Tuesday 6 December 2011

Winter Coat

Last time I mentioned I’d finished my winter coat, and today, I finally got some pictures of it.

The coat was made using herringbone wool in grey and off white, which
I had in my stash. I didn’t have very much of it, just 150x180 cm (about 59x71”), which presented a problem. I like my coats to be long (usually longer than this), as I get cold easily, and prefer them to be wide at the hem as I wear skirts or dresses with a bit of width most of the time. The answer was to use a different fabric for the details (collar, placket, belt and sleeve ornaments). This fabric, gray wool, was also one I had in my stash, and as with the herringbone fabric, there was just enough to squeeze the pieces I wanted from it. In fact, I had so little of either fabric that I had to use a third woollen fabric for the facing on the front and the collar. It took quite some time to work out how to make a coat out of so little fabric, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I would have preferred a bit more width at the hem, but beggars cannot be choosers….
My poor fingers are so swollen that I can't wear my rings...
they have to be worn on a chain round my neck.
To make ultimate use of the main fabric, I cut it in as few pieces I could, which meant only two in front, two in back. From the little fabric left, I made a pleated gusset, inserted in the centre back from the waist down, to add a tiny bit of width. It’s very slim, which is my main regret with the coat, (so I won’t post a picture of it, though you can see a hint of it in the side shot below) but I really didn’t have any more fabric.
As I’m very pregnant right now, I didn’t make any darts at the waist, just from the shoulders. Instead I made a sort of belt, that can be adjusted to my hopefully soon slimmer figure, by moving the buttons in front. Hopefully it’ll work as planned, so I won’t have to look like a tent the whole winter.
The buttons in front are not functional, as I couldn’t think of a clever way to make them sit right on the contrasting placket while using buttonholes, and it would look silly if they were off centre. Instead I used rather big hooks and sewn bars, which so far have worked very well. The buttons just add visual interest. As you see, the lining is a vivid pink, just for fun.
More visual interest is found at the sleeves, where a band from the grey wool is decorated with a self fabric sewn bow and a button.
The other day a lady came up to me and asked where I’d bought my coat, which was flattering. She wanted one for her niece, who is also pregnant, and is having difficulty finding a coat that will close.
On Saturday the baby is due, but I doubt he or she will arrive in time, as I and all my siblings were more or less late. I’ll just have to practice patience a bit longer, and hope to scrape up enough energy to finish a skirt I’m working on, and looking forward to wearing when I have the resemblance of a waist again.


  1. That is a gorgeous coat! When I first saw the first picture I thought "wow, she looks so tiny!" and then you showed the side picture and yes, you definitely look pregnant. :) I remember being very pregnant like that with Malachi. What an uncomfortable time, yet exciting too. I am so excited for you and can't wait to hear about the baby when it arrives! It the meantime you have a great coat to wear that looks so versatile and warm. I love the contrasting fabrics. It looks like it was meant to be that way.

  2. Min söta tjockis... Du är så gullig som höggravid. Och kappan är jättefin!

  3. beautiful coat! and you look so happy :) i can't wait to see your little one!

  4. Thanks for your comments! I am happy (though tired and, yes, uncomfortable) and excited to see what kind of person this baby will turn out to be. Also looking forward to making little historic clothes ^^


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