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Goldstream Peacoat: Our Pattern Tester’s Versions

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We have for you, today, the gorgeous results of some of the Goldstream Peacoat pattern testers! The test sewers for this pattern had to put in a lot of work: not only did they have to sew quite a large project, they also had to provide a detailed review for us (and answer all of my emails!).  I am very pleased to finally be able to display all their hard work and stunning results.  These skilled and thorough testers were working on this project back in November and December so they have been very patient waiting for their grand reveal!

Since both variations of the Goldstream that I have made (see my father-in law’s here and Matt’s here) have been black and my mom is currently working on a black one for my Dad while my Grandma and I sew a black coat for my Grandad, I am glad that our test sewers were a little more adventurous in their fabric choices so you can see the variety of styles that the pattern can create.

Nicole’s coat, pictured above, is sewn in a chocolate brown wool melton with beautiful leather buttons.  She mixed and matched elements from both variations of the pattern to create the exact look that she wanted: a hood, flapped patch pockets and sleeve tabs.  Her colour choices and the fabric she placed behind her custom garment tag (see her blog post for all the interior photos!) led to a peacoat with a lovely earthy vibe, perfect for walking through a colourful fall forest.

Thea’s peacoat is a classic black version using the design details from Variation 1 but the classic fit (skipping the slimming dart) of Variation 2.  The length of the coat looks great with the jeans and shoes her stylish model, Andy is wearing (and the background is beautiful!).  Check out all of Thea’s photos and commentary over on her blog.

Thea's peacoat

The third version I have to show you today was sewn by the author of one of my favourite blogs, The Sew Convert.  I love how she always takes such crystal clear photos of her garments so that I can examine every detail.  Her post on the peacoat is no exception and is worth checking out.  The wool she chose is a really elegant and rich looking Italian wool melton coating from Gorgeous Fabrics.  I love the look that it gave the peacoat – to me it looks very English and so I was thrilled to read that it will be heading to England to keep her husband warm and dry during a work/school trip this coming year!

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Thank you test sewers (both those pictured in this post and those not pictured) for all of your invaluable advice and support!  We hope you are resting up and are eager to volunteer for the next pattern!

The PDF version of  the peacoat has been flying off the ‘shelf’ (so to speak) so I imagine we will be seeing some of your versions popping up amid all the other projects on the sewing corner of the internet soon.  Have you bought your peacoat fabric yet?  What have you chosen?

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Goldstream Peacoat Contest!

Happy Friday, blog world! Welcome to a made-by-Matt special post!

Our world in the Thread Theory studio has been focused entirely around peacoats lately, so this week we wanted to immerse you in a bit of the inspiration behind the Goldstream Peacoat pattern that we are chugging away at! I think there is no outerwear, for men, more classic yet versatile as the standard issue navy peacoat. The history of the British Navy peacoat is fuzzy at best; there are many stories as to how it got the name and where it was first issued, but there is one thing for certain: The dense navy-blue wool double-breasted coat kept those sailors warm!

The double-breasted front keeps the wind at bay (pun DEFINITELY intended), while the collar can be popped up and buttoned straight across the neck for the ultimate protection from the elements. The slightly shorter body was designed to allow for sailors to easily climb rigging while wearing the coat. This means that even in a nicely fitted jacket, sailors had full range of motion.

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(http://www.sehkelly.com/shop/jackets/tobacco-brown-wool-tweed-peacoat/)

 

Morgan and I are crazy busy with moving (we got the keys to our new place yesterday!) so this post is going to be short, sweet, and full of eye-candy! Morgan is currently in the midst of (hopefully) the final test-version of our pattern in a black wool with pea-green lining. She hasn’t decided yet whether to do gold, pewter, or black “fouled anchor” buttons (the anchor wrapped up in line); we’ll keep you posted!

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(http://fashionablethings.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/81_nordstrom-theory-peacoat.jpg)

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(http://i.nordstromimage.com/images/Store/blog/men/2012/9_10/peacoat_sure_bets_fall_catalog6.jpg)

Like I said earlier, this is a short one! Our internet is getting hooked up tomorrow, which means I’m posting this using a mystery neighbour’s connection (sorry! We really can’t miss a Friday post!) which is spotty, to say the least. We’ll be adding more photos once we’re plugged in!

This week, we would like you to comment on this blog post with your favourite tailoring, traditional menswear sewing, or jacket-related sewing techniques and resources! If your comment is relevant, we will enter you in a draw to win the Goldstream Peacoat pattern (or another pattern of your choice) once it has been released! The draw will close by next Friday, October 11th, and the winner will be announced in our weekly blog post! We hope to use your favourite resources (be them on-line classes, on-location classes, books, blogs, YouTube videos, or a technique of yours that you explain) to compile a Goldstream Peacoat sewing encyclopedia on our blog.

Thank you in advance for all of your great suggestions! Feel free to suggest something even if you haven’t tried it yourself as Morgan will be investigating anything that is mentioned.