It's really been awhile, hasn't it? I'm not good at coming up with posts about sewing when I don't have anything to show you. I cleaned my sewing room and did some organizing which has helped me get in the mood to sew. I am tired of making versions of my tnt pants and tee shirt and there in lies the problem. I have to make so many fitting changes to patterns that sometimes I just don't have the energy for it. I spend a lot of time looking for the perfect pattern or at least a pattern that I can change to get the look I am after. I spend a lot of time making lists of what I want to sew and never sewing all of it. A raincoat has been on my list for years. Really, years. Renee from Miss Celie's Pants posted on her blog that she had just bought real Burberry fabric from Michael's in Baltimore. I quickly called them up and bought 5 yards of black bonded raincoat fabric. It's been sitting in my stash for a long time. Maybe 5 years? Renee made her coat years ago. I have matching lining, red cashmere and wool blend for a button out lining. buttons, buckles, in other words everything I need to make a damn raincoat. I actually have two sets of buckles for this coat and now I don't know if I will actually use buckles!
Anyway, I finally made a decision on a pattern and it was not one of the at least half dozen patterns I bought to make this coat. All this time I've been sure that I wanted to make a trench coat. A single breasted, not the more typical double breasted variety. I even found some patterns, but none felt right. I've been looking at coats on Style.com and Net a Porter looking for something that did feel right and I found it. Actually I found two coats and one pattern that I could use as the base for both coats. I even have fabric for not one, but two winter coats. Lining too. Got to love that stash. The last coat I made was a bit of a disappointment which is one of the reasons I have hesitated. Good coat patterns are hard to come by. The new Vogue Ralph Rucci pattern is fabulous, but not for my body. What I found were several coats from the Celine's Spring 2015 show. Phoebe Philo is one of my favorite designers. She has a modern minimalism that I love. It doesn't always work for me, but these shapes would be flattering. I don't intend to make it exactly like the original, but this is my inspiration.
I also like these Calvin Klein coats enormously and they would work for a wonderful coating that's also been sitting in my stash, also from Michael's.
To get to these coats I found Burda 103 3/14.
The Russian Burda site has some wonderful versions of this coat including one a la Burberry if I decide to go in a more classic version.
I am still at the pattern alteration stage, but at least I am working on something new.
Have a great weekend.