Until about a week ago it's been unusually cold on the central coast of California. I kept going into my (very stuffed) coat closet to find something warm enough to wear. There was not one piece I felt like putting on. All of my choices were lightweight for our usually mild winters.
Last week I finally got time to begin my new winter coat. Problem was, we were having a heat wave!
And my little studio isn't insulated so the indoor thermometer read 80 degrees!
But I forged on, sweating all the way.
My fitting guru, Jenny, helped me shorten Marcy Tilton's V8934. I used a Seattle Fabrics DWR Supplex 100% nylon in a grey/black. I lined it with a very thin Polartec in black.
It doesn't look like much in the photo but I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this coat. This fabric will travel well.
I vacillated on which front band closure I would use. View A showed buttons and view B was a fly front with hidden buttons. I went with View A. I worried about making buttonholes on that rainwear...in fact, all night one night...stupid, right?
So I went with the idea on the pattern, using little patches of fabric to highlight the buttons. I used a stretch black and white denim. Worked great. It gave a little detail that the coat needed.
I waited on which fabric to use for the collar lining. I figured I wouldn't want the Supplex against my neck but wasn't sure how the black would look on the inside of the collar.
When I got to that point I auditioned both fabrics and the black looked fine. So glad. Feels wonderful.
There's not much to the back of this garment but I had the photo so why not show it? Those two little white spots are just the sun peaking in from the window, not a design element!
I like this pattern very much. I'll make it again. The coat took longer to make than I had figured. About 20 hours total. But I'm a slow sewer and I took my time since I hadn't lined a garment in 38 years! Most of my clothes are knits.
I don't usually count the hours I have into a garment...not the point, right? But I was curious about this one and so I counted. 20 hours well spent listening to Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. They both took around the same amount of time!