The Indygo Junction Sophia Swing Coat is an unlined swing coat featuring raglan sleeves, a back yoke with a deep pleat and inseam pockets. The sleeves come in two lengths.
For the construction of this coat, I followed the instructions for the most part. After cutting all the pieces out, I serged their edges because the denim that I used was fraying quite a bit. I chose to serge the sleeve dart instead of using a straight stitch, because I felt it would help eliminate any bubbling that could have occurred on the dart.
I didn’t use any interfacing in construction, because the denim I used for the coat had enough structure on its own. I think most of Indygo Junction‘s patterns are intended to be able to be used with quilting cotton, because the yardage is given for 44″-45″ fabric, and if you were using quilting cotton you would absolutely need the interfacing.
I also didn’t follow the instructions for the back pleat, though the instructions given make perfect sense and would work wonderfully. I treated the pleat in a similar way to an invisible zipper, and basted the pleat shut, pressed it flat, and then once the coat was finished I removed the basting to have a very nice pleat.
When the coat was finished, I decided to leave it open instead of installing a button closure. I think I would feel like I was choking if I installed a button, but I am not a fan of high necklines. So instead of wearing it as intended, I will be turning back the lapel/collar and wearing the jacket this way.
I really like that the Sophia Swing Coat has pockets that are big enough to hold a cell phone and/or my wallet. The pockets are located in just the right spot so my hands slide in and out of the pockets without having to fiddle around to find them.
The back of the coat has a raglan style yoke with a deeply pleated back piece. I like the style of this, and can see me using this style for other makes along the way. The coat did turn out to be a little longer than I had envisioned, and when I make or hack this pattern again, I will certainly shorten the pattern a bit. In fairness to Indygo Junction the Sophia Swing Coat does hit me pretty much exactly where it hits the model on the pattern illustration.
One last thing that I am truly pleased with…the coat actually looks like the sample images on the pattern cover. Huge kudos to Indygo Junction for that!!!
Size range: 5- The size range for the Indygo Junction Sophia Swing Coat goes all the way to a 3X (24/26) with a 54 inch bust and 56 inch hips.
Instructions: 5 – Though I didn’t follow the instructions to the letter (just personal preference on method) the instructions are concise and this pattern would be easy enough even for a beginner.
Construction: 4 – The construction of the pattern is pretty good. The shoulder darts on the raglan sleeves make for a great fit. I only deducted a point because the closed collar really did feel like it was choking me.
Final fit: 5 (with the collar turned back)
Overall rating: 4.75- The Sophia Swing Coat is an easy to follow pattern with a wide variety of sizes.
***This pattern was provided free to me by Indygo Junction, however all opinions expressed are the my own and not influenced by Indygo Junction Pattern Company in any way.***
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