Today I will show you how to make a very simple and wearable garment! Here in Madrid the cold has not come yet , so you can still take advantage of some days to go out without a coat.
The tutorial comes from the book Sweat Shop – The Book: Crafts & Cakes from the Paris Sewing Café and also appeared in issue 6 of Mollie Makes magazine. Sweat shop was a café couture in Paris which sadly closed last year and emerged as a way to promote the creation from an ethical point of view and the “do it yourself” philosophy.
All we need is:
– A plaid blanket or cloth about 140 x 280 cm
– Cord of about 10 cm
– A button 3 cm diameter
The first step is to cut a piece of fabric of 180 x 140 cm and fold it in half crosswise facing the outside of the fabric (in my case the fabric is the same on both sides). then we’ll have a folded piece of fabric of about 90 x 140 cm.
We draw a straight line across the middle of the piece to just 7 cm from the fold and draw a half oval shape approximately 20 cm across.
Then cut off the first layer of fabric along the line and the oval completely.
With the rest of the fabric left we make the hood. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and cut the shape of the hood following this pattern, leaving 1 cm for seam allowance.
We’ll have two equal pieces, pin them together round the edge (A) and sew taking 1 cm seam allowance.
Unfold the hood and pin it to the neckline of the main piece by the curve (B). Sew leaving 1 cm seam allowance.
With the remaining fabric we can cut two pockets (in this case of 22 x 18 cm) and sew them at the desired height.
With cord and the button make a close for the coat. Form a loop large enough to allow the button to pass and sew it under the hood by covering the ends with a squared piece of fabric in the back, sew the edges and diagonally across the square. Also sew the button on the opposite, and you’re done!