Wednesday, September 19, 2012

coat planning

Everything is here and I can get started.  Look at the beautiful fabric that came:
I've been looking for the right herringbone for years, to replace a much loved coat that wore out.
This pattern wants to become a coat for me.me.me.
The pattern alterations have been done since January 2011
I'd say this pattern has waited long enough.
My concern is the length. Is it just too much?  I love the fabric so much I don't want to sew something that is impractical and seldom worn.  I mean, look at this ... or am I over-thinking?
That's a lot of herringbone.  Too much?
I could cut B4727 to be shorter - say, above the knee?

Or should I go with something fitted, like this double breasted V7979:

I am so ready to kick this cold and recover some energy.  It's very unusual for me to lack energy for sewing, but right now, that is the situation.  Soon.  I'll feel better soon.

Do you have opinions?  Suggestions?  I am open ....

update: here is my choice (thanks for all the suggestions!)

37 comments:

  1. I don't think long herringbone coat is too much. Was the coat you loved long or short? I'd sew whichever I'd use the most.

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  2. Please, please, please make the vintage Butterick coat. Big coats are in this year and you will love wearing the fuller coat!

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  3. That fabric is delicious! And it looks so lovely draped across you. I love the idea of Butterick 4627, but personally I would be going for Vogue 7979, but only because I love the look of a cinched in waist on my coats. Don't let that discourage you though - 4627 could make a lovely swing style coat in a shorter length. On the fence? Me? Never!

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  4. OK, I am going to say just the opposite. I think the Butterick pattern is too boxy and dated looking. You're a very contemporary woman and I think that coat doesn't fit your style. Vogue version B is both classic and modern looking; that would be my choice. The fabric is beautiful.

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    1. I meant the opposite of Carolyn, of course.

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  5. Oh, I just love the vintage Butterick... it looks like it will flow beautifully in that wonderful herringbone. I also like it long... but not so long you will be stepping on it when using stairs!

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  6. I love the butterick pattern. Just don't use any interlining (extra layer between the wool and the lining) and you should be plenty warm down your way. You're tall enough to carry off that extra length.

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  7. Big coats are in but not with the big shoulder pads of the vintage coat. I'm not especially fond of the peacoat either. I think you should keep looking. I do love the fabric.

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  8. V1321.. :) and just a lil below knee!

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  10. When I fist saw the herringbone, I wondered if you would be making V1320, the new Miyake. I just love that coat, and it would look stunning in this beautiful fabric. But perhaps that's not your style. I think both of the patterns you show look dated. I know the first is vintage, but I think all of that fabric and those shoulders could be overwhelming. And the double breasted coat looks, well, just old.
    I was recently bemoaning the fact that there aren't many coat patterns out there, at least in the big 4. More of us are making coats; we need more patterns to choose from!

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  11. I, too, am torn between the two. I love a cinched, defined waist, but I think the vintage Butterick would look great if cut shorter. The loose, long coat may be too much of one look.

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  12. You know, it might depend on what your daily "work wear" is. I worked for years at a school (teacher) where business wear was it. I wore dress pants and skirts most of the time. So my ankle length wool coat (which I love) got worn almost every day. I'm now working at an alternative high school (love it)and wear jeans most days. So my knee length winter coat is what I wear the most often now. Both patterns are great and I don't think the long coat is too much herringbone. Think of the great accessories you could add - Red hat, scarf and gloves would look really sharp! Of course that's assuming you wear those things. Outside supervision is still sometimes my reality, so I ALWAYS have a hat in winter!
    Good luck, can't wait to see your process.

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  13. I LOVE the Butterick, and vote for that one. I have a similar coat that my mother made in the 50's, and it is so elegant and classic--I still love to wear it. The back swing, and the satin lining makes me feel like a star. And look at the opportunity to use some great buttons!

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  14. I'm for the Vogue, big coats may be in this year, but I can this coat being a staple in your wardrobe for many years so the classic style of the Vogue is perfect and agree not the peacoat but just below the knee.

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  15. The fabric is beautiful - and if I had that, I'd want to wear it a long time! Having said that - I like the idea of the Butterick loosely fitted coat, but agree with others that it looks a tad dated. Plus, you're so slender I think the big shoulders and boxy shape might be a little overwhelming.

    What about something like the new Vogue 1320? It has some fun detailing, and is a new shape - but still has fairly classic looks. This link has some fun coat patterns that might be of interest: http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/editors-pick-our-top-coat-patterns. Fun to look through, anyway.

    Of course, you could always do Style Arc's Stella coat - it's amazing and has the option of being a 'big coat' or being worn with a belt. Check it out.

    Good luck! I'm sure whatever you decide on will be lovely. If you're strictly choosing between the two patterns you showed, I'd have to vote Vogue. It's a classic - long or shorter!

