fix that by sewing them on later this week (since I haven’t seen up my opening yet!).

Other then the sleeves, the only part of the coat I’m not 100% thrilled with is my stitching at the top of the hood. It looked perfect until I went and topstitched a second life for the cording channel. The tweed must have shifted under the pressure foot, so I’ll remember to use my walking foot to help it through next time. 

Overall though, it’s a total win in my book! The finished piece is in my opinion gorgeous, and A absolutely approves. Which means I’ll finally be able to retire her extremely well worn current spring jacket. 

And I almost forgot!!! Let’s talk paper patterns for a minute shall we!?! I am a HUGE fan of paper patterns and I’ve slowly been switching my stash over when possible with the paper versions of the patterns. I really find a designer shines the best through her paper patterns. You can really see their unique style and it’s such a tangible thing! 

And I’ve been bummed to see over the past few years that some designers have decided to stop producing their paper patterns and switching over fully to digital….. But lately there’s been a resurgence in the paper world and over the past year or so I’ve noticed quite a few independents making the jump into paper, which I am both thrilled and excited to see!!!  

So when An announced the release of the PAPER version of the Moiano… I may just have jumped off the coach a bit, iPad in hand and let out a squeal (with a good side eye from the hubs) because HELLO!!! One of my favorites is going paper!!! And to top it all off, she not only sent me one, but TWO paper patterns! So one lucky winner will be able to jump for joy too with this giveaway!!! All you have to do is enter through rafflecopter below and the giveaway will close in two weeks!

And finally… If you want to just purchase the pattern, you can hop on over to the StraighGrain shop and use code MOIANOTOUR10 for 10% off your purchase. Make sure to check out all the other lovely creations going on during the tour too! Happy Sewing πŸ™‚

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11 Comments

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    Maria
    June 16, 2016 at 1:33 am

    I love this! The color scheme you chose for this coat is perfect. I want one in my size. πŸ˜€

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    La modista de Atenea
    June 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Oh! we chose a very similar colour for our coats! I love it, it's perfect for the season.
    Very nice coat and girl πŸ™‚
    regards
    Diana

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    Straight Grain
    June 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Your Moiano coat is so stunning, Julie! I love the subtle colors. And your daughter's beautiful freckles πŸ™‚ Many thanks for participating in this blog tour! xo

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    Jozefien
    June 16, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Wat a lovely coat. I'm still afraid of sewing coats, but I think I'm persuaded by now. Thanks for showing this beauty!

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    Seija me-time
    June 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I have never sewn a coat before. But it is never to late for the first time.

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    Snow Angel
    June 17, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Im a beginner, so no coats yet for me, but I did make my daughter a hooded dress last winter from some really thick knit fabric and it turned out great!

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    With love - by Eva
    June 17, 2016 at 6:09 am

    This one is just my favorite Moiano of all times! So simple and that makes it beautiful. I love the colors!

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    anja wouters
    June 18, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I love this one very much … maybe my teen – daughter would love this one too.

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    Buzzmills
    June 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    This coat is lovely! You are so right that the neutral is perfect for the type of coat, love it! I have only made one coat previously … For my son when he was a baby, a coat from Anna Maria horners handmade beginnings book, I loved that coat and hope to one day see a grand baby in it οΏ½οΏ½

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    Hanni Guinn
    June 28, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I love this pattern! I made a light, lined jacket for my toddler a few years ago, it turned out surprisingly well.

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    Sarah S
    June 28, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I sewed coats for my daughters this past winter, and while I ended up with a pair of beautiful coats, the particular pattern I used was nothing but headache upon headache. Drafting errors, pattern piece labeling errors, instruction errors…ugh! I would love to try again with a better pattern. πŸ™‚

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