I finished the first of my planned two coats last week-end and took it for a spin on a goregous leafy autumn day in Hyde Park.
It's Burda's Collarless Open Coat, an easy and satisfying pattern to work with. I found the fabric for the top part of the coat in a remnant bin, for about £12. There was less than a metre to work with, so I had to split the pattern in two. I sourced the charcoal grey wool for the bottom from my local fabric store. With lining the whole thing cost me maybe £30 (I've seen similar collarless coats are selling in Zara for £89)
I love having the flexibility of a centre back seam, for a relatively quick sewing project. I was too lazy to make a muslin for this (I had to get it outside before the leaves fell!) and from experience knew the back was going to be a little wide on me - it was easy to take out another inch of fabric after sewing and then modify the pattern for the lining.
It was really the perfect autumn afternoon and we couldn't resist trying to capture the feeling on camera. If you don't care for self-indulgent-frolicking-in-the-autumn-leaves photos, look away now...
This is one I will make again, though I might put some heavier interfacing at the centre front, to stop it from popping out a little. Or, maybe add a hook and eye closure. Does anyone have a sure fire solution for this?
Happy week-end and happy sewing, I am getting started on coat number two!
I love that coat - the colours work so welll together, and brilliant pics of hyde Park!ReplyDelete
Thanks! Where has that weather gone?!Delete
Wow! This is so chic! Great fabric combo! I love it! What about using a leather buckle closure at the front to keep it closed? Something like this: http://www.pacifictrimming.com/default/hardware/leather-closure.htmlReplyDelete
Ah what a great idea! What a fab website! Man, I miss North American shopping!Delete
This is amazing. The 2 fabrics work perfectly together!ReplyDelete
Thank you Helen! It's so nice sewing with heavy fabrics... my new obsession!Delete
This is so gorgeous! I love pretty coats but never wear them- here in San Diego just don't have much of an opportunity. :( OK I shouldn't be complaining...ReplyDelete
Thank you Jen! Oh what a collection of sundresses and kaftans I would have....!!Delete
Ooooh, I love the clean lines!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Don't you love when everything lines up!?Delete
This is a great coat. It is very chic and beautiful on you. Great job!ReplyDelete
Thank you Yoshimi! I just saw your recent coat, wow it is amazing!!Delete
Oh wow, this coat is beautiful! I love the colour blocking of it. And who doesn't love frolicking photos??!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jen! There's a time to go overboard, right!?Delete
So beautiful -- I love the fabric combination you chose, and the style is so simple but stylish. Hook and eyes might be a nice option to keep the center front clean but with the option of a closure. Love the frolicking! It was windy and the autumn leaves were falling down around here too this past weekend!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jean! Such a wonderful but fleeting time of year!Delete
It's beautiful - it looks to fit you so well, and the contrast of the two fabrics in a classic shape looks so cool! Love it!ReplyDelete
I like it!!
I can't believe I missed this post - I adore your coat! Tres Chic! And a good autumn frolic is good for the soul ;)ReplyDelete