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Sapporo Coat or the magical 5-hour pattern!

Hi All

We had to make an expected trip down to Tasmania this weekend and Tasmania in the middle of winter is VERY VERY COLD.

I realised I don't really own a coat, which was going to be a problem.  Luckily, I had already bought the required ingredients for one a week ago, because we are heading to New Zealand (also VERY VERY COLD) soon.

I decided to try the Sapporo coat from Papercut Patterns:

I was a bit nervous heading into this one for a few reasons - one being that they don't quite go up to my size (nearly), the other being that the coat is one of those cool-looking cocoon things with lots of ease in it.  These styles are a bit hit-and-miss on me, as I am already large on top.

Behold!  Success!

I love it!  It's warm (wool from Tessuti's) while being not too swampy. 

The style lines are just like the pattern cover and line drawings:

The back is tres chic and cocoon-y without being sacky:

It kept me warm in Hobart!

I should note that I am around 2.5" smaller than "expected" for this size in the bust, however there was a good 10" of ease in the pattern, so I went with it.

I am really happy with the fit, but have seen a lot of posts suggesting that you should size down in this one, so that's advice I think I would heed.

I like the length of the sleeve and how the giant cuffs work to make a soft curved shape that matches the overall bodice shape"

And I should also note that I didn't lengthen this at all, though I am happy with the length as it is.  There actually aren't any lengthen / shorten lines on the pattern, which drives me nuts.  

If I had wanted to length it, I would have been cross, given the style lines probably make that a bit more difficult than usual.

Overall, I am really happy with this, and it only took 5 hours from cutting out to finished product!   I had already made a muslin in a lighter fabric which is going to make a killer spring cover up for here in Sydney.

 Happy happy winter sewing!

Ciao for now....C


  1. It's so good! Can you tell me more about the fabric you used? Would it work best with something like a melton, or a boiled wool, or something in between?

    1. Thanks :) Mine is a pure wool coating, though I made my muslin / summer version (not yet finished) out of a lightweight brocade and I think that will also be awesome!

      I would suggest you need no stretch, and that super flimsy fabrics might need extra interfacing for where the pockets are...otherwise anything in the right warmth with a bit of drape should be good.

      Not sure something like denim would work, as it's quite stiff. Similarly, a very drapey silk or tencel would look very different (and the collar won't stand up) but I would like to see someone try either!

  2. I've been passing on this pattern since it first came out but now you are going to make me make it. Every single concern I had with it, you addressed. I sure do appreciate your paving the way here. Just added it to my ToDoBeforeItGetsCold list.

    1. Thanks Susan! I love it when that happens :) Tag me somewhere when you do so I can see the result!

  3. the coat looks NICE on you!

    thanks for mentioning the difficulty of lengthening. I've been wondering about that, because I have to lengthen everything I sew.


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