Because, thats right friends, I'm making two.... AT THE SAME TIME!!!
You may remember this coat:
And you must excuse my hair in the above photo - I must have been having a bad hair day...
And this one:
The black coat was THE FIRST THING I EVER MADE and it has many many issues, and I made adjustments to the pattern that I shouldn't have made, but, I was so proud of it that I wore it in a best dressed competition at a vintage fair.
12 months on I decided to make the red one to show myself (and you guys) just how far I'd come (which is a long way). I love it and wear it regularly, and get many many compliments on it.
Now that its winter again, my head is turning to coats. And whilst its not quite 12 months (my blogiversary is in August) I want to see what I can do with my new pattern drafting skills and this same gorgeous coat pattern.
I have two inspiration images:
I have always loved shawl collars, but have you seen how expensive these coats are!!!!
And the cape collar is lovely too, and makes me think of Sherlock Holmes (god knows why!).
The shawl collar will be made out of this lilac wool blend, with a silk rayon lining (both impossible to photograph and get the colours right!):
Wool blend from Fabric.com (now sold out)
Lining from Mood Fabrics (thanks to Relynn!)
And the cape collar will be made from this black Amicale blazer-weight flannel (which is luxuriously soft!) and an acetate lining (unless I change my mind and can find something else)
Wool flannel from Gorgeous Fabrics (now sold out)
Swirly dotted acetate lining also from Gorgeous Fabrics (now sold out)
I have also purchased some AMAZING buttons, but that deserves a post of its own!
So now I need to adjust a few pattern pieces to make this work. Wish me luck!