This is the Pilvi Coat from the book Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter. I honestly can’t tell if this is the most half-cracked (least cracked?) thing I’ve ever sewn or if it’s awesome.
I was on the hunt for a simple overcoat type thingy (behold, my sophisticated fashion vocabulary!) What might you call it? A topper, maybe? Something with simple lines that could show off a cool fabric and be worn indoors or outdoors. The Pilvi coat pattern seemed to fit the bill.
I requested a hold on the Everyday Style book at my local library, and when it came in I happily brought it home thinking I’d get started sewing the coat right away. I browsed the whole book before realizing that someone had pilfered the paper patterns out of the back of the book. WHO DOES THAT?? There is a special place in hell for them, and that place has of all of the most beautiful fabrics in the world BEHIND GLASS with no way to access them. HA!
Anyway, at this point I *really* REALLY wanted to sew one of these so I bought the book. Just for the one damn pattern. There are of course more patterns in the book — a whole six to be exact! — but I have to be honest: they’re all so simplistic, like a basic a-line skirt and a basic tunic and a basic pair of elastic-waist pants (with no damn pockets), that it annoys me that someone even managed to publish a whole book based on these primitive designs. But enough ranting, because a basic, simple design was what I was after.
I used a linen-cotton canvas by Echino that I’d had in my stash for a few years. It’s very busy, and almost looks like patchwork, so it really needed to be used on a “blank canvas” pattern.
I used pretty much every last inch of the fabric I had, and had to piece together one of the sleeves. That magenta running along the sleeve seam is actually part of the selvedge.
One (maybe) weird thing about the pattern is it really is designed to hang open, spreading out at an angle from the front collar down. You can see in the photo below that if you try to have the fronts hanging down straight, or if you would try to add buttons (which I had been considering doing), or even tie it up with a belt, it would make the shoulders and collar stick up at a weird angle.
So it really is meant to hang like this:
You could put a button or a snap right at the top of the fronts if you really wanted a closure.
While I cut it out as a body suit, in the end I decided it would work just fine as a shirt and I ended up cutting off the bottom. Other changes: the original pattern calls for a band to finish the neckline and back, but my fabric was so amazingly stretchy that it was quite happy to simply be turned under and stitched with a twin needle — a much cleaner finish that I am happy with.
I’m not even sure what the fabric is because it’s been sitting in my stash for a while and I have NO RECOLLECTION of buying it (yikes), but it is super soft and super stretchy and perfect for this very fitted top.
So back to the jury on the Pilvi Coat: awesome or half-cracked? I’m thinking that just like my satin jogging pants (!!) from a few years ago, if I simply strut out of my house OWNING this overcoat type thingy, I could get away with it. (Maybe I shouldn’t mention that those satin joggers only ever strutted out of my house ONCE.)
What do you think?
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