I proudly present: The Tapestry Coat! It’s been a long time in the making – I’ve been planning to make it since I bought the fabric last summer. As soon as I saw this crazy upholstery fabric, I knew I wanted to make a coat out of it. Something 60is inspired, a swing coat maybe, with a clean shape (not too many seams, they would just break up the design), big collar and short sleeves.
I thought about getting my hands on a real vintage coat pattern, but soon decided to rather draft my own version. I used this pattern originally in my graduation collection, it was the swan jacket. I lengthened it, added 8cm to the CF and drafted a new collar. The original jacket was made in a size 36, but it does fit me as well: It’s just not as roomy, but fits a bit closer around the shoulders and upper torso – which I quite like anyway. So I just added a couple of cms to the CF for the overlap (the original didn’t close) and then some more for the facing. I left the sleeves short because I really like this length and it’s unusual to see that on outerwear. I already ordered some long knitted gloves and I’ll wear those with the coat once it gets colder. It’s not made for the coldest winter though, I guess I’ll be able to wear it maybe three more weeks and then again in march.
Construction-wise, there weren’t any difficulties – raglan sleeves make everything a lot easier! I added welt pockets and used the pocket lining for the undercollar as well. The main fabric would have been way too thick and heavy and I like how this is a floral again, only smaller. It’s a scrap from another project – a circle skirt for my niece, she actually picked the fabric herself. I didn’t find any buttons that matched or that I liked, so I decided to use three big gold snaps instead. I might need to reposition one of them, the fabric doesn’t lie completely flat there and that’s annoying. But generally, I really like this solution, I can always add decorative buttons once I find some that look good!
The fabric was narrow (110 I think) so I couldn’t make the shape quite as exaggerated and swing-y as I wanted (more A-lined now), but the coat is probably more wearable like this anyway. Really, the only thing I regret is that I haven’t made it sooner – tapestry fabric was all over the runway at Miu Miu this spring and so it’s obviously in trend right now.
Also, I know I’ve never mentioned this before, but I’m participating in 12 Letters of Handmade Fashion again – just like I have the last couple of months. It’s a monthly sewing-initiative started Selmin of Tweed&Greet and everyone can upload a project that fits the letter that was drawn that month. I never thought about it while making something, some of the garments I made just magically matched the current letter. Anyway, this month’s letter is the R and my entry is this Raglan-sleevd coat! Want to share your project with R as well? Head over to Lisa’s blog Lesestoff for more information!