MY FAVOURITE THING

The cold Bos­ton win­ters are no match for Cash­merette pat­tern de­signer Jenny Rushmore’s timeless duf­fle coat.

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“MY FAVOURITE THING I’ve ever sewn is my navy blue duf­fle coat! I’ve al­ways wanted a Padding­ton Bear-in­spired win­ter coat, but I could never find one in stores that was high-qual­ity and that fit me well. So when in­de­pen­dent pat­tern brand Grain­line Stu­dio (www.grain­lines­tu­dio.com) came out with the Cas­cade Coat pat­tern, I knew I had to have it!

I took great care to find re­ally high-qual­ity wool, in­ter­fac­ing and no­tions, and learned how to add a Thin­su­late in­su­lated layer to give me a bit more warmth in the Bos­ton win­ters.

I dis­cov­ered to my plea­sure that the size 18 fit me well (although my mea­sure­ments were big­ger than sug­gested, there was enough ease in the pat­tern for it to fit me), and then I spent my time sewing it care­fully.

The in­struc­tions are great so it came to­gether eas­ily, although I was glad to have a pow­er­ful sewing ma­chine that could go through lots of lay­ers of wool.

I also added a few of my own lit­tle touches, like a bias trim in the fac­ing, co­or­di­nated zip­per band and hang­ing hook made from tar­tan as a nod to my Scot­tish up­bring­ing, and a tog­gle clo­sure for the full Padding­ton look.

When I wear my coat I feel stylish, comfy and warm, and I love the hid­den se­crets!“

Jenny blogs about her sewing projects at www.cash­merette.com and is one of the founders of the Curvy Sewing Col­lec­tive (www.curvy­sewing­col­lec­tive.com). Find her pat­tern col­lec­tion, Cash­merette, avail­able in sizes 12-28 and cup sizes C-H, at shop.cash­merette.com

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