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  16. My vote is the vogue, and I agree with Peter, view B would be an excellent choice for the fabric and you'd still have the length and "bigness". Ultimately, when I make a coat I want it to be classic and not just whim of the "in" fashions of the moment. You're going to spend a lot of time working on it and you'll want to make sure you won't feel dated wearing it next season.

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  17. I wish you better soon! It is horrible to feel lousy and run down, especially with summer ending.
    I love the look of the second coat, very tailored and chic. Out of print , I assume?
    But, I must admit that I owned a full long coat, similar to the first pattern. It was tan cashmere, and I wore it to death for 15 years. Comfortable, never in or out of style and went with everything.
    It's a tough choice.

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  18. I don't think it will be too much herringbone, it's a small enough scale that it would work I think. that said, my personal preference would be for the more fitted Vogue pattern, I really like all the versions on that but would go for View E, the long single breasted style. But that's just the sort of silhouette I like to wear, I think you should make what you will most love to wear. Or just keep wrapping the fabric round yourself like a giant cape and call it a day!

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  19. I vote for the Vintage coat. I think you can pull it off.As far as the length, IMO that is more a matter of your climate. That long length would be perfect for up here. If it get's cold where you are Robin, then this is the coat.

    Like you, I am on the coat sewing track as well, also wanting something with maybe a retro vibe and definitely some volumn. I am considering Vogue 1212 from Sandra Betzina and also Indygo Junction's Midtown Trench but making it v. long. You might want to check them out.

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  20. Too much herringbone? I don't think so. As for which style to choose - I love them both so I would say whichever one you will you get more wear out of is the best choice here.

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  21. Herringbone is stunning but must be disciplined. :)

    Vogue View D. Less lines, tapered, classy and herringbone will be well behaved and compliment your fit.

    It will be lovely.

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  22. My vote is for Vogue View A I think its a great length, especially if you drive more than you walk. Get well soon

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  23. I like the Vogue View D, it has lovely lines and I think would remain a wardrobe staple for many years. I like a lot of vintage coats but that one appears a bit shapeless - looks a bit Ethel Mertz? and not really your style. The herringbone is fantastic, I have a similar herringbone coat I made from a Vogue pattern ages ago and I still love it, a classic double breasted style.

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    1. Also - whenever you have 2nd thoughts about a pattern for something substantial (like a coat) I say listen to your inner voice. Something is telling you the vintage coat pattern may not be right for this project.

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  24. you've probably already decided, but i don't think it's too much at ALL. and that drape is gorgeous!

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  25. I personnally love the Butterick, but can see others point about the big shoulders and boxiness. I think it would be too much in the herring bone, maybe better in a solid color. The Vogue is missing something and I don't know what.It just doesn't do it for me. I'm thinking you should keep looking. I have been wanting to make a coat for about a year and have not come up with fabric and pattern that I want to commit to. At least you have the fabric. I hope you feel better soon.

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  26. I vote for the classic Vogue patterns. I think it will be fabulous in the herringbone. Two great classics.
    Hope you're feeling better.

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  27. Beautiful, beautiful fabric. You will enjoy sewing it.

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  28. Oh beautiful! I'm lost for words (and insanely jealous). The Butterick is a super style - collars on the Vogue are a little too big I think but Butterick is timeless.

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  29. I think the Butterick is too boxy, but then I am always drawn to a more fitted look. I really like the Vogue pea coat pattern, and I really like the herringbone fabric, but I am not sure I'd use the two together. There. No help at all. :)

    Hope you get to feeling better ASAP!!!

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  30. Okay, since you asked I'm casting my vote for the Vogue pattern. You have a great figure and I hate to see it lost in all that fabric. I think either pattern would look great in the herringbone though. If you go with the Butterick, shorter might be a more youthful age appropriate look for you. I know that whatever you choose you will style it to be just right!

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  31. Definitely the Vogue V7979 -- sleek, youthful, modern and classic. If I lived in a colder climate, I would sew a coat very similar to this pattern.

    The Butterick pattern is too voluminous and too 50's vintage, especially when paired with your boldly boldly patterned fabric. If you do go with V7979, think carefully about how you want to orient the herringbone on the collar and lapels. In other words, test it out before you cut. You might even consider doing the collar and the lapel in a solid black fabric of a similar weight. nancy2001

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  32. Your last coat.... how long was it? Pin the fabric to a length your thinking of... honestly... do more draping... what will break it up... pockets, buttons...piping, seams... all these things break up the material a bit. Go for it... All that fabric looks a bit much in your pic's... but it won't be all that "heavy" looking because it will have clean lines. Good Luck!

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  33. I think the vintage pattern will be more flattering to your figure.

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  34. You're right the fabric is beautiful and I'm sure your coat will be too.

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  35. I love the fabric, can't wait to see the coat.

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