Thursday, February 05, 2009

Coat with a Silver Lining


Vogue 8346, view D

I just realized this coat is 100% British! (except for its maker, of course). I bought the wool-mohair-alpaca-nylon mix in the fabric shop nearby, and the silk lining with Melissa and Anwen; the self-cover buttons and shoulder pads came from sewessential.co.uk, who ship super fast - I received my package the day after I ordered.
The lining is white with silver arabesques. I'll take a close-up shot later. Melissa, you're damn right - silk-lined pockets are such a tactile treat for a fabric lover.

I don't have much to say about the pattern, really - except that Vogue 8346 was exactly the design I was after: a classic winter coat with princess seams. The instructions were great. This pattern is a winner.
For reference, I made view D, but cut the hem at view B to have the same length as pictured in view D, because I'm so short.
I cut the front pieces in a size 10 and the back pieces in a size 8; I wanted the ability to wear the coat with 3 layers underneath (including a thick jumper, as in these pictures), so I made it a bit larger than usual.

(you can see a bit of the lining peeking from inside the pocket)

The overall construction went fast, but the hand finishing (snaps, buttons, sleeves, and one very long hem) took forever! I'm so glad I'm done; I have a feeling this coat will be worn to death. I love how swishy the skirt is, and this is really helped by the lining. The coat didn't feel half as full-skirted when I only tried the shell on.

I'll post more details later (lining, buttons, etc.). Whenever I feel like taking more pictures.

(I realize I never share my loom-knitting projects here, but the snood/béret was made about 3 years ago; I have knit one every year, and I have another version in antique mauve, and a super warm version in variegated black-grey-white. This one is definitely showing signs of wear as the weight of the hair ends up stretching the stitches over the years. I'm thinking of knitting another one, in black mohair. I never go out without a hat in the winter, so this black little number has been worn a lot!)

Next up on my sewing list are: a few knit tops, a sofa cover, and a laptop case for Seb.

**Thank you so much to all of you who gave me an award lately - I am very honoured! I never "do" awards, because I just never was able to pick just a few blogs out of the many blogs that rock my creative world daily. I hope you understand - a thousand thanks for thinking of me!**

61 comments:

Adrienne said...

Very Pretty!

paco peralta said...

Isabelle .- au-dessus de la "neige" ... c'est un manteau pour les "contes" de l'hiver. la belle couleur, la doublure est magnifique, bref, vous êtes divine. félicitations.

hugs, Paco

senaSews said...

Your coat looks so nice and beautiful. I love it with the hat. Super cute!

Erica B. said...

Your coat is gorgeous!

Tracy said...

The coat is beautiful, Isabelle! And I like the idea of a happy silvery lining inside a coat! That color is scrumptious...My own new winter wool coat is plum too! :o) Happy Days sewing in London...((HUGS))

Lisa said...

Your look great! I want to make the same pattern. I have muslin cut out, but need to work on fitting.

cidell said...

What a great way to start off life in your new city! I can't beleive the stories we're hearing about the snow in London. I hope your pretty new coat keeps you warm for years to come!

Karen said...

Perfect timing on the coat - from what I've seen on the news you'll be getting lots of wear from it. It turned out lovely, and how appropriate that it's all British.

Rachel said...

Your coat is so lovely. I also enjoy seeing posts about your kitty. I am such a cat person.

Reethi said...

What a lovely coat! It looks great on you (I'm sort of your height too, so I'm always interested to see what you make!)

Oh, and Biscuit is a shelter cat, so if she's rare, its completely accidental.

Xiao Xian said...

You are such a good sewer. The coat looks really professional, and I love the color. Hopefully, I will get better at sewing and make one for myself soon.

Claudine said...

Gorgeous coat!

karenv said...

It's fantastic Isabelle, such a wonderful colour!

coonieandplume said...

It's a wonderful coat!

mermaids said...

gorgeous coat. love that wide collar.

verobirdie said...

Très beau, j'aime beaucoup la coupe, et j'ai l'impression qu'il est le bienvenu ces jours-ci ...

KayB said...

Oh Isabell, the coat is beautiful.... now I know which pattern I'll use for my summer dress/coat. Thanks!

Cathy said...

Isabelle, that coat is gorgeous and such a flattering fit!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

We have matching purple coats! How fun! We need to plan to see each other during winter sometime... Love the coat!

Shannon said...

That coat suits you perfectly - gorgeous!

Summerset said...

I love, love, love it! You look marvelous and warm! The very full skirt is just perfect.

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Wow, the jacket is stunning! I am in awe of your skill:)

mainely stitching said...

That is simply & utterly GORGEOUS and it looks splendid on you!

anita said...

Beautiful coat! The style is very flattering and the silk-lined pockets sound wonderful!

Berry said...

Wow, ton manteau est superbe. Le patron ne m'attirait pas mais quand je vois le résultat je me demande ce que j'ai dans les yeux. Le tout est excellent!

