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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Green Goddess Coat





I've got a thing for green- particularly teal green. But, I don't have that much in my wardrobe to reflect that.  I've been collecting fabrics with this color for a while, and now have enough to sew a coordinated wardrobe with teal, black and silver.  There is a contest going on at Patternreview this month where you can win a $175 gift certificate for the best mix-and-match 10 piece wardrobe.  Although I can't finish by the end date (11/30), I am going to participate unofficially.   This jacket is my "topper".  It is McCalls 5987


This is a quickie to make because it is unlined.  There really isn't much too it- sew the shoulder and side seams, sew the sleeves together and attach the scarf.  Narrow hem by machine, and voila, you have a coat! Here is the back view.

I chose this jade green boucle wool and it is extremely warm.  It ravels like crazy, and I wish I would have taken a photo of the floor after I was done sewing it.  It looked like I had sheared a sheep! 





You can wear the scarf wrapped around you or just loose.  Here is a side view with it unwrapped.  I had originally added 2 inches to the coat because I'm tall, and just do this automatically.  But I ended up cutting off the extra length, so if you are a petite person, I think you'd need to significantly shorten the pattern.  It also had no closure, and I added a coat hook and eye at the center front, just in case it is a windy day, like when we took this photo!

Overall, I'm happy with the pattern and the way it turned out.  It is a LOT of green, which will take some getting used to.  As long as I tone it down with black, I think it will work though.

4 comments:

  1. Elegant and dashingly gorgeous! Very nice scenic photo of you in your new coat.

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  2. Love your style choices, Ann! The teal coat is divine! Great to see this fabric already in action: I'm also working on it - just finished a sweater coat for my DD, and am finishing a short-sleeved tunic out of the remnant for me. My floor - thankfully not carpet - is also overgrown with this moss.

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  3. Lovely - both the style and the color.

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  4. What a beautiful coat Ann! I think the color is gorgeous!

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