The Octave Coat from Love Notions is here! I can’t remember a more highly anticipated Love Notions pattern. From the moment Tami first sneaked her inspiration, I knew this was going to be an incredible pattern.
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This was my first ‘real’ coat I’ve ever made and it was the perfect pattern to start with. I think my Joy Jacket and this Decklyn Jacket were by far more complicated projects. As far as coat patterns go, this has got to be on the easier side of things. I’d totally recommend this pattern to an adventurous beginner, especially if you start with the unlined version. Tami always does such a great job with her tutorials and this one includes videos to help you through some of the more difficult steps.
Ready for all the pattern details?! It comes with a shawl collar (what I did) and hood option. You can do it lined or unlined and there is an optional belt too. The size range is huge- XS-5X with full bust pieces included! As always, the pages are trimless and layered making putting together this pattern easy. This pattern can be sewn up in a medium to heavy-weight woven like wool, boucle, or bonded suede or a sturdy heavy-weight knit like sherpa, sweatshirting, and fleece.
When this test was announce I reached out to Riley Blake and they generously sponsored this project and sent me this beautiful Nutmeg wool to sew up. It’s the perfect weight and so easy to work with. I’d been dying for a pretty camel-colored coat and this was just what I was dreaming of. I’m pretty thrilled with how close it comes to these Pinterest looks.
I lined my coat in fun leopard print stretch crepe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love the sassy punch it gives. A little preppy on the outside, party on the inside.
I sewed up a straight size small. I added an inch to the sleeves because my rtw coats are always short (any rtw long sleeves really) but I think I could have skipped that. My wrists will just be extra warm! I also added a little bit of topstitching for a finished look and also to make the seams lay flatter in this thick fabric. I love the oversized, boyfriend look of this coat. I may size down in the future, especially with knits, but this version will layer well over chunky sweaters and hoodies.
I had three yards of 45″ wide wool and had to do a little mind-bending Tetris to fit all the pieces. My hand is strategically hiding a seam on one side of the shawl collar here (it’s hidden when it’s buttoned). I’m still debating whether I should hit my local fabric shop for more wool so I can make a matching belt. Wait until you see the belted versions! It’s such a cute addition!
Who else is ready to sew all the coats?! I really, really want a fluffly fleece version. The testers were amazing and with each new version posted my love for this pattern grew. You can pick up your copy of this pattern on sale now!