.x.Helen.x. said...

Beautiful! It suits you perfectly. And I love the colour!

Meg said...

Coat is gorgeous!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Love this coat on you! You did a wonderful job :)

Amanda S. said...

What a beautiful coat! I love the color and it fits perfectly. Great job.

Little Hunting Creek said...

Beautiful coat, and just in time for the snow.

Allison said...

Isabelle, this coat is just too adorable. Great job!

Von said...

What an accomplishment to sew a gorgeous wool coat! It's so beautiful and perfect for your cold, snowy weather in London just now! :)

Sharon said...

Gorgeous coat Isabelle! I love that silver lining.

cathymk said...

Very Stylish and elegant!

Anonymous said...

Hello ma chère Isabelle !
Ce manteau est une vraie merveille, bravo ! J'adore la forme, la couleur, et bien sûre cette fameuse doublure ...
Passe une bonne fin de semaine, sous la neige à ce que je vois ...
Lisbei

ViRginiE said...

Il est superbe! Bravo!

brodstitch said...

So pretty!

mais je vois que tu as les pieds dans la neige...ah!si tu t'étais "posée" jute de l'autre coté du Channel,sur les rivages du Bessin,tu n'aurais pas pu faire de si charmantes photos :o)

Peux tu me donner ton adresse à Londres?

Arlene said...

Tres jolie et belle couleur! Bravo!

Kim Hood said...

Fabulous coat. I hope London is treating you well and you aren't to horrified at how badly we cope with snow!

Miss Cutie will be enjoying her radiator at present - I know my siamese cat Clive certainly is.

Christina said...

The silhouette, the colors, the fabrics, they are so glamourous and so "you"!

Cafe Couture said...

Isabelle, le tien l'est aussi!!! Il te va bien surtout. Alors, ca se passe bien à Londres?

Jennifer/OH said...

London in the snow! You are there during an historic Winter event. Luckily you have this gorgeous coat to keep you warm. Beautiful work. I also love the beret. I need something like that in an open crochet style to put on my hair at work. The classic gymnastics "pony-tail" is a bit out of date for someone 40+ years old!

Nancy K said...

beautiful coat. Perfect for the weather there!

Nancy W. said...

This turned out so nicely! I love the color too. There is just such a sense of accomplishment in making a coat. Well done!

Anwen said...

Wow, that's stunning, and such fast work! I have that pattern and am incubating the idea of it for next winter, as I hate my coat (it's an ok style but the fabric has pilled uncontrollably - it was cheap at least, but still) and couldn't find anything similar to this pattern in the shops, but I *love* the full-skirted coat look <3

Tini said...

GORGEOUS! It looks fabulous on you!

Karoline said...

It's a gorgeous coat, congratulations

Vicki said...

Isabelle, that looks so lovely on you!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a pretty, pretty coat! Nice job!!!

Tany said...

Your coat is a MASTERPIECE and it suits you so well, my dear friend! I love it, and I love the color too!

(Thank you for your comment earlier today; in fact I'm not feeling well lately, I'm having terrible headaches and I should rest more. On brighter news, I have a gift package for you ready to be sent since last week; I will try to post it this week, since last week I couldn’t find the time to go to the post office. I hope you like the little surprises inside! (((HUGS))) )

melissa said...

OMG that coat is a masterpiece! The skirt falls beautifully on you and the lining was the perfect choice! Your restraint at Goldhawk Road truly paid off, I love it!!

Lindsay T said...

Well done!, as the Brits say. Lovely coat and perfect for the chilly weather.

Stephanie said...

WOW! It's Beautiful!! Love the hat too!!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Dear Isabelle, what can I say. That coat is gorgeous and looks so warm. You got it done just in time for our cold spell.

Catherine said...

Quel beau manteau!! Tu es vraiment très douée, Isabelle, bravo!!

Lisette M said...

So very pretty! Hope you are settling in your new home.
Lisette

Yulwen said...

Coucou Isabelle,
Désolée de ne pas commenter en anglais pour une fois, mais ça fait déjà plusieurs jours que je veux te laisser ce commentaire et vu ma fatigue je n'ai pas le courage de le faire in English ;)
Ton manteau est réellement magnifique ! J'aime beaucoup son col ! La couleur aussi est très sympa et la doublure m'a aussi l'air très jolie. Il faudra que tu me le montres le jour où nous viendrons vous rendre visite ;)
Gros bisous.
A bientôt.
Julie

lena-lou said...

I love the coat Isabelle the colour and style are gorgeous and suit you beautifully :-))

Hope you are feeling at home in London and enjoying it .
Take care x

Valérie said...

Voilà longtemps que je ne venais pas. Toujours aussi ravissante, ton manteau est superbe !

sylvie said...

Ouuahhh... i love it!!!

Everlasting said...

Tout à fait remarquable!