Monday, 4 June 2012
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter!
I have a strange attraction to things that are possibly so ugly I think they're amazing! I have a pair of embroidered shoes that definitely fit this category and I have a feeling this coat is one of those things, but no one is game to tell me. The making of this coat was a 'meant to be' moment.
A friend of mine gave me some old woollen blankets and there was something about the pumpkin and teal combo that I was drawn to. That same week, I went to the library and found a stack of old Burdastyle magazines in the freebie pile. I snapped them up quick smart! I remember borrowing the magazine ages ago and thinking that the coat looked so nice and comfy. When I saw it again, I knew I had to give it a go.
The pattern is from Burdastyle 11/2010 and is meant to be made from Loden, but I thought that a nice old blanket would work just as well. The original is very over-sized and since I'm not as much of a coat hanger as the model I made mine smaller by cutting the smallest size and omitting the seam allowance. I also shorted the sleeves by about 5cm (2") as they look crazy long in the original picture. I also think it could do with some waist shaping, so I might play with it a little bit more. I want to add a button too. It has in-seam pockets, which I almost didn't put on, but hubby said I should and I'm glad he did because my hands are always in them.
Hubby was great and helped me lay out the pattern pieces so that I could match up the blanket pattern symmetrically and try to stick to just one blanket. I was given two of these, so there's still a possibility for more experimenting. Anyone else thinking matching pants? ;)