It's a bit of an experiment really. I just wanted to make a fun shaped coat with loads of room for winter clothes and a generally comfortable cover up. The fabric is a cotton poplin with a coated reverse side for some water resistance (totally untested in the rain as yet).
I started pinning loads of images on a pinterest board for a new coat for myself and below are all the shapes I was naturally drawn to. I guess coming from a textile background I favour volume of fabric over closeness of silhouette to show off all those gorgeous fabrics.
My coat is actually quite restrained in the amount of volume compared with some of the above examples I think, even though it felt really massive after I first made it. I have been wearing it out and about since I made it last week and I love it.
There are some tweaks to make, like the pockets need to be moved a bit further out towards the side seam and the back overlap needs to overlap just a little bit less, but I'm really happy with this make and know I'll get a tonne of wear out of it. Style wise I think it's so much fun and is a little surprise when you spread out your arms. I would probably label this as more of a cape than coat, but one with sleeves!
There are a few things to note with a style such as this, like you have to choose your handbag wisely! A tote bag will not go on your shoulder, buuuut there are nice big pockets so you could just make use of them instead. Also, the range of movement in the arms is brilliant and there is no restriction what so ever, but if you raise your arms then the whole coat kind of raises like this. I don't see this being a particular issue, but it's something to mention!
I really want to explore this shape a bit further and make a cardigan version from some luscious wool knit I have. Just waiting on the wool binding for it!
I'm not sure what the general consensus from the sewing world would be on this kind of concept, so I'm not going to make it into a saleable pattern, but I am going to tidy up the pattern pieces and make them available for free in the next month or so, probably with minimal instructions though.
Anyway, what do you think? Do you think this looks interesting or scary?
Last thing I want to add on is my new pyjamas! I've already shown you the velvet jacket, but here's my two new sets which are currently making me very happy. Baggy and comfy and don't warrant a whole post, but I'm popping them on here anyway :-)
The blue batwing top is a thin, but stable loop back jersey from the cloth house and the bright print bottoms a Liberty cord off ebay. The cord is so soft, but so thin! Perfect for PJ's. The striped Lark is made from a thick-ish cotton jersey and the Navy bottoms a double faced brushed cotton (it's black on the reverse). I have up until now been surviving with very few options, which kind of makes no sense seeing's as I get changed out of my day clothes at about 6 o'clock every day! Below are links to the patterns I used ;-)
Named Blair batwing, Tilly and the Buttons Margot pyjama bottoms and Grainline Lark tee.