Simplicity 8696 is a vintage coat pattern from the 1970s. As usual, I made a size 8. My coat is made of black 100 percent cotton twill from JoAnn fabric stores. A gift card combined with a good sale on bottom-weight fabrics made the large amount of yardage needed for such a voluminous coat affordable. The hood is lined in a scrap of black cotton left over from making a dress, and the sleeves and all the seams are bound in black bias binding. It took a long time to finish all the seams that way, but it looks lovely and it is very effective at keeping the fabric from fraying. The fabric is prone to wrinkles and lint, and has to be ironed often, but it is also easy to wash, has some natural water resistance (which makes it a good rain jacket for drizzly days), and it is lightweight, roomy, and just warm enough to wear when there is a slight chill in the air. The jacket and hood are gathered at the neck with a drawstring, which I made out of bias strips sewed together.
My Simplicity 9343 brown work dress has been so comfortable to wear that I made a second version in black cotton. My only change was to make the skirt a little more full by cutting the skirt pieces wider. I’m pleased with it, and wear it often. It is so loose and simple.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.