Well, I have finally decided on my next project. Above you can see Burda 7855. It is classic and I think it is the one for my charcoal grey cashmere. I like it's princess shoulder seams, all the better for fitting. I also like its classic look. I don't want to use up my cashmere for anything trendy, as tempting as that may be. This coat fits the bill. I am going to do View A, the style you see here, but will cut it short, jacket length. For me, that is about 32-35 inches long. The shoulder princess seams give lots of opportunity for fitting. I will start with a muslin before cutting into the cashmere.
I was really hoping for a coat that would lend itself to a fur collar. Last summer I was at Fabric Fix as the owner unloaded some absolutely fabulous high end faux furs he picked up on his biweekly jaunts to the Garment District. I grabbed the fox and brought it back to NY. I think I will make a detachable fur collar for this coat with the fox. It really is lovely. The longer guard hairs make it look so natural. I have it here kind of draped in a big wrinkle, but you get the idea. I think it will be lovely with the grey cashmere.
I really long to get back to tailoring. While this pattern doesn't allude to any hand tailoring, that is where I want to go. I will do bound buttonholes, possibly welt pockets, and a pad stitched collar and lapels. I need to do some research as I am not sure about the specific measurements for doing my pad stitching on the collar. The lapels are obvious, but the collar I am not so sure about.
Now all I need to hone in on is a hand stitching project. If I get a moment I will cut out the Christening gown for our niece and that should fill the bill nicely. Keep ya' posted.........Bunny