Added Warmth in McCalls 6656


Winter has arrived…. yeah so happy about that one… but my new jacket lessened the blow of its arrival!

I made this coat using McCalls 6656. I knew that this coat wouldn’t be warm enough without a lining so I added one using a burgundy Kasha lining that added a perfect amount of body and warmth.

My Review: 
Pattern: McCalls 6656
Fabric used: A wool blend in a black and grey stripe, black faux fur and Kasha lining. Kasha is a flannel backed satin winter coat lining. It adds warmth and the flannel sided sticks nicely to the inside of jacket, keeping it from shifting around.
Instructions:  I kinda didn’t follow them due to adding a lining. The only time I referred to them was at the point where I had to attach the shoulders and neckline. Even then it was a little bit unclear but in the end it came together.
Changes I made: I lined it in Kasha and added buttons. I also removed the center back seam. I put it in at first but really didn’t like how it looked despite the perfect pattern matching. I also interfaced the front bodice pieces for added structure and I am so glad I did.
Repeat worthy? It is but I probably won’t make it again… just because I’ll want to try something new.

This was my first attempt at sewing with fur (faux) and I didn’t find it too challenging to work with. Cutting it out was a bit time consuming because you have to snip your way through just the backing so as not to cut away all the pile of fur. Then when sewing it, the fur has to be brushed and pushed in away from the edge.


A picture reveals the truth doesn’t it? The longer I had my coat on, the more I can see in the picture on the right that I need to add an inside button to keep the inside from falling below the hemline. An easy fix and it will make the coat feel more secure as well.


What the heck is going on with my hair here..?
I enjoyed making this coat and am super pleased with the result which felt so good after last January’s coat fail…. I really didn’t want to waste another nice piece of coating. I have a couple more pieces in my stash and who knows, I may have to make another….it’s a long winter here. I might as well have a closet of nice coats!


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