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The Raw Edged Coat:  The Makers Atelier

Firstly I made the brown jacket (below) in a viscose/boiled wool mix from Ditto Fabrics – as suggested by the Makers Atelier.  I loved the shape and hang of it, the fabric and pattern were great together. The next step for me was a winter coat using a lovely wool/baby alpaca mix, but as this fabric could not be left with a raw edge without seriously fraying  I made my own bias binding with some linen fabric.  The linen had a lovely contrast of texture to the wool and I was able to find a much better colour rather than getting ready made binding.

I found The Makers Atelier by searching for independent pattern makers.  This company produces the most contemporary patterns of the independents that I have discovered and I have bought a couple more that I hope to make soon. Although these patterns are the most expensive of my purchases to date, they offer loads of tips and the clothes have great shapes. I have had lots of compliments about my coat, I love it. I look forward to making my next!