V8548 Toile

For anyone who claims that sewing blogs are exercises in self-indulgent narcissism, I’d direct them towards this photo. How uncomfortable do I look? There’s nothing flattering about a toile – that’s kind of the point. There’s nowhere for fitting issues to hide.

So this is my toile of the V8548 coat. I think it’s looking okay! I’m wearing a jumper and jeans beneath it, to ensure that the fit works over layers. The pattern only calls for two buttons. Um, no. This is a winter coat! I’ve added four. (Don’t worry, it won’t be these green buttons.) My button holes reached new heights of excellence on this toile:

The pattern also doesn’t feature pockets. Are they crazy? Where am I meant to stuff my fists, or keep my snotty tissues? I’ll be addressing that issue.

A few of you commented on the funnel neckline of this coat and questioned its practicality. I think it does tread a fine line between dramatic and impractical. I adjusted the shape slightly when I was cutting out:

Can you see where I’ve pared away that quite acute curve? It’s difficult to know how much difference this has made, but hopefully things are slightly less extreme. Does it look okay to you? Others among you pointed out that this collar is begging to be stuffed with a snood or scarf. Yes, my thinking exactly!

So I think we’re good to go. I’m off to MacCulloch & Wallis today to check out lining fabrics, interlining and that high visibility twill. I should be going to zumba as well, but… Hmmmm. I’ve lost my gym mojo! If you find it, can you send it back to me?

Finally, I promised you the story of my little pottery sausage dog. I bought him several years ago during a holiday in France with my sisters. The two of them have teased me mercilessly about this dog ever since. You paid good money for that? A child could have done a better job! It was being sold by the local potter who made some very pretty dishes, but a corner of his shop was devoted to little makes using up scraps of clay.

I fell in love with this dog! I love his clumsy, mismatched ears, his proud little tail, the sweetheart nose and wonky eyes. He’s my mascot to all that’s good about making. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be.

So when I went back to Ray Stitch with Handmade Jane and saw some dog buttons along with the cat buttons (my friend had given me strict instructions to buy three more cat buttons for her), well, really… I just HAD to.

Woof! Woof!

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23 Responses to V8548 Toile

  1. Suzy says:

    That toile looks fantastic, even though I agree with you. Toiles can look so boring and frumpy and one has to look beyond it. The fit looks perfect as far as I can tell so can’t wait to see it done in the real fabric. I also finished a toile for my winter dress and will post on my blog later (it’s a toile day me thinks). I’m not sure about the fitting on mine though.
    Have fun in MacCullochs 🙂 xx

  2. prttynpnk says:

    Personally, I love the line between dramatic and impractical- I love the neckline on you and can’t wait to see more. No pockets- what if you lose your mitten clips??

  3. Michelle says:

    I think, even as a toile, it’s showing that it’s going to be a smashing make.

    Please tell me you’re going to put those buttons on said real coat. they are so damn cool!

  4. Felicity from Down Under says:

    I like the buttons. What’s wrong with them? And I love the look of the coat. It n eeds pockets, though, you’re quite right. I am most impressed by the purple buttonholes. Regular works of art, they are!

  5. Roobeedoo says:

    That coat is looking fabulous! Plenty of room for your snood inside the neck too – very important!
    Do you mark your buttonholes before you sew? I find that helps.

  6. Dibs says:

    The toile looks good, but why am I having a panic attack just thinking of the possible damage a trip to MacCulloch and Wallis will do to your bank account?

  7. Leah Sparks says:

    That little dog is the cutest thing ever! and your crochet squares are looking good!
    The coat looks great too, I can’t wait to see the proper one.
    I had to do freehand button holes on a skirt a while ago (without the buttonhole foot) they looked quite similar to your ones… I should probably go back and resew them over the holidays.


  8. I can’t live without pockets – I add them to EVERYTHING I make. But other than the lack of them, this toile looks brilliant.

  9. shivani says:

    that toile looks great – looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous coat!

    and I LOVE that pottery daschund – I am so bonkers for dogs that I’d have bought it too! (how did I not see those fab buttons at RayStitch?! too cute) x

  10. Debi says:

    Toile looks FANTASTIC! I’m with prttynpnk–I love the line between dramatic and impractical 🙂 And your little dog pottery piece is SO CUTE! Just love the matching button!! too bad they don’t have little dog lining fabric–you could line your pockets with that !

  11. Looks like a stylish pattern, suits you. Most impressed by matching buttonholes, nail varnish and granny squares. Or , maybe like me, you’ve a purple thing going on this year?

  12. Sheryl says:

    I think you look truly stunning in your toile, Can’t wait to see this coat in its finished splendor!
    BTW does said sausage dog have a name? He is as cute as a button (literally) sorry I can’t resist bad puns 🙂

  13. gingermakes says:

    Weenie dogs! I love them! I’m so glad you found that little guy!

  14. gingermakes says:

    Oh yeah, and the coat is looking really fab! The funnel neck is super cool and totally wearable– love it!

  15. I think the neckline is quite flattering on you.

  16. flyingchange says:

    Love the dog! I have a few pieces like that, too, I love pottery but can’t justify the prices of the nice stuff. Plus, the lopsided ones have PERSONALITY. 🙂

  17. Paola says:

    I love my dachshund Dash, and I love your little dachsie and those lovely buttons.

  18. stitchywitch says:

    I think the toile looks good. I love that neckline! I’ve been thinking of making a coat, but I keep getting distracted!

  19. Jane says:

    Toile is looking great Karen, even in unforgiving calico, so it will look absolutely stunning in the blue wool you got in New York. That tiny pottery sausage dog is the cutest lump-of-clay-leftover-make I’ve ever seen. Ever. x

  20. Alessa says:

    I really like the neckline! Should look great with a thick scarf or snood, I’m sure! I also really like the teal buttons – they would be fun with purple contrast button holes! 😉

  21. oonaballoona says:

    apparentl I’m hauling my enviable ass to the gym early tomorrow morning for post thanksgiving yoga. if you go, it’ll be like we’re working out together.

    your sausage dog is the BEST. and a nice compliment to le toile. (you do not look like a sausage. just white.)

  22. Sophia says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  23. Marie says:

    I’m really excited about seeing this finished Karen, your toile looks absolutely spot on!!! And I agree with those who said the neckline is crying out for a snood or chunky scarf ;o)

    Your little ceramic dog is adorable by the way! Does he have a name?

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