The coat, the pattern derived from Burda 11/12 model 140, but ending up nothing like it.
I was aiming for a 50s swing style look. The fabric is a tweedy loose weave in blue and black, and a black wool. The tweed was bought in London, the black wool was lugged there on SNCF and Eurostar. In between the lining, found in the London stash, and the outer fabric is an interlining of a cotton/rayon twill, bought to use as a toile and put to use as an extra layer.
Burda newbies often gasp in horror at the pattern sheets, and wonder how on earth to trace the lines of the pieces they want from the mesmerizing jumble of coloured lines.
I use several different ways according to what pattern paper and equipment I have to hand. This time, it was heavy Morplan paper, carbon paper from the stationers over it, and the pattern sheets on top.
double tracing wheel, two pencils stuck together with blue tack, a flexible curve placed next to your pattern line.
I was doing substantial pattern alteration, so the nett pattern suited me.
The first thing I had to do was an FBA, so I closed all of the bust darts in the pattern, which fall from the neckline and underarm, and moved them into a temporary shoulder dart position.
Then I added in to the front to get enough F/G cup room.Once that was settled I had a new bust point to replan the darts, slashing to the new BP and swivelling the pieces. Darts always get initially drawn right to the bust point, but get replanned so they finish shorter, by the way.
I added some flare, more or less winging it, drafted a drapey collar to replace the Peter Pan style on the original, and redrafted the sleeves as one piece with a flare. Then I planned the black borders and cut some black piping for the neck seam too.
The buttons came from John Lewis in Oxford Street. The buttonholes are bound in black, and yes, working out how to make the top buttonhole work with all those layers of collar folds was a pain. In the end it has a bound buttonhole on the top layer, and the underneath layers are turned in and hand stitched to the back of it. I tried it first with a worked buttonhole on the under layers, but that didn’t function.
This coat took what seemed forever. Making coats is like childbirth. When its over and you see the result, you forget the time it takes and the pain, or you’d never do it more than once. I didn’t get to shop for black jersey, but did run up this and matching trousers for my hostess who was invited to an Indian soirée.
The fabric came with a brocaded section and a plain section, the making was quick but working out the placement wasn’t.