I haven't been doing much sewing these past few weeks sadly. I have been working some crazy hours, like 60+ hours a week. Quite frankly, I get home and just want to veg out on the couch and watch a show or two then go to bed. That is pretty much all I have energy for. Hopefully it is almost over and I can get back to regular sewing. I have quite a few garments I am wanting to add to my winter wardrobe too.
I have been trying to find time to make myself a new coat though. I started it a little over week ago. I really needed another fall coat as the one I made previously only has 3/4 length sleeves and it gets chilly here in Indiana. I decided to try OOP Butterick 5145 view A. I really like the clean lines of this pattern. It is definitely a pattern that calls for a fun fabric. I picked a black and gray herringbone with gold threads from my stash. For the lining I picked another stash fabric, a red shimmery woven cotton.
I did underline all of my shell pieces with muslin to add a little more weight and structure to the fabric. I chose muslin over flannel because I want this to be a fall coat, so I did not want to add as much warmth as the flannel would add.
This is the right side of the collar. I accidentally sewed it in backwards with the wrong side up. The wrong side is two pieces on the bias.
I actually prefer the wrong side because the bias pieces match up perfectly at the center creating an interesting detail.
I am not sure if I am sold on this coat just yet though. Looking at the picture of me in it I think I could have used to go down a size. It looks very loose in the waist area. I am hoping that is just because it has no buttons and maybe I had it pinned closed at the wrong spot. We'll see. I still have the lining to sew together and attach to the shell, plus buttons and button holes. I just need to make the time to do it soon as winter has decided to come early this year.