Sometimes you just see what you want to see.I had this gorgeous piece of light blue boiled wool in my stash for a few years, and its time had come.
The coat was extremely simple to make. If you can pull off this style, there probably isn't an easier coat pattern out there. I made it in one day- I kid you not. However, then the problems began. I realized that I had a styling problem with this coat, when I put it on, and felt that it looked like an old woman in a light blue bathrobe. All I needed was curlers in my hair. So, to remedy it, I decided to chop off 9 inches of the bottom of the coat.
I used silver magnetic snaps at the top, although they are hidden. I love magnetic snaps- they almost fasten themselves when the magnets get close enough.
But, alas- this coat isn't for a real winter. And, I'm sorry to say, we have had a REAL WINTER this year! The wind just whips right up those big wide sleeves, not to mention the fact that it is completely open below the snaps.
Practical, this coat is NOT. Pretty it is. Comfortable it is. I think I will get more use out of it once it is a little warmer.
And the lining is an aqua silk charmeuse- as luxurious as you can get. I'm sure that this coat would cost a pretty penny had it been in a designer shop.
1. Difficult style and color to wear without going "old". Must style carefully!!!
2. Not practical in a real winter, due to wide sleeves and no closures.
3. Easy to sew.
4. Comfortable to wear.
That's my two cents. Occasionally, I wish that I would have waited for another pattern for this fabric, but it's growing on me. I haven't worn it out in public yet, so I will have to see how I feel after I've ventured outside of my back yard in it for the final verdict.