21st September 2022
Lengthening The Pea Coat
There were some fabulous belted double-breasted jackets at the autumn/winter runway collections and along with the trend for skirt suits I decided to feature this look in the Autumn 22 magazine.
The length of The Pea Coat pattern is fairly short: 63cm for the size 12 lined version, when measured from the side neck to hem. So to create the right look when belted, I lengthened the jacket by 10cm.
At the front it is fairly straight forward as I kept the pockets in the same place. Though in hindsight, if I was making this jacket to be permanently belted, I would lower the pocket position by 3cm. As you can see in Step A I simply continued the line of pattern pieces by 10cm. Remember to lengthen the Front Facing and Front Lining pieces in the same way.
However, at the back I did not want the back vent to be so deep, although this is a matter of personal preference. I decided to lower the starting point of the vent by 10cm see Step B. Again I continued the line and angle of the top of the vent and trimmed the excess.
To lengthen the Pea Coat by 10cm in this way, requires an additional 20cm added to both the main fabric and lining fabric quantities.
The fabric featured here is a wool/cashmere mix from Rosenberg & Son.