It may be March, but it is still winter in Minnesota, and today there is a winter storm warning for possibly 10 inches of snow! Our overcoat season is interminable, and I decided to make a new coat this year to help endure it. The upside to our long winters is plenty of time to finish a coat project.
My entire family gives me grief about my –ahem- large collection of black coats. And I admit, I may be rather stuck on black when it comes to winter outerwear. So no one was surprised when I chose an excellent black wool from emma one sock. It is no longer available- but if you are more broad minded about color, there are several options here.
My plan was to use this snappy vintage vogue pattern that I previously made into a spring coat:
But, here is where the story gets even darker- when the coat was nearly done, and I was trying it on for finishing, I discovered the fit was off. The fabric is lovely and dense but not at all bulky- this affected the drape and silhouette.
I didn’t want to chuck the project- coating fabric is an investment. (Although, I did have to set this aside for a cooling off period.) After that, I committed to a do over. I think one key to sewing success is willingness to take a project apart and start all over again (read- seam ripping). Committing to a remake has a lot to do with ending up with clothes I want to wear.
So- I ripped out the side seams and removed the sleeves and the back body piece from the back yoke. I kept the collar and front intact. Then, I narrowed the shoulders and recut the back eliminating some of the fullness and reattached the back to the back yoke. Finally, I reset the sleeves. The sleeves are not as flawless as the first endeavor, because of the fiddling.
Even so, I am happy with the overall silhouette and fit now. I really appreciate the two piece sleeves- they are comfortable and provide great ease of movement. I also love the easy, subtle and deep pockets- and the spiffy collar. Yes -that is a snap used for the top closure- called for in the pattern!
Taking a peek at the lining. It is not black!
Tried to get an outdoor photo between snowfalls- but the snow flakes kept swirling!