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


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

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

  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.

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

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

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


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