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Although not strictly ‘outfits’ I am dedicating this week to coats and jackets. All handmade – I do have rather a lot of jackets and coats in my wardrobe. Well I think I do, how many do ‘normal’ people have?? I have rather more than the 9 I am showing you today.
Whilst it might appear otherwise I do get A LOT of wear out of my jeans. A couple of years ago I was feeling a bit dissatisfied with my dress style/sense. I felt both my sisters were really sure of their ‘look’ but in a job where there is a lot of crawling around on the floor and changing nappies the reality was jeans was pretty much where it was at.
Then I decided on the coat and jacket plan – have a wardrobe with fun coats and jackets and whenever you go out you can still be stylish without abandoning the mama-practical needs.
My denim ‘spinning coat’. I made this 3 years ago from a Vogue pattern. The denim was 99cents a metre which was good because I needed something crazy like 5-7m. The lining was about $2 a metre. I adore the shape of this coat, I love the wide collar and the hidden pockets. I think I could do with another one in pea green!
My original blanket coat. This idea is totally my own (because I cannot think of anywhere I got the inspiration from). It is made from 2 blankets I bought in an op-shop and some old woollen jerseys also from op-shops, which I used for the applique. Then I just had fun with my embroidery thread. It is SO warm to wear and it is definitely one of a kind. I used a simplicity pattern which I changed around a bit.
Furnishing Fabric coat – using the same pattern as above I made this from a piece of fabric remnant I bought from Fabric House (in chch) a couple of years ago. I think the remnant cost about $50 which is HEAPS for me to spend on fabric. The idea for doing the black piping along the collar and front edge came from my step-dad (he’s pretty styly like that). I love the buttons I used as well. I get so many comments every time I wear this coat and they aren’t ‘hey that’s the same fabric as my couch’!! This is probably my most expensive coat I think I worked out by the time I bought the buttons, piping, lining and fabric it came to $70 but cost-per-wear good investment I think.
Blanket Coat 2 – I made this for the blossom festival in Alexandra in 2009. It is made from hand-dyed recycled woollen blankets and features cut-away applique and normal applique from old felted jerseys. The rest of the foliage is made by needle felting as are the buttons. The coat itself was supposed to be an exploration of the durability of wool and the imagery of the kaka-beak flower (a NZ native close to extinction in the wild) which is a herald of spring. I get so much wear out of this coat. It is my default coat because I feel like it works with everything.
The Airhostess – I made this outfit totally from a box of fabric and bits that was anonymously donated to Kyleigh and I when we were doing the 100 challenges. It had a pattern and both the fabrics in the box. I wear this jacket when I want to channel my inner air-hostess. I love the colour and the shape and the way the fabrics work together. I did buy the buttons which I adore.
The bolero – for a birthday 3 years ago my mama and sister bought me some Trelise Cooper fabric and I made this. I was taking a wedding and needed something ‘grown up’ for being the celebrant in. I had only just given birth to Bounce (he was 3 months old). For me this is definitely a dressing-up option. I like it but it’s a bit too roomy now (as you would expect now that I don’t have a 3month old!). The fabric and the design are sweet but it definitely doesn’t get as much wear as others in my wardrobe.
The mod – when I was teaching in the UK the parents one year gave me vouchers for John Lewis and I bought the pattern and fabric to make this coat. It’s a bit candy floss and I found the ‘matching’ shoes for £5 in a random shoe shop on a trip somewhere. This coat is a bit puffy (it would have sat better if I lined it) and I don’t wear it often… should I keep it for 60s inspired feminine days or should I pay-it forward??
Rock Chick/ Riding Chick – I really like the pattern I used for this jacket (well I probably didn’t like making it because it has lots of tricky bits!) the fabric is an off-cast from a project of my sisters. I feel like this is a very specific design so I can only wear it one way which does make it less worn. It’s another one that is a bit big now. I don’t know if it’s really me … feedback welcome.
Silk Barbie – every now and again I dress in my corporate-barbie style – it’s more prim than naughty librarian but not as conservative as totally corporate. This is another vogue pattern (expensive but they make their patterns well). I made it from a piece of 100% Korean silk that my sister gave me when she was living there. I love the wee flounce at the back and the oriental style of the fabric. I like this jacket for daytime events that are a bit pretty and dressy-up. It really crinkles when you wash it so you definitely have to iron but luckily I don’t wash much.
So there you have it 9 jackets and coats I have made – there are others handmade and op-shopped that might just get a look-in at a later point. I can also think of one jacket I own that I bought brand new but only from Primark in the UK so it was CHEAP. I do like jackets and coats.
If you want pattern number for any of these coats/jackets let me know and I’ll add them into a comment below.
And…how many coats/jackets do you think is about ‘normal’?