When I bought the fabric for Mark’s coat, I bought some of the same fabric, in black, for me (his is navy blue).
I was very drawn to this Burda pattern when flicking through the books in Knitwit, and had a feeling that I already owned it, so imagine my delight when I discovered this was indeed the case, and bought on sale judging from the price tag.
I really liked the cape style coat, with a simple cuff at the end forming a “sleeve”. I made it one size bigger so that I could fit a lot of clothes under it for our holiday, and boy, can I fit a lot under it!
The actual coat was really simple to make. It did require more fabric than I had, so I made it about 10cm shorter than the pattern required. This turned into a happy accident as I don’t think I could have managed the weight had the coat been any longer. The coat has welt pockets and a nice biggish collar. I had to top stitch each side of the seam allowance to keep it flat, and I interfaced the two fronts to stop them stretching out. The coat is fastened with large press studs. The only lining is on the collar, cuffs and pocket welts.
Archie did tell me that I looked like I was wearing some sort of a blanket; but I rather thought that was the point :). I was quite pleased when a woman accosted me on the subway to tell me that she loved my coat.
This fabric is so thick that it is pretty much impervious to rain. It is really warm and when layered it is really snuggly.
I wore my coat for a breakfast meet up with Hélène, one of my most loyal followers. It was wonderful to meet her, and we talked for at least a couple of hours as though we had been friends forever. Hélène came all the way from Montreal to meet with me – how cool is that? We parted with promises of more visits; we have Canada on our itinerary in the next couple of years.
I’m wearing my red faux-Burberry cowl, an unblogged jumper and unblogged jeans.