I can’t get my mind off a red plaid coat dress. Every since my last post highlighting my Pendleton wool stash find, I have had this Butterick pattern racing around my head.


I have had the pattern in my stash since it was released in 2015. In my memory I have a muslin started somewhere. I distinctly remember reading Gertie, the designer, drafts for a large bust so painstakingly all the pattern pieces were traced and a toile started. But, hmmm….where is that? Nevermind.

It seems like very few in the sewing universe has sewn this Butterick pattern or at least cared to blog or write about it, although I did find this lovely version: http://jeanetteculver.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/pattern-review-butterick-6105-pattern.html and this review from my sewing friend Nicole: https://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/107237 – Both gave it high marks.

I also found this picture which is a great rendition of the pattern but could not find a link of any sort to go with it:


From here, I have gone down a bit of a rabbit hole with red plaid ideas. Biker jacket, Varsity style bomber with blue leather trim and sleeves (my plaid has a shock of cobalt blue running throughout), peacoat, shirtdress, the Harriet lumber jacket from Named. This is a real possibility because I already own the pattern.


Or a tailored women’s blazer- swoon!!


Oh dear. Long story, short. I think I am saving my red plaid for another day.

So, my Caramel jacket is now going to be sewn with this hard wearing navy blue wool blend accented by beautiful multi colored woven cotton brought to me by a friend who serves as a short term missionary in Guatemala!


Pictures don’t do this cloth justice. So much more vibrant in person!

I have my pattern all cut and ready to go. I have ordered lining fabric having decided against the light blue faux quilted and will be cutting main pieces out this week and beginning construction.

If you haven’t yet, please join us in our Jackets, Coats, Capes and Cardis sew along on our fb page. We start today and just finished up our pre sew along give aways!

At the end of January we will award the following prizes to a random winner drawn from those who submit appropriate garments to the correct albums: (prizes are subject to change)

1 pdf pattern from Designer Stitch
1 pdf pattern from Itch to Stitch

Happy New Year and here’s to change!