Monday, 20 July 2015

New Look 6249 in Bellagio Italian Knit.

New Look 6249
It has been an extra cold winter this year and I have really been feeling it. We had snow falls on the Tablelands just last week...a very rare occurrence. I live a few hundred metres from the ocean and we don't even experience frosts here, but it has been freezing. I was in desperate need of something warm to throw over my work outfits.

I wanted something simple, loose fitting and most importantly, WARM. I found a suitable fabric online from Knitwit in Perth, Western Australia. A Bellagio Italian Knit which is described as a beautiful warm fabric to make stylish coats, jackets or capes. I then went on the hunt for a suitable pattern.

I ended up choosing New Look 6249 which was available at my local Bargain Box Fabric.


Originally, I chose view A (the one on the model with the shark bite high low hem) but when the fabric arrived and I realised how thick and bulky it was, I revised my plans. I ended up going with view B and lengthening it by 18cm.


I made a size medium which turned out just right. There is plenty of room to fit a cardigan or jumper underneath without feeling constricted at all. The addition to the length turned out very well too (which was the maximum I could add due to fabric restrictions). 


I love the subtle cocoon shape from the back. This works well with long pants or pencil skirts.


The shoulders are quite dropped and the fit is very loose. There are no closures.


The pockets are very roomy and are great for keeping your hands warm. They were very easy to construct. After finishing off the raw top edge and turning inside, the lower edge of the pocket is sewn to the front. The two sides are then secured in the side seam and the front band seam. If I make this up again I would lower the pockets slightly, as I find them to be a little high.


Another change I made to the pattern was to finish off the sleeves with bands. The pattern says to sew a deep hem and then turn back to form a cuff. This fabric was very bulky and that would have been four layers in the cuff. I cut about 18cm off the length of the sleeves. I folded the off cut in half forming a band and then reattached it to the sleeve. This had a similar look to a cuff without the extra bulk.


I used my sewing machine with the walking foot to sew all the seams on this jacket. It handled the bulk with ease. I used the overlocker to finish off the raw edges. It did struggle with anything more than two layers but I got there in the end. I pressed the seams open to make them less bulky. The hem was sewn by hand and the hand stitching just disappeared into the fabric. I also hand stitched the overlocked edge of the front band down for a neater finish.


The shawl collar can be worn standing up on those very cold mornings to keep you extra warm.


Or folded over, as the pattern intended. Either way looks fine.

This jacket has been worn almost daily since I finished it and has been a most welcome addition to my wardrobe, and it is very warm too.


Happy Sewing

32 comments:

  1. I have been eyeing that pattern, but since we are about to break into the triple digits here with heat, I will wait awhile:) It looks lovely and warm, just the thing to snuggle into. I love that the collar looks good up or down, too.

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    1. Thanks Angela. I think you would love this pattern for the winter but it must be hard to think about that when you are experiencing summer temperatures.

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  2. Yes, it's certainly been chilly here too. This lovely jacket is warming me up just looking at it.

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    1. Thanks Paola. It certainly has been keeping me nice and warm.

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  3. This is gorgeous! I live just near Knit Wit so I really should check out that lovely fabric. :)

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Carolyn. It must be great to live close to fabric shops. I seem to order most of my fabric online and it's always a bit of a gamble. I was pleased with this one though.

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    1. It is very cosy Vicki and I have been enjoying wearing it over the last couple of weeks.

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  5. that looks really great, and so cozy! I would not have given that pattern a 2nd look but the textured fabric you chose gives it a lot of interest. love the collar with the scarf. I bet you will get lots of wear from this all winter.

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    1. Thanks so much Beth for your lovely comment. The pattern appealed to me due to the simplicity of the design and the loose fit. It has already been worn a lot this winter.

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  6. Cozy jacket and it's a perfect fit.

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    1. Thanks Ruth. It certainly is cosy and there was no fitting adjustments required due to the loose fitting style. Great pattern.

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  7. I need to be wearing this right now while I shiver on the other side of the country! It looks so warm and stylish. Good idea to go with the straight hem.

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    1. You must be feeling the cold after spending a week in Singapore. I am glad I went with the straight hem...much more stylish and wearable, I think.

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  8. Pretty and cozy jacket! Love the cocoon shape in the back :)

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    1. Thank you Hana. I love the cocoon shape too.

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  9. That looks so lovely and warm. Gorgeous.

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    1. It certainly is nice and warm BeaJay, and has been worn a lot during our recent cold snap.

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  10. This jacket is just beautiful Jean! I love it!

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    1. Thanks Sue. It's certainly got lots of wear since I made it. So easy to throw on over any outfit for that extra bit of warmth.

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  11. What a lovely jacket. It looks really warm and cozy.

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  12. That looks like such a delicously warm jacket - the length and shape look so cosy, and even those pockets are a generous size for warming up hands!

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    1. Thank you Gabrielle. It has been great for the cold weather we have been having.

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  13. A great jacket. Our central heating turned on this morning although it's still August and supposedly summer here! I like this jacket so much I may make one. Our winters are never that cold and I drive places so this would work throughout the year except for the two very warm days and the two or three very cold days!

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    1. Thank you Anne, and yes you should make one too.

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  14. I'm delighted with your photos, and sharing this pattern.
    The lagenlook is new to me, and I have a couple of capes to accommodate all that extra fabric, but this looks like a great idea. Your version is very lovely, and I can truly appreciate your need for such a cozy coat. I used to live in Boston, and walked 3.5km to work daily, along the waterfront partway. Brrr!
    I live in the Pacific NorthWest now on an island northwest of Seattle, and it's very moderate here: seldom below 0ºC, usually warmer than Dublin. Always warmer than Dublin. lol
    Rain is like a heavy mist, and my wool cape is often too warm. This jacket offers so many possibilities. Thanks again!

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  15. I bought two lots of this fabric and didn't make it up and now winter is pretty much gone. You have inspired me to make them anyway. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much Sue. I look forward to seeing what you make with this fabric.

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