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.