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McCall’s 5766: Black Wool Coat

21 January 2011 8 Comments

I am finally posting a new sewing pattern review! I recently finished sewing a black wool coat that I began over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2009. I got frustrated with the project initially and decided to revisit it again when I went home for Thanksgiving in November.

Pattern Description:

MISSES’ LINED COATS: Fitted across bust coats have empire waist, princess seams with pleated lower section, side seam pockets and sleeve variations; coats are above mid-knee length. The pattern is out of print.

Pattern Sizing:

I made a size 12 (View A)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions were relatively easy until I got to the sleeves. I had to rip out the sleeve lining several times because I keep installing it backwards. The instructions are confusing. I got so frustrated that I put the project aside for awhile until I could get help from my sewing instructor. Next time, I will consult with one of my books on tailoring jackets.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I disliked the sleeve instructions. Also, the hemming instructions were weird (I’ve noticed this in other patterns). I’ve only made a few jackets, so I found it easier to just look at how I constructed the lining in a previous garment instead of reading the instructions.

My only complaint is that I am experiencing some wrinkling in the sleeves when the coat is viewed from the back. I suspect that this is related to how I inserted the sleeve lining.

Fabric Used:

I started making this coat during my Thanksgiving vacation in 2009 and I don’t remember exactly, however, I think it’s a wool suiting fabric. I really wish I had purchased a heavier wool fabric because this jacket feels lightweight. For the lining, I used black “lining fabric” from Hancock Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: N/A

I didn’t make any alterations, however, after I finished the coat, I got it pressed at the dry cleaners and I was really surprised at how much “crisper” the coat looked (especially the pleats) after it was professionally pressed (even though I have a professional quality steam iron). My sewing instructor taught me to get my coats and jackets professionally pressed.  Do you take your coats and jackets to the cleaners after you make them? Let me know!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I really like the coat and I would consider sewing View B. I don’t think the black fabric does it justice (also, it’s impossible to keep my Persian cat’s hair off of the fabric). I think it would be pretty in a nice print.


I love the coat and I’ve received a lot of compliments, however, I’m not sure how practical the sleeves are during the Winter months (I have to wear elbow-length gloves with it).

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  • Toy said:

    Wow. I’m very impressed. This such a beautiful coat. It does look rtw. You did a great job and the review is well done too.

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks, Toy!

  • Myra said:

    Great coat, what beautiful workmanship!! Bet it feels beautiful on too!!!

  • Carla M said:

    i love the coat. Great job!

  • CallMeSu said:

    This coat is TOO DIE! I love it! Maybe a big bold print would work too? I haven’t attempted a coat yet, but I’m moving to Ohio so I’m sure multiple coats are in my future! This one is lovely!

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks! I think it would be cute in a bold print. I have so many other coat patterns that I haven’t made, so it’s unlikely that I’ll make it again anytime soon :)

  • sula said:

    Came across your review on PR and I had to stop by to say your coat is really lovely!

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks Sula :)

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