I have my sewing machine out because I'm making a toile for the trousers of the tailored suit I'm currently constructing in pattern-making (I know; I'm supposed to be on vacation, but I still gotta do some work at home) and I decided to just go ahead and make my Short Coat
, already. I cut the fabric on Tuesday night and sewed it up yesterday afternoon:
This is the REAL stand-still-like-a-mannequin shot.
This coat is based on the Simplicity Built by You 4109 pattern
, because I love the sleeves used in it (they're flared manches talon
cut on the biais). I used the pattern just to cut out the main pieces - which I modified, so the cut isn't exactly the same - and then I went my own way when it came to assembly. [Note: I changed the pattern pieces and did not follow the pattern instructions AT ALL so the result may be a little different for those who use the pattern as is; I used the pattern only to cut out some of the pieces.] The patch pockets and flaps are my own; they're the same ones I made for this jacket
because I like their shape. I modified the collar and sewed it on the way I've been shown to do it in the industry here. I also completely lined the jacket, including the sleeves. (The lining is not a part of the Simplicity pattern.)
Here are some gratuitous finishing shots for you:
If you're wondering how this thing looks on me, we've got my Captain Destructo
to thank because he's also on vacation from school, and he took a few minutes to snap some shots* of me wearing my Short Coat:
*Not a bad photographer for a six-year-old, eh?
I may have to have him take my shots all the time now.
[Hey! Click here for the rest of the show-off shots
I'm looking forward to wearing this; I love how it looks like a little cape with sleeves. We're currently having the best kind of weather for this kind of coat so I'll be debuting it today as we're heading out this afternoon. And here's a secret: I didn't have to buy anything new to make it! The main fabric - a wool blend - was already in my stash. For the lining I used a satin print I had gotten from the fashion design studio where I worked this summer and the buttons, well, let's just say that my Willow
has four buttons less than before. I was too eager to finish this puppy and as yesterday was a national holiday the notions shop was closed so I couldn't buy new buttons. Willow had its share of wear, anyway. It's time to bring on the Short Coat