I’ve signed up for the Great Coat Sew-Along in July. Isn’t that just like me to go and overextend myself yet again? Anyway, I am trying to decide on a design. Notice I said “design” and not “pattern”. I have a feeling that I will be going all Mrs. Stylebook on this one, either drafting the coat from a sloper from scratch, or heavily modifying an existing pattern. (Because why do anything the easy way, right?)
Here are some of the styles I’m considering:
This coat from Verrier:
but below the knee length. Very classic, sort of Little Red Riding Hood, simple lines and the hood gets me out of constructing a collar (but then again, I have to sew an actual, you know, hood).
This coat from Eley Kishimoto:
No, wait – you have to picture it in different fabrics. I’m thinking not quite so contrasting in color, perhaps a tweed for the body and a subtle plaid or check for the yoke. (Work with me here, folks!)
Then there’s this one from Oscar de la Renta:
with a velveteen collar and using the basketweave boucle or wool herringbone from Gorgeous Fabrics (I think this is in the lead at the moment). Not sure if I’d go with fur (fake, of course) at the hem or just leave it plain.
My “classic” fallback coat would be this one from Burberry (hey, they do know how to do coats!):
pretty much in an identical taupe color.
I also like McCalls 5594, but made into longer coat. I would probably have to reduce the amount of gathers, or convert them to tucks/pleats. Also, I would want to lengthen the sleeves.
So, what do you all think? (Go ahead, I won’t take any criticism personally – my taste is all over the map, I know.)