I have been thinking/planning my 6PAC. My colors are pretty firm, now its a matter of picking patterns, sewing methods and my favorite embellishments. My mind has generated images of 2 garments, today I’m going to write about the coat. I have a lovely crepe fabric that is a wool polyester, although it is more accurate to say polyester/wool since the wool is low content. However it is a spongy, pebbly fabric that’s a delight to the eye and hand
I think this picture slightly distorts the look of the weave, it is a crepe and the threads are much finer than seen in the photo, but the color is accurate, on my monitor at least, and looks good with all the other fabrics I chose and displayed earlier in the grey/truffle/rose pink colorway. I knew I wanted to make it into a coat, the question was which one. As I perused my collection of patterns and inspirations photos, I came across an old back page from Threads which featured a show stopping “opera coat”; and in my pattern collection was Vogue 1023 which looks similar to the Threads coat. I would need to eliminate the collar, change the front lapels and eliminate the cuffs.
Now if I make an “opera coat” it will never get worn. I need coats I can wear. My current coats are beginning to show wear. This time next year they will be ratty. So I decided on the dark purple and using machine embroidery and maybe some beads in Truffle and dark purple. This, I thought, would create a tastefully embellished coat that could be worn everywhere I go (Pamida, Super Dooper, Walmart etc, yeah I live an amazingly high styled life- NOT!).
Next began the search for the right embroidery design. As I’ve stated before I’ve been collecting embroidery designs for nearly 20 years. I have an embarrassingly large collection. It takes hours to peruse and I copy and paste “potentials” into a working directory. That way I don’t have to go back through the 80,000+ designs; also I have a copy in a subdirectory where I can manipulate them as I wish without destroying the original. I found a terrific feather
It would be unique and yet still keep the flavor of the Threads coat. There’s plenty of opprotunity to make it mine; colors would be changed and could be all one color; add jewels or beads at the end of the swirls or in place of the candlewicking; or add beads within the feathers. See that’s just what I thought of in 3 seconds. It’s a good design. Would be easy to position multiple times or break into sections and use just a section someplace else. Ah yes very good design. Excellent choice, but my heart belongs to:
Heaven help me, but I can see lots of potential for this one too. It’s easily split in several places, stitches out like a dream; beads or jewels could be incorporated in multiple places; and if I’m splitting anyway there is possibility for changing colors.
But, sigh, it doesn’t really retain the flavor of the original garment. With this design I have gone from the show-stopping emerald and black to dark purple and truffle (a very big change); moved to embroidery with beading or jewels instead of all beading and sequins and the lovely feather design would be abandoned for a botanical. It hardly looks or feels like the original garment. What to do?
What do I do? Ah right now I’ve steamed the fabric and cut out my tissue. I measured strategic places so that I’m sure it won’t be to small (normally I’m a large I chose a medium for this pattern). I’m ready to cut and do some stay stitching. And then I think…… I think….. I think… I’ll flip a coin.