I’ve listened to you and worked hard this weekend on my coat.
I know you are expecting something like Burda’s vision of elegance for this pattern (BurdaStyle 11/2014 #111)
But, I’ve made a muslin and it’s not an elegant coat in any way.
IKEA upholstery fabric. So much more fun to make muslins from than, well, muslin.
The first thing you probably noticed (after the sad blue face on my tummy), was the collar. I’ve got mine on the roll lines marked on the pattern
That’s how the shorter version of this coat (BurdaStyle 11/2014 #110) is intended to be worn
Good to know I have options!
Okay lets look at the fit.
This is a straight size 42, with no changes except to make the sleeves a bit roomier though the upper arm.
It doesn’t look too bad to me, but please let me know what you think.
I can see a couple of things
- The “waist” seam is sitting on my waist, but the pattern is drafted with this seam 1cm or so above the waist. I considered shortening the bodice (I often need to) but the bust darts are about right (sorry, can’t see them in my photos). I’ll probably leave this like it is.
- There’s a bit of excess fabric under the bust at the sides.
Apart from the extra fabric under the arms on the side, the back looks good. Yes that is a fabric marking pencil in my hair. From Paris (so there is a tiny bit of elegance after all!)
The side views show that the bottom edge might need to be leveled
My plan is to use this pattern for this fabric.
It’s an Oscar de la Renta double-faced wool, linen and mohair blend, woven houndstooth with metallic threads and a dark brown laminated back. A fabulous gift from Liz of Designer Fabrics Australia, my favourite online fabric shop!
I’m planning to use it like a double faced fabric, with the laminated side on the outside and the tweed showing on the collar and the turnback.
I need to play around a bit with the fabric, but if I can, I’ll use lapped seams for the vertical seams, to show a little bit of the tweed and highlight the style lines.
Do you think I should try to get rid of that fabric pooling under my bust? The IKEA fabric is not quite as thick as the Oscar De La Renta, and a little bit stiffer. Perhaps a bit of extra ease here won’t be too much of an issue? All advice gladly received!
Oh, and I’m very tempted to cut out another collar piece and a front facing in hot pink for the IKEA coat, chop the coat down to hip length and line it. It could make a fun casual topper! What do you think?