Merchant & Mills Strand Coat in Lana Bollito Wool Blend
Pattern: The Strand Coat by Merchant & Mills
Pattern Description: The Strand is a simple unlined coat for cutting a dash in the city. Lightweight and relaxed, it is designed for linen, cotton drill, wool, seersucker or 8-12oz denim.
Pattern Sizing: 8-18 (UK sizing). Bonnie made this version in a size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It looked better!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pockets (both front and on-seam) are a little bulky.
Fabric used: Lana Bollito wool/rayon blend in chocolate brown. The fabric was prewashed in cold water and laid flat to dry, which shrunk it quite a bit and gave it more texture. However, it has some stretch so the finished coat was more like a size 14-16. This is a great fabric to sew with – Bonnie serged the seam allowances, but the fabric really doesn’t require it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Bonnie made the sleeves 2” longer. She also used a decorative seam tape to cover up the waistband seams.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes definitely! This is actually the second one she has sewn, and both times the coat turned out gorgeous and fit well.
Conclusion: Bonnie enjoyed sewing it. Because the fabric is someone bulky, she graded the seams more than was directed in the pattern. She recommends sizing down if using this fabric or any other fabric that has some stretch to it.