Happy Sunday, and happy fall! So far here in Boston, the summer has extended its tentacles well into October, but last night the weather changed and now it's cold. Which is okay by me, since I've been on a coat kick for the last two months. When I visited my favorite wholesaler earlier this month, he presented me a gift of some stunning plaid mohair coating, saying, "Next time you come down, wear something you make with this." How sweet was that! So of course, I had to make something beautiful to wear when I go down again next week.
I dug through my pattern stash to see what coat patterns I have that would do justice to this Gorgeous Fabric. Unfortunately, I only had 2 1/2 yards, and the plaid is big, so I had to be thoughtful about placement and fabric usage. I came across New Look 6586, a coat, jacket and cape pattern that is, alas, out of print. It is available on Etsy and Ebay, however.
The Pattern/The Changes
The original pattern is for an unlined, princess seam, double breasted coat, jacket or cape, with cut-on sleeves, epaulettes, varying sleeve lengths, button closure, and back belt.
Given the paucity of fabric, double breasted anything is problematic. But where there's a will, there's a way. I started with view B, the jacket length. I converted it to a single-breasted style with a mandarin collar. I added a CF zip, and I lengthened the sleeves using the bias-cut bands from the coat, View A. TBH, the sleeves in view B are WAY too short - bracelet length. That just does not work in New England winters. I didn't bother with the sleeve tabs or the epaulettes. The resulting sleeve length was perfect, and I rather like the bias contrast in the plaid.
A Message From the Pressinatrix
Ah, my dearest minions, I hope you are wearing your (perfectly pressed, of course) masks, distancing in a most social manner, and remembering to wash your hands between pressings. Now, I must tell you about the most wonderful tool that my
lesser self alter ego recently procured for my arsenal: a mohair velvet pressing cloth. This came from The Pressinatrix's dear friend, Kenneth D. King.