My New Wool Coat
The second piece of outerwear for Fall/Winter 2012 is complete… And I love it!
I used the same “basic jacket” pattern from the Built by Wendy: Coats and Jackets book. I went up a size from the last one to add some ease for all my winter layers worn underneath. Like the first I lengthened the sleeves and cut the body length. This time I also quilted the lining, added in-seam pockets, and made up (ahem, self-drafted) a collar inspired by THIS one.
The body of the coat was done for a full week before I could muster the courage/energy to self-draft a collar based on one internet image. I knew it was exactly what I wanted but didn’t know if I could get it right. After procrastinating in hopes the perfect collar would drop from the sky, I managed to make one exactly how I wanted it.
The outer of the coat is made from a wide 2 meters of wool brought back with my very generous Mother-in-Law purchased during her trip to Scotland in October. The buttons were purchased at a local yarn shop. I had been leaning towards copper, but when the silver squares were put on the wool, I had found a match. And I couldn’t pass up that little pig: He hides away in the collar until I need a little extra warmth.
I found the perfect excuse to purchase the Ladder Dots print from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee line I had been lusting over. The print matches the raspberry stripes from the wool and is the perfect pop of color I like hiding away in my hand-made garments. After attaching the wool facing to the cotton, I quilted the entire lining (still in five pieces) for extra warmth. The sweater I am wearing is second-hand and I had thought it would line the pockets, but it fit perfect so I have a new cashmere sweater and instead lined the pockets with more Ladder Dots.
A few detail shots:
With my new coat complete, I am now in a mad dash to finish all my gift sewing before the holidays are here and gone. My list to make is not very long but I do see a few late night in my near future.