Sunday, May 8, 2011

The bold coat



Well, as you can see, I had a change of mind when it came to my RTW project. I chose another coat (now there's a surprise) and made it more climate and lifestyle friendly by making it in denim.

I liked the idea of this denim very much - polka dots, woven, not printed.

The pattern is Simplicity 2311, which I loved on Elizabeth. I had some doubts about the wisdom of the lapel size on me though. Something Gok said about not adding more to an already generously proportioned area. Mostly though I am concerned by the fit which typically for me with Simplicity is very small on the front (before alterations) and very big on the back.



I really enjoy wearing this coat because it's a lot of fun. When the weather gets greyer it'll come into its own.



The waist band is a bit of a mystery - it doesn't really add any shaping at all but seems to just want to lounge about snuggled into its enormous carrier.





Happy mother's day to all the mums out there. Thank you to Sherry for 'parenting' her sewing babies through this complicated journey!

21 comments:

  1. So fun! Love the big lapels balanced by the wide leg pants. The back belt is super cute.

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  2. Your jacket looks fabulous. Wonderfully made.

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  3. Oh I love this coat on you! I adore the polka dots denim. What a find! Beautiful.

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  4. Though the temps are in the 90s here, seeing your polka dotted coat makes me want to sew something lined! The coat is balanced and fun. I bet you will wear it a lot!

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  5. I am *shocked* that you sewed a coat.
    Shocked.

    Very cute, love the denim, impeccable work as always!

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  6. So pretty! I especially like the detail on the back belt.

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  7. Nice spots, that's a fun fabric for an Autumn coat. Virry nice!

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  8. Marie-ChristineMay 8, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Love the polka dots.. Nice lining too. I think the wide lapels are perfect actually, far from "adding more to an already generously proportioned area" they are so well-placed as to completely distract from it. Thanks for pointing out that pattern..

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  9. Love the coat, especially the polka dot denim. I think the wide lapels are perfect. Beautifully made as always.

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  10. Oh Em Gee I love it. The polka dots and huge lapels are great!

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  11. Very cute coat. Love the polka dots. I find simplicity patterns big in the back too, but I thought it was just me. Great pants, too.

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  12. An amazing coat. I want one!. The polka dots are deliciously light hearted. I like the shape of the coat on you very much. It looks nicely balanced to me.

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  13. Polka Dot Denim - what a great choice and looks fabulous on you. Great job.

    Happy Mother's Day to you too.

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  14. Denim polka dots with a hot pink lining is pretty funky/cute! You are the *queen* of coats. Happy Mother's Day!

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  15. That coat is awesome! I have the same concerns about large lapels, cowls and other generous folds resting atop my chest, but this is evidence that it can work...and smirk!

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  16. Cute, cute, cute! I love it, and your green pants. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's day weekend.

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  17. I do love wide lapels, and I think they look great on you Mary Nanna.

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  18. The large lapels are definitely fabulous. Gok schmok.

    I just did a coat retrospective on your blog, and I I think the large lapels look perhaps even more fabulous than the smaller ones on previous coats.

    With all that coat sewing, you have lapels for every occasion. Now how many gals could say that?

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  19. I LOVE the polka dots. I've never seen polka dotted denim. The coat reminds me of a similar dotted one I've been eyeing in a Japanese sewing book.

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  20. I love everything about this coat - the polka dot fabric, the contrasting lining, details and of course the large lapels. It looks fabulous with the green pants.

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  21. Seriously you are recycling this coat?????? It is toooo gorgeous for words. You could recycle it in my direction anytime!

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