|The original advertisement that I ripped out of a magazine, |
probably from Vogue and from several years ago.
Changes made to suit my design of making this a Chicago Winter worthy coat included:
- change the overall length to mid thigh
- Add zippers to the arms so I can close them against the weather
- change up the pockets
- slightly change up the overall silhouette to fit as a winter coat
- keep the same original proportions of the coat in regards to the sections and the horizontal seams.
The second challenge was to find the fabric. I loved the color but was not dead set on finding this color. We all know how challenging that can be! Back in August I walked into Michael's Fabrics/A Fabric Place in Baltimore and i'll be damned that I found the most perfect fabric to make this dreamed up coat of mine! That was it I had to buy that fabric! Of course it was the most beautiful Valentino napped cashmere wool. You know the kind that comes with the really high price tag PLUS the fancy label... that I never sew into my garments, I just put them on one of my magnet boards!
The entire coat was underlined with a cotton flannel and lined with a plaid silk duiponi (but very fine, like a cross with a silk taffeta) and these gorgeous gold buttons! Both lining and buttons were also sourced from Michael's fabrics. The Buttons were perfect and of course the perfect button was $12 a piece!! Of well, at that point I didn't even bat an eye.
For the collar I decided to use a large gold sew on snap. I felt like the button would be too heavy both in weight and in look and using the large gold snap allows for a cleaner look at my neckline when closed and when open it blends into the button look.
I took hundreds of pictures during every phase from first draft of pattern, through multiple muslins, all the cutting and construction process, all the way to the finished garment you see here! Next blog post will be a photo tour of the process and construction.
|I found these winter rain boots quite by accident in the perfect color to match my coat!|
It was SOOOOOOO worth it!! The coat fits like a dream and is so unbelievably comfortable and so many lovely compliments while on my trip to Europe.
|Above- at Christmas market in Lieden, Netherlands|
Below- walking with my niece, Roxie, in Utrecht, Netherlands