Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Sandalwood Coat

Even though I finished Amy Butler's Sandalwood jacket a couple of weeks ago I am just now getting around to sharing it with everyone.

After making Favorite Things, Uptown Coat (which made me look pregnant), I decided to stick with a style coat that would flatter my figure instead of work against it.  
I chose the Sandalwood jacket because it's long and A-lined (which works well with all shapes).  The jacket is a lined jacket, but because I intend to wear it into the winter I lined it with batting - which bulked it up a bit and caused me to make it the next size larger. 

For the fabric I used decorator weight fabric by Alexander Henry and cotton weight fabric for the lining.   The coat is striking and I've gotten lots of compliments on it.  What I don't really care for is the collar; when the coat is open the top (points) of the collar poke up into my face.  There is no good picture of the front of the jacket on the pattern so I really didn't give it much thought.  I thought about adding buttons down the front of the coat in order to keep the points of the collar down,but I think by doing that it will throw off the way the coat laps in front.  For now I intend to wear a heavy scarf to keep the points down and out of my face.
If I were to make this jacket again (and I'm thinking I will make one from the laminate fabric this spring), I'll round the collar a bit and maybe add a hood.  I'll also add belt loops and shorten the belt itself.  (which seems to be abnormally long). 

*p.s., the skirt is the Barcelona Skirt also by Amy Butler. (one of my favorite)

1 comment:

  1. Oh I adore a boldly graphic coat! The red lining was a great choice too! I love that you can change scarf color depending on your moods- any bright would be spectacular against your fashion fabric.

    It would be so easy to draft a hood for that neckline, it would be extra cute if you made it red with a fleece lining or something too.