Project: Ms Marple Coat
Pattern: Ottobre Woman, 2/2008 #15
Fabric: Yarn-dyed cotton
In the interest of producing more interesting photos, I took the tripod outdoors in the gloom a while ago. I don’t think they’re any more interesting, and they don’t show the details of the garments to any great advantage. I’m sure that’s due to my deficiency of photography skills and photogenic qualities… Other people certainly produce nice photos outdoors.
In any case, the coat turned out great and I love it!
In this photo, you can see the beginnings of a look of horror as I observe a squirrel attempting to enter our attic where he will promptly keel over dead and stink up my sewing room. I believe you can also make out the tiny bust dart I added–it’s only 1/2″ and I may have been able to ease it in. Since I am shaped like a Christmas package, however, I generally need for the excess to be folded out.
OK. Perhaps I should explain that Christmas package remark in relation to the added bust dart. I am not busty. I am built like a hot dog. Where most people are wide from side to side, I am narrow. My circumferences are about the same as everyone else, but I am thicker front to back. In most places it’s termed “cylindrical torso”. The dart helps the fabric conform to my shape and has to be folded like paper around a box.
In the next outdoor photo, you can observe the exhilarating lining, which brings sunshine to a cloudy day. (Sorry. I get sillier as the day wears on. Makes you wonder why the Mr hasn’t learned to say “Hush!”) I bagged it following the instructions in Jackets for Real People.
Back indoors, I snapped a close-up of the plain buttons that came from JoAnn’s yesterday:
My buttonholer naturally hit a snafu on the second from the top and refused to make the last two. I had to turn the machine OFF and re-memorize the buttonhole to get it going again. I think the Bernina needs to go see the tech in Atlanta.
The coat is somewhat drop-shouldered, and has deep armholes so it fits well over sweaters and such. It also has a very wide collar and a big neck opening. You can see that in the Ottobre photos, too. That makes it nice to wear with a scarf. There is a shaped center back seam and topstitching along most seams.
I’m not crazy about the cuffs, but the color made the coat seem a little drab. I felt it needed details to keep it a tiny bit more interesting. One day I’ll lengthen the sleeves a bit try it without those.
Louise Cutting’s Plain & Simple Coat, seen while lurking at Stitcher’s Guild inspired me to make this coat. Fortunately I remembered seeing this somewhat-similar coat in Ottobre and didn’t have to shell out money for another pattern. There is one review of the Ottobre coat at PatternReview, but you can’t tell much about it and the blog link is broken. I managed to locate the blog entry, in case you want to see that…
That coat makes me want another of these in green!