One thing that is a basic requirement for living in the British Isles is a decent winter coat. Unfortunately you can be wearing it from about October to March (and maybe September and April too!). I made this green winter coat in January, but my black shop bought winter coat has definitely seen better days. So, obviously, I'm going to make a new one!
Winter coats don't make themselves in a weekend (more's the pity!), which is why I'm starting it now; also, I really don't want to be hand sewing black fabric with black thread when it's dark in the evening. As I've already done a lot of work on it before even cutting into the fabric, I'm planning to do a few blog posts on this. I love reading posts about the thinking and construction behind garments, so I'm hoping some people will find this interesting.
I had pinned this gorgeous coat on Pinterest ages ago, I believe it was originally from Top Shop, and it's basically what I'm aiming for.
I love the big collar and lapels, the pocket flaps and epaulets. But there are a couple of other coats that I'm pinching ideas from too. This Alexander McQueen number below is absolutely gorgeous. It's pretty similar in design to the Top Shop coat, and I love the big cuffs on the sleeves. Also, lets take a moment to appreciate the amazing print matching on the tartan!
I also love the tab on the back waist of this Burberry coat, so am hoping to incorporate this too.
After a lot of searching, I finally settled on Vogue 8346, View B. I found lots of patterns for notched lapel coats which were single-breasted, but this was the only double-breasted coat I could find. I'm a bit disappointed with the lapels and sleeves, but will talk about that more in my next post which will about all the alterations I made, and the embellishments I've added.
But I'm very pleased with how my toile has turned out, and my fabric is gorgeous. It's a slightly textured fabric from Sherwood Fabrics, and is 80% wool and 20% polyester. It's doesn't have a name, just a reference number which is SA743. And, even better, it was originally £28 per metre, but is on sale at £15.90 per metre. Hurray!
I'm going to use some red polyester Duchess Satin for the lining, and I got it in The Spinning Wheel in Belfast. I don't think I got enough thought, so might have to go back for more - not a hardship!
My buttons are from Totally Buttons, and are so lovely that I decided to make bound buttonholes. If you follow me on Instagram you will see that they are already done.
Me being me, I can't do things the easy way, and am going to hand-tailor the lapels and collar. I really enjoyed doing this on my Butterick 4610 jacket, so want to try it again with this.
Next time I will show you my toile, and the pattern alterations that I've made.
Have a great week,