This RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version is also made for a sewing challenge. You could read it in my Crafty Kooka sloth blogpost that the next make would also be made of a PDF-pattern from my stash. Blogrevolution and I are a duo for this challenge. She gave me the following three criteria:
– use a fabric from your stash
– a never used coat pattern
– use a zipper

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

The RDC Manteau Gerard pattern was a Sinterklaas 2015 gift. This wollen fabric was bought about four years ago. I bought this fabric to make a Spring coat. By choosing both two criteria were already filled in.
A Spring coat is perfect solution for the erratic Dutch weather during the Spring and Autumn. The Spring coat has a light weighted lining and can be made of a light weighted wollen fabric.

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version – the pattern

RDC released medio December 2016 un updated version of the Manteau Gerard. This new version has single welt pockets, a breast pocket and has three length options.
RDC Manteau Gerard tussenjas uitvoering
I decided to add single welt pockets, a breast pocket and a vent at back to my coat. My RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version is also a little bit longer and has straight line at the front instead of the round corners to match with collar. The pattern comes with written sewing instructions in French and English and illustrations. This pattern has separate pattern pieces for the lining. I decided to make size S because I didn’t wanted to end up with an oversized coat.

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

Before I started cutting I did the pattern alterations like extending both body patterns and preparing the back lining pattern piece for the vent.

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version – cutting and stitching

I started with 2.00 meter instead of 2.50 meter and after playing around with the pattern pieces I found a lay-out. The coat was basted, fitted and approved. Step one: sewing bounded buttonholes using the light coloured back of the fabric, welt pockets and breast pocket. After most of the sewing was done it was time for the lining fabric. I wanted something different and found a beautiful leopard lining with yellow, grey and black. The inner pocket is closed with a zipper so the last criteria is also filled in.

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

This time in a verticale version and finished with piping made of the lining. A hanging loop is a great addition when a wardrobe doesn’t have clothes hangers. You can also use the hanging loop in the car when you want to drive without wearing your coat. The back vent is perfect for my bicycle rides.

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

Time and Costs

Time: copying the pattern 60 minutes; altering the pattern pieces 60 minutes; cutting 90 minutes; basting, stitching and finishing 24 hours
Costs: pattern was a Sinterklaas gift (the new version of the RDC manteau Gerard pattern isn’t available as PDF-pattern and is now € 16,00 + € 2,25 shipping costs for Europe); wollen fabric € 50,00; lining € 12,00; yarn € 5,40; shoulder pads € 3,00; interfacing € 5,00; buttons € 3,00; zipper € 2,50

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version – my experience

The printed PDF-pattern looks like tracing from a pattern sheet. The pattern pieces have different colours but there are no different between the lines of the different sizes. This makes the copying of the pattern pieces a little bit more complicated.
RDC Manteau Gerard tussenjas uitvoering
My RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version wasn’t an easy job. Sewing the details (the bounded buttonholes, welt pockets, breast pocket, the piping finish of the inner pocket) gives a professional look but these details aren’t always visible. I’m more then satisfied with my Spring coat. The shoulder pads are a great addition. I’m looking forward what Blogrevolution finds about my interpretation of her three criteria.

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

The wollen fabric has some wear due the fact it had been stored in my closet for four years. A mean reason to ensure that this year the stash fabrics will continues to shrink.

RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version

The other Monday bloggers

Today I’m not the only bloggers in this sewing challenge. Girls in Uniform, It’s a SiwSiw Thing, Lunatiek and Stoffenspulletjes are also telling about their three criteria and sharing their makes.
And Blogrevolution? She also has received my three criteria for her sewing challenge from me. You like to read her three criteria and see what she made? She will be sharing her make April 23th.

22 comments on “RDC Manteau Gerard Spring coat version”

  1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I really enjoyed making this coat, discovering and sewing all kinds of ‘professional looking’ details.

  2. Thank you so much for your kind comment. The ankle boots are indeed awesome. I can’t pass a shoe shop without looking athletes the shop window.

  3. Thank you for your kind comment. The ankle boots are indeed awesome. I can’t pass a shoe shop without looking at the shop window.

  4. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I really enjoyed making this coat and it’s such a pleasure to wear it.

  5. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I fully enjoyed making this coat and adding all the details.

  6. Thank you so much for your kind words. The dark grey fabric of the coat needed something zingy and this leopard print was the perfect choice.

  7. Thank you so much for your kind words. I started making my own clothes about four years ago. I learn so much from everything I can find on the internet. Every seamstress has is own standards. The seam ripper is my best friend. It must perfect. I prefer one perfect garment above two medium finished garments.

  8. Thank you so much for your kind words. It was such a pleasure to make this coat. I saw your IG Amsterdam photo’s. (Zuivere Koffie and a canal/bridge). And what a coincidence I was probably one day before or after you in Amsterdam too. Please let me know when you’re in the Netherlands again. It would be nice to meet you.

  9. Thank you so much for your kind words. When I saw your version made of rainbow coloured fabric I knew I had to start making my version some day. I’m pleased Ive chosen size S, made it longer and sewed a back vent. I always make a inner pocket in my coats: they are so practical for my public transport card. Looking forward to see your second make.

  10. Thank you so much for your kind words. Although trying to sew a beautiful finish takes time it really pays off making an effort well chosen details.

  11. Thank you so much. It really pays off choosing a perfect lining and making an effort of welt pockets and zip inner pocket. Making all the details was so much fun to do and I learned so much while I was making this coat.

  12. Great coat! I admire all of your sewing artistry. I hope I can become nearly as skilled and make such well-fitting garments!

  13. Sonja, that is a beautiful coat—construction, fabric, fit—all fantastic! I love the leopard finish on the zipper. I was just in Amsterdam (home in Canada now); next time I hope we can meet up!
    @jessicawalkeryyj on IG

  14. This is FABULOUS! Love all of the amendments you’ve made, it looks really great with the longer length. I have a second one cut, and I don’t think I’ll be stopping there!

  15. Great work making your coat! It looks so professional, just like everything you make!

  16. What a beautiful coat. The leopard print lining is a fabulous choice. The welt pockets and zip inner pocket details really elevate this make to a high standard! Well done.

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