Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Lady Grey. The Jacaranda Coat Version
On one level, I am very pleased with this coat. It is my trial version, after 2 whole toiles, and 4 collar and sleeve toiles, of the Lady Grey Coat. It is not a bad fit. I was inspired to make a purple version by the Jacarandas, a linen version by Sham's fabulous artistic linen denim coat (Linen can work as a coat, an A- Ha moment), and a long version by Tanits-Isis' long and glamorous coat (although I should have considered that the long and glamorous figure that enhanced this coat was not something I could replicate). I am very pleased with the photographs of the coat with the Jacarandas.
I love the buttons and the colour.
On another level, I am very unhappy with this coat. I even have fabric use remorse. I love this linen (Michael's Fabrics), which has been imagined as dozens of different, fabulous outfits during its sojourn in my stash, and there are only scraps left. I am not going to detail my dis-satisfactions, which are, objectively, minor. Robin wrote in this post that sewing is the perfect hobby for a perfectionist. I was trying to remember a perfect sewn project of my own, and could not. I think the curse of perfectionism may be the root cause of sew-itis. It probably also makes you work towards becoming better at sewing.
My next coat will be better.
I will probably not wear this coat often. I frequently need to sternly remind myself that many of the sewing blogs I read originate from temperate or dreadfully cold climates. This coat is a lot warmer than I expected, despite being made from linen and lined with poly-cotton batiste.
My thoughts of wearing it as a spring or autumn coat-dress are impractical. I did not use tailoring techniques, other than applying stay tape to the roll line. It looks fine without using tailoring IMO, although I think it would look more expensive had I used piping in the collar and facing seams rather than topstitching. I was hoping to wear it occasionally before I make my velvet coat, to check wearability issues, but I don't think this will happen before next winter. Maybe it will grow on me. It is just that the coat in my head was so much better than the one that is now in my wardrobe.
I need to make something easy!