Last year I started making a long super warm coat with pattern #114 from Burda 10/2010.. Since I wear only short dresses, skirts and shorts during the winter, it was logical to have a coat that would keep me a bit warmer when temperatures go under 0 degrees.. I bought very thick plaid wool and padded lining.. I had a limited color choice, and settled with this gray-purple-black plaid.. At least it had some color in it.. The coat seamed as an easy project until I got stuck with few issues.. The first was pleat at the back which looked strange with my thick wool, too many layers at one place.. The collar was a second thing I didn’t like, it was too short.. And the third – it was missing something interesting at front.. My plaid was not fun enough for this simple silhouette.. Last year we had mild winter, and that was my excuse to delay finishing the coat.. When this winter arrived, once again I was ignoring the almost finished project.. I even put it on my mannequin as a constant reminder to do something with it..
I don’t love UFO’s.. I’m always lazy to redo them if they have a mistake.. At one point, I pulled myself together and started finishing this coat.. First I had to remove the back pleat, and to do that, I had also to rip the collar seam and remove collar as well.. I cut off excess fabric from the pleat and sewed the central back seam.. The coat immediately seamed lighter and more wearable without the back pleat.. After that I added redrafted collar and it was looking way better.. Besides the collar, only detail this coat has are flap pockets..
While I was buying some sewing supplies, I saw frog closures, and that was a special touch for my coat.. Frog closures were an afterthought.. I would love more if I could have placed them symmetrically on the coat instead being off to my left.. They are following the line where coat overlaps.. If loops were longer I would surely place them symmetrically.. Instead of sewing only two large snap fasteners, I sewed four..
The thing I liked the most about this model were 7/8 sleeves.. A great excuse to make more fingerless mitts and similar knitting accessories.. This red fingerless mitts were my first make to wear with this coat.. I didn’t use any pattern, just a bit of lace and cables on one place.. Yarn is called Bonito (color 956), 49% wool and 51% acrylic, from Turkish brand Lanoso.. I also love how they give a pop of color to my coat..
Behind the camera with freezing fingers - my dear Boginja Drx