The weather is starting to be a tiny bit chillier in the morning, so it’s a good time to plan the fall coat. I spend a lot of time walking, so an impressive coat is a great thing to have in the winter. For months at a time, I will be wearing a coat during 70% of my social encounters.
I just love the finished product. One of my favorite things about it is the drastic slope at the shoulder from the collar turnout to the top of the sleeve. That slope makes the shape very modern. You see that slope in current menswear, as well as womenswear.
For a pattern, I used Vogue 1321. It’s one of the new patterns. It is drafted for a melton, and all the directions are for lapped seams. This would totally not work with this boucle, so I just used normal seams. Also, the coat in the pattern is unlined, so I drafted a lining.
The fabric unravels when you look at it, so I took the unusual (for me) step of fusing interfacing to each piece. With the interfacing, it was really easy to sew.
For the lining, I used a silk doubleface douchesse satin that I got for an amazing price a couple of years ago. It feels like heaven. It was a ballet slipper pink color when I bought it, so I spray-dyed it blue near the hem using this technique. The pink with the blue dye effect looks a bit like the sky. I also added some bobbinwork embroidery as an embellishment. I really like an opulent coat lining, since people other then me may actually see the inside of a coat.
Here are some more photos:For more info on the fabric, see this post.