It is 7 years since I made a coat.
Alas, when it came out of storage this time around it was almost bald in places. I had washed it before putting it away, and the wool had finally given up its fluff.
Time for another.
In the quest for a substitute, I fell for this herringbone wool mix from Sherwoods Fabrics. The fabric is lighter in weight than I expected, with a perilously open weave. So a fairly dense lining was essential. I settled on a black paisley satin from Minerva Crafts. It is soft and drapey and works well with the airy herringbone.
I decided to use the Maya dress pattern, my go-to pattern of 2015, adding simple sleeves with darts below the elbow to control the width.
I wanted to avoid visible stitching, so made bagged hems, slip stitching the lining to the facings by hand.
A coat without pockets is of no use to me, so I drafted a couple of big fellas :)
They are lined.
Those wrinkles are caused by the phone in my pocket… just as well I added the lining or they would have sagged down to my knees in no time at all.
The vintage buttons were an Etsy find, all the way from Vancouver.
That’s my carbon footprint thoroughly muddied.
Sorry, planet, but I love them.
I considered making bound buttonholes, but was worried that the fabric was too unstable.
Instead, I followed the instructions in my sewing machine manual for a “buttonhole gimp”. This involved stitching a fine cord into the edges of the buttonhole to add strength. I am really pleased at how well these turned out.
Pattern: Maya by Marilla Walker with self-drafted sleeves (with thanks to a vintage Simplicity blouse pattern), in size 2.
Other: Vintage buttons from Etsy. Black satin bias binding from stash (ebay, years ago). Thread.
I wanted a “dressing up” coat.
It is of no earthly use to me around the farm, but I work in the city in an increasingly grown-up job and sometimes I need to look like I actually belong there.
Is it the coat of my dreams?
Um… no… because that would be a shocking pink fun fur yeti coat ;)
Will I wear it?
Will it require its own library of matching knits?
Absolutely – watch this space!