October 25, 2011


Like Tasia, I have had dreams of making a soft, fluffy wrap coat. I've had this vintage pattern for some time now and believe me, at first glance this coat did not look like one I would readily make or even wear (it's Butterick 3914, in case you were wondering). As I'm sure you are aware, pattern covers can be really deceiving, though this one isn't too bad really. I had to look past the cover and look at the line drawing on the back and on the pattern instructions. It's got a notched collar, patch pockets and raglan sleeves. It was the raglan sleeve bit that sent me over the edge. I love raglan sleeves and for some reason, I always associate them with comfort and lots of movement, which is really what I want most out of this coat. I especially like this design because on the front and back bodice there's a little bit of gathering where the sleeves are set-in. In that way, its reminiscent of a JCrew coat that has some great feminine lines built into the cut rather than added ruffles and frills around the edges. Chic, no?

I've got the outer fabric all picked out and ready to go. It's cashmere. I know. I know! I'm so excited I could cry. It's the perfect color of camel brown, which has been a seriously hard color to find for me these days. I'm planning a silk charmeuse for the lining (possibly quilted too!), just to add to the luxury of the cashmere. Sigh...It will be just delightful to wear, I think.

As for the tailoring of the coat, this is going to be a trial run for several products that I'm working on getting into the shop. It's so much better when I test things first because then I know exactly what I'm talking about when someone asks a question or two and I like that. I like being able to say, "Oh yes, this silk organza would be perfect for a tailored sleeve." So you'll get to see first hand, what I'm planning and what products I'm imagining. Currently on the chopping block are: silk organza for the sleeve, horsehair cloth for the lapels and collar (this is a softer alternative to a hair canvas, which I'll be explaining) and lambswool for the interlining plus a clapper and point presser. I've also got to try out my new tailor's tapes, which I just put in the shop last week.

Planning any coats for the upcoming cold weather? Or maybe you're in the southern hemisphere and planning a light jacket or rain coat as you transition into warmer weather? What are some tailoring supplies you've been on the lookout for and just haven't seen yet?


PS ~ Just in case you might have missed it, there's a fun giveaway going on over on Tilly and the Buttons for a belt kit of your choice and the eyelet tool from my shop. Anyone can enter! Yay!
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