I've shared my love for the Everyday Style book by Lotta Jansdotter on this blog before (you can read more about it here) but I just can't help it! I'm back again today to share another pattern from the book - the Pilvi Coat. Or the Piviot Coat as we sometimes call it, for some reason. I looked it up and I guess Pilvi means cloud in Finnish, but I'm afraid it means nothing to us. So sometimes we get it right and sometimes it's the Piviot. Regardless of it's name, we like the pattern!
I've made two Pilvi coats. For my first Pilvi I made the short version out of an olive Melton wool that we had this winter. Sadly it is gone, but I think our Moleskin would be an even better choice!
The pattern has built in facings that fold in to create seamless edges. It's a great detail in this pattern, but the wool was too thick and a little scratchy for that. So I made separate facings from some gorgeous Liberty of London lawn.
Other than that I made the pattern as is! It is a very short jacket - so keep that in mind as you think through how it will fit into your wardrobe. It's meant to have a cropped boxier shape, which is really fun to mix and match with other things already in your wardrobe.
For my second Pilvi I mixed it up a bit. The other length included in the book is for a long jacket. I knew that would be way too long for my body, so I shortened it to hit me mid-thigh. This was one of those times were Swedish Tracing Paper was my best friend! There weren't lines on the pattern for where to adjust the length, so I traced the regular length, then held it up to myself and adjusted the space between the arm and the pocket until the pockets felt like they were in the right spot for me. Pockets that fall at about knee length are not that helpful! Once I got the perfect length I folded back the pattern and taped it in place. After that the rest of the project went together in no time! I made this version from our Brussels Washer Linen in Black which is an amazing linen/rayon blend. I love this fabric and have used it in multiple colors for lots of projects. It never disappoints. I love the drapeyness it brings to the coat.
Besides adjusting the length I followed the pattern exactly. One thing I would do different next time is to continue the facing into the hem of the jacket. I think it would give it a nice finish. But overall I love it and I think I will get a lot of use out of it this Spring! I'm really interested in trying this pattern with a quilting cotton print...wouldn't one of these be fun!
You should totally make that!
Ready to dive into the Pilvi? We are continuing our class series from Everyday Style. Jean will be teaching the Pilvi in March so grab your copy of Everyday Style (or stop in the shop) and start dreaming about your own Pilvi.
Just the Details
Modifications: Separated facing in the short version, adjusted length in the long version