Luckily, there's no need to deny myself these pleasures despite my advanced years (technically I was a student until very recently, but I just finished grad school! Huzzah!). At this time of year I always indulge in new tights (these are the only ones that matter in the world), a duvet cover and a new pair of knee high boots (three sets are winging their way to me from Clarks now for consideration).
But now, thanks to sewing I have an altogether more satisfying early autumn pursuit: coat making!
This year's make was inspired by this gorgeous emerald green number from Marks & Spencer (purveyor of fine tights):
I swear it took me a few hours before it occurred to me to MAKE THE DAMN THING. But make it I shall!
So, on my recent trip to NYC I trawled around the garment district looking for coating in just the right colour. Not an easy feat! Twice I found perfect specimens only to find that they only had 2 yards, which is definitely not enough for a coat for a size 22. Finally, nestling in a corner of upstairs at Mood I found the cashmere section... and an amazing bright emerald 100% cashmere. It took a bit of cajoling and mental arithmetic from the ladies (Lauren Lladybird: "but you have to factor in the entertainment value to the cost!") but I took the plunge. Here it is about to be cut - it's a little brighter in reality than it appears here.
For the lining, I'm going to be using this crazily awesome flamingo poly crepe de chine I picked up at EmmaOneSock, which is currently working its way around the interwebs. I was excited when this arrived at the office. Can you tell?
As for the pattern, I'm going to use good old Simplicity 1759 again because I really loved my coat from last year, and it is already adjusted to me (swayback and FBA) so it seems silly not to. This time though I'm going to go with front view B which is a fairly slim classic lapel, which is meant to stick up but which I may fold down, because I'm a rebel like that. Although will that be a problem as it doesn't have a collar stand? Hmm. Confusing myself. I must also confess that I am a little hesitant about the size of the collar - I'm not sure if it might make my bust larger. What do you reckon? Or I could somehow hack something between the B and C views but working for single breasted... The tyranny of choice and the ability to alter patterns, I tell you.
I'll be going back to my original coat-making tips post, too, because I've sort of forgotten it all and it'll be blissful not to have to do all that research again.
A bright green cashmere coat will be mine. Will I look like Kermit? Only time will tell.
So a question for you, lovelies. Would you like to see in-progress photos of coat-making? I'm never sure how much people are interested in the guts vs. the end product. And, any top coat making tips for me? I'm going to go the fusible tailoring route again because I loved the results last time and figure I won't mess with (limited) success.