My most sincere apologies, I might have brought the cold weather back with this coat. Mea culpa.
BUT WOULDJA LOOKIT THAT INTERIOR. HOW COULD I RESIST?!
One of the great things about visiting Mood Fabrics in person: you get to know the people there, who in turn know the fabric. When I ran up to my favorite top floor, my angel Eric greeted me with his sunbeam of a smile and said I have a couple things I think you might like. I knew I wouldn’t even have to browse that day. He has me pegged.
This woven piece of madness is very much like a blanket. A blanket with a most unsafe shade of safety orange on one side. On the bolt, it was pure shocking orange, and when Eric unfurled it to reveal this faded denim blue my eyes rolled out of my head, down 8th avenue, and into my apartment to comb my pattern stash for a duster coat. They came back empty, but they were too late, Brain had made the deal and Hands would not let go.
I really ought to check my camera lens for dust.
For once I kept to my initial desire. To make the coat, I used Simplicity 2812, the princess seamed bodice coat that everyone adores. Erica made a fabulous version here, and after reading up on her review and comparing the pattern to images of duster coats, I decided to go for it. And by go for it I mean: I taped the bodice pieces to the skirt pieces, evening out the seamlines where I thought it was needed, cut it in my regular size, and sewed up at the seams at 3/4 inch, since most reviews said it ran big. It was definitely a shot in the dark. Sort of like cooking by feel, which I repeatedly prove to be terrible at. But something told me it would work.
Did it? I think it did! Of course, those seams are pretty long, and the coat is weighty, so the absence of a waistline could shoot me in the foot. I did stabilize the shoulder seams. Those poor teeny shoulder seams. I think I’ll name them Napoleon and Dynamite.
After machine stitching each vertical seam , I turned under and hand stiched Errrrrry. Last. One. 16 in all. But who’s counting.
I used up almost every little bit of this yardage (and believe me, there were bits everywhere). I had exactly enough selvedge to trim the bottom of the coat and stabilize the neckline interior. Cuffs and collar took this on a fast train into Hobbitsville, so I left them off. Looking at the pics, I might go in and tighten up that pleat on the sleeve and make the shape more exaggerated…what say you?
And have you ever, but ever, seen a John Deere tractor in Manhattan?