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Cambria Duster Coat Review

Sewing pattern review - The Cambria Duster jacket

Pattern Review: The Cambria Duster pattern by Friday Pattern Company

This review has been written by Jayne from The Dressmaker’s Closet. Find sewing inspiration, sewing vlogs and tips on her website. 

This pattern review has been supported by Modelo Fabrics

So, it is winter and the perfect time to add a cosy style coat to my wardrobe.

When choosing what style of coat to make I was drawn to the relaxed style and fit of The Cambria Duster Coat sewing pattern.

I liked the easy casual look and also the gorgeous shawl style collar on this design. For the fabric, I was spoilt for choice and it took me ages to decide which one to choose.

The pattern calls for a woven fabric, but you can also use a knit as well, which is good to know.  I love a sewing pattern that gives you lots of options, making it extremely versatile too!

I chose a boiled wool from Cairn by Modelo Fabrics in this amazing shade of camel.  The perfect colour I thought for an autumn winter coat! Ideal also jackets, coatigans and wraps Cairn boiled wool is available in 19 of the richest on-trend colours. Click on your favourite shade to find shops who stock it. 

I thought the camel shade was the most versatile in my wardrobe.  I also used a matching thread by Scanfil, an all purpose, 100% polyester organic sewing thread. It’s a great all round thread to use, in either the sewing machine or by hand. It also has a slight sheen which is lovely when also used for top stitching.

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The fabric is 100% wool, 58-59in wide with a weight of 385gsm and has a really good feel and texture.  The perfect choice fabric for this style of coat.  The fabric is also reversible which means no need for lining, and because it is boiled wool the edges do not require neatening or hemming

For a 100% natural coat fabric there’s no better choice than Modelo Cairn boiled wool. It’s reversible so there’s no need for lining and being boiled wool it’s perfect for raw-edge sewing with no hemming or seam-neatening.

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The fit of the Cambria is loose and reminds me of a housecoat or robe.  With drop shoulders and easy set in sleeves it also makes for a fairly quick make too!

This was also my first attempt at making a coat and I felt totally relaxed making it because the instructions were super simple to follow.

I was intending to line the coat but realised the Cambria was not designed to add lining and because of the sweeping shawl collar it would be difficult to insert without it being on show.

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So, I threw caution to the wind and set about making my very first coat.

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It literally only took me 3 hours to make! I was amazed at how quickly it all came together.  I chose to neaten the seam allowances of my coat on the inside, which really wasn’t necessary at all.  If I had omitted this stage the coat would have been made even quicker!

There are no fastenings to worry about and the most technical part was adding the pockets, and that wasn’t even technical!  I really enjoyed adding the shawl collar, it went it so smoothly and the drape is just gorgeous.  This fabric was just the perfect choice for me.

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Adding the sleeves was a breeze because they are drop sleeves, meaning no armholes to fiddle with.  You just sew them in across the shoulder of the coat, then place the underarm seams together and sew the sleeve in one go.  No cuffs to add just simply roll them up to the length that suits you. To finish I added the cute belt which is made up of two parts and stitched into the side seams.  If I was to change anything next time I would make the belt as one and sew in some belt loops at each side so I could tie the belt around the back of the coat too.

The most challenging part of making the coat was handling the sheer bulk of it on the sewing machine as the coat came together.  Towards the end It was a hefty piece to manipulate under the presser foot but I took my time and managed in the end.

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Apart from the amazing shawl collar I really love the side slits, they just add that extra style factor. I made the size large based on my measurements and the finished garment measurements.  I almost went for the size small but then decided I may need extra room if I was to be wearing thicker sweaters underneath.  I am really happy with the size and fit and the length is perfect sitting just above my boots.

I will be wearing this coat all winter with my jeans and chunky boots, it is just so stylish and great easy throw on style.

I would highly recommend this coat sewing pattern for the confident beginner dressmaker and definitely choose this amazing boiled wool fabric by Modelo!


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