I had seen a lady at a vintage fair wearing a beautiful princess seamed full skirted coat, and I wanted one. And vintage being what it is, I couldn't find one in my size, the colour I wanted, or for a price I could afford. I had a lightbulb moment when I realised I could borrow my mum's sewing machine and sew one from a vintage pattern!
The pattern that started it all - isn't it beautiful! Such an elegant coat.
So I bought a pattern, some fabric and started sewing (and blogging) and I haven't looked back. Not once. Not only have I loved every second of it, its been a real turning point in my life. And twelve months on I've decided to make another coat, and this time do it better!
These are the fabrics I purchased - and I'm really excited about them!
I purchased this gorgeous Japanese wool flannel from Gorgeous Fabrics
I originally purchased the swirly black lining recommended by Gorgeous Fabrics, but decided I wanted to be more daring, and instead found this suitably amazing red polka dot satin... its scrumptious!
There are quite a few pattern pieces to cut out, and they are quite large, so I didn't get much further than the cutting out stage on the weekend I'm afraid... But me being me, I wasn't content to just follow the pattern as is - no, that would be easy!
Hahaha - so true!
Instead I've decided to make the skirt of the coat a bit fuller, and the collar a little bigger.
You can see here that I added roughly an inch to each side of the eight skirt pieces
Last time with this coat, since I was VERY new to sewing, I had no idea what bound buttonholes were. However I do now, and I know that they are a beautiful finishing detail on any garment. I say finishing detail, but funnily enough they are one of the first things you have to tackle. I haven't tried them before, but this coat deserves them, so I'm going to give them a go.
So yesterday I went looking for candidates in the world's most amazing button shop! They don't have an online store (which, when you see the amount of stock they have, you can understand) so it was very lucky that I happened to be nearby.
Here are the three I chose:
Here is the difficult thing - I love them all, so I was hoping for some input from you guys.
CANDIDATE 1 - the Round Button. Boring and predictable, but goes with everything.
CANDIDATE 2 - the Heart Button. Cutesy and fun, and not too over the top.
CANDIDATE 3 - the Red Lips Button. Whimsical and fun and a bit crazy.
So, who would like to put forward a suggestion on which buttons I should use... someone... please!!!