Here's the mock-up:
Wow, even in this fuzzy shot you can see that there's a lot of fabric happening in this coat.
I do like the sleeve and collar area, but that armhole is large and quite low.
Despite having to sew four of those finicky corners, I really like the collar and proportions on this one. It uses a lot of fabric because of that cut on sleeve so it might mean fabric shopping if I pursue this one.
Now here's where I have to pause for a moment. I did some snoop shopping in the quaint little town of Lititz, PA back in November and fell in love with a line of wool/alpaca coats and jackets at one of the boutiques there, a line called Beyond Threads. I tried on this wonderful Corina jacket (although the sleeves were about an inch too short, typical for me in RTW.) What you cannot tell from the picture or the description is that there is an underarm gusset that means the dolman cut on sleeve actually has a higher and more flattering lower armhole.
|Corina Jacket from Beyond Threads|
|Nice bias lines on the sleeve|
By now I was getting a little winded with trying new patterns and going to the trouble of marking those grid lines on my mock ups. But I had two more patterns to consider so onward....
Nothing unique but this one could be a real work horse of a pattern. Those early nineties drop shoulders will have to be adjusted but otherwise it looks promising so far.
The last candidate was truly just for fun. It does not fulfill any wardrobe hole but sometimes you just feel like venturing out into uncharted waters. I got caught up in the Thanksgiving weekend Craftsy sale when all the classes were $19.99. (The sale continues: Craftsy classes ...and it's not just sewing ) I added more classes than I care to admit to my already loaded inventory. And since I was there I decided to watch more of Natalie Chapin's stenciling and stitching class. This pattern was the freebie that came when I bought the class last year and so I decided to make a mock up and see if it is worth pursuing. Here's a very rough mock up (the pockets are quite unique and I got annoyed and did a rough and dirty version just for placement on one side.)
So, that's what I have been sewing for the last month. Last week I bundled them all up and took them up to Sarah Veblen I paid Sarah for her time in evaluating each one, making fitting adjustments as needed and then evaluating some fabrics I am considering. It is the nicest Christmas present I could buy for myself. I'll share the results in a future post.
I also received a Christmas present of sorts of some nice woolens from a friend at the gym (most of them will be giveaways at January's retreat.) When I was thanking her and shared that I hoped one of the plaids was enough for a coat, one of the other women was puzzled. I had mentioned that I had stitched up these five coat mock ups before deciding which two I would pursue this year. She asked me quizzically if it wouldn't just be easier to buy a coat? Ah, the sewists out there know that yes, of course that would be easier for most of us but that's not why I sew....and maybe not why you sew either. I love the fabric, the process, the creativity and freedom....and also the many dear friendships among others who understand. I'll be warmer this winter with all of those things close to me.