Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My new coat!

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

6 comments:

  1. That sounds lovely! Looking forward to seeing your work on this.

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  2. I know this will be another one of your fabulous projects.

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  3. Ooooh, can't wait to see the finished coat. I do understand your desire to use your cashmere and time on a classic garment. I just cannot bring myself to spend all that time and expense on a garment that will endure one season only.

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  4. Wow, I think you've found the perfect use for your cashmere, I'm eager to see how it comes together!

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  5. I love your work! I agree that a timeless coat should be done in a beautiful fabric.

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  6. Can't wait to see this gorgeous coat!!!
    Sara

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