This coat took about 6 weeks to make, although I originally started planning for it sometime in March. I also took tailoring classes to figure things out, and then I prepared all summer. The pictures I have of this are a bit hit and miss, but I have some good angles all around, so I think that will be good enough.
The fabric is this metallic silk brocade, and I have enough of it for another coat and a dress I think. I might have gone a bit overboard on that one. The pattern is Burda 08/2012 #101A, and it was pretty easy to work with. I deliberately wanted an oversized coat (it's almost cocoon-looking on me when closed), which is more of a fashion accessory than anything else. I think what I came up with pretty much fits the bill.
Construction went easily, except I am kicking myself over messing up the collar. If you click through the pattern link above you'll see this coat actually has a proper collar and lapels - which I even practiced making with Beth. While making the real thing though, I completely missed the fact that there was ANOTHER WHOLE SECTION of the seam to stitch and ended up with this:
It's not so bad in the sense that as far as I can tell no one realizes it's not what it should be, but I'm fairly annoyed about this. I guess I'm lucky because it is such an out-of-this-world item, that everything goes. And now I'm also pretty fired up to make something (coat? blazer?) with the same style of collar to prove to myself that I can, in fact, get this done.
Either way, moving on. I was super careful with the placement, as I didn't want it to be very over the top. Here's a front picture:
The two front sides close with snaps, and there are two flowers which seem to leave from the closure. I initially wanted to do bound buttonholes, but I thought it would be a shame to break up the symmetry, and I wasn't really ready to match the actual lines there (I don't even know if this is possible).
I also placed a big full rose on the top of the back, while leaving the rest relatively plain:
You can almost see it when I move, which I think works well. I have one picture on the tailoring dummy:
I think this shows better what I did with regards to placement. I wanted to have a lot of the flowers in the bottom part, and I think this worked relatively well. I lined it with silk charmeuse (lining is gold!), which I sewed in by hand. I covered the big snaps with fabric too, so they're less obvious. Finally, this coat has a lot of tailoring inside - now I know so much more about this than when I started!
What do you think? Despite my big mess up, how did it turn out?