Post editing note: the back elastic looked a bit wonky to me so I redid it and made one of those back waist band thingies while I was about it.
Or so a chalk written question on a blackboard outside a hairdressers' asked all who passed its premises. My colour says I am going grey, and recently my hairdresser broached the subject.
HD: Now I see we are getting a little salt in there with the pepper, would you like to talk colour possibilites?
Me: You know, Dutch painters used to paint still-lifes with decaying fruit and bones to remind us that we are all going to die. Let's call my grey my little piece of "memento mori."
HD: (pause) aah that would be a "no" then?
I went looking for fabric for my pants and came back with this instead.
I fell in love with the sky blue with gold glitter. As soon as I saw it I thought, "wow, that's real Queen Mother material." And then I thought about it a bit more and thought, "no, hey, it's more Camilla Parka Bowles."
I've always been meaning to get back to this pattern BWOF 03-2009-115. I've been thinking recently it's really a good idea to make Burda patterns more than once - the first time most of your time is spent tracing and trying to figure out the instructions - second time is a breeze and you can fix all those annoying first time round mistakes.
So what does this colour say about me? It says I am a fabric magpie who can't resist a bit of glitter; it says for some inexplicable reason I am drawn to dress like an old lady; it says my sense of humour finds its way into everything I do and everything I wear.
Costings: fabric $12 (Nick's) Interfacing $10, thread $4.50, elastic 50 c (only used a tiny bit) retro buttons 4 for $2 (Salvage). = $29.00
I'm sorry that the sun has bleached out the fabulous glitter quality to this coat and you can't see many of the details, which is a pity, but we have to take our child free photo opportunities when we have them.
Look at that great 70's collar
And from the back, I inserted elastic to pull in the back waist fullness rather than make the belt.
Hopefully you can make out the pockets in this photo, as they are a central design feature to this coat.
Here are the vintage buttons and you can see a better representation of the colour of this coat.
The technical drawing, courtesy of Burda: