A teeny bit of progress on the coat this week. I cut a pattern, and decided to make a part toile to see if the latest idea about the neckline was going to be a runner or not.
I’ve cut the toile in a short length of a poly suiting bought very cheaply on or just after that brief moment when lurex stripes were being woven indiscriminatingly. As poly suiting goes its quite good fabric, firm enough to give some idea about how the finished piece will hang.
The neckline in question was going to be raised to about mid front, then plain. I also wanted to check if the tiny bit of flare added would be enough. Sewn, the decision is simpler neckline and half an inch more flare or so. I’ll leave generous side turnings to give myself wriggle room if the wool affects the hang. The fit is good.
Progress is slow due to extensive work on the garden. I’ve been too tired in the evenings to machine, which leads me to wonder about starting some hand embroidery for slumped on the sofa hours. The last time I tackled embroidery was post operatively several years ago. This –
That was a make up as you go along design, I’ll aim for a bit more planning next time. There’s a few stash fabrics I could use for base garments, a heavy silk in a very pale apricot colour, a grey velvet and a neutral light fawn shade of a linen type (not pure linen but good). I like the idea of embroidery flowing across or down something, but what? Skirt ? Jacket?