About six weeks ago I started making a coat form some pure wool tartan that I had bought on my travels in Edinburgh. I actually love tailoring. It is the opposite of quick'n'easy but ultimately more fulfilling. I like pressing and interfacing and seemingly endless hand stitching. It soothes me. I put on some favourite music and I can go for hours. Well it's December and I am glad to say the coat is finished just as the English weather cools to 6 degree days, something quite novel to this expat Sydney sider. It took a long time to make because it was interrupted by a trip to Amsterdam to see friends and then a trip to Norway to see the Aurora Borealis. No need to feel sorry for me ;)
The coat is V8754 'Very Easy vogue' here Curiously, the line drawings make it look like the closure is off to one side but that is not the case, the button closures are central. It is a nice pattern with just enough darts and shaping to keep it from being too boxy but simple enough for my first interlining project. It ended up being fully interfaced as well and lined with black satin that I'd bought for another project. The end product is still soft and drapey enough to feel very comfortable on but warm like wearing a blanket, which indeed I am doing as the interlining was originally a thrifted fleece blanket that had been on my bed covers. I couldn't find anything appropriate to buy locally when I was cutting it out! I'll do a PR review with all the blow by blow details soon.
Here I am wearing it.
The back. that's me running to get in place before the timer on my camera went off!
And a gratuitous travel shot - me in Tromso, Norway.
Edited to add photos of the constellation of Gemini, the Aurora Borealis, and Tromso. Please respect that these are my images.
I had a brilliant time.
Happy sewing everyone.
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