Friday, December 13, 2013

Unnecessary complications.

So, now on to Coat #2.

This time around, I'm working with Simplicity 4403, an out-of-print coat pattern that I hunted down on ebay (and paid way too much for it). Initially, I wanted view C, the wrap coat with shawl collar. After wearing the greatness that is my first coat for the past couple of weeks, I decided that I did not want another coat with a tie belt. View A (minus the side tabs) then became the object of my affection.

Simplicity 4403 (oop)

View A seemed a bit plain. It would be even more so in the charcoal gray wool blend twill I bought for it. To take it up a notch, I planned on adding button sleeve tabs, welt pockets from View B, and a back button tab (seen here on this Land's End coat). Oh, and of course, a hood.

That still wasn't enough. I stood in the mirror wearing my muslin and I felt kind of blah about it.

This morning as I perused my blog list, I came across Tilly's version of the Papercut Patterns Watson jacket. I fell so deeply in love with the capelet. Immediately, I showed it to Kris and asked him what he thought. "It looks a bit twee,"  he said.


Buying the Watson pattern crossed my mind, but honestly, I have no desire to tweak a brand new pattern (especially one that costs $35). Thus, I decided to find a way to add a capelet (with hood) to Simplicity 4403. Here's my messy sketch:

This marked my first time using a pencil in 6 months.

When I presented my brilliant idea to Kris (sans sketch), he made a face. "You know that with that cape and the hood on your coat, you'd look like a Christmas tree." Apparently, he thought I planned on adding the capelet to my green coat. I told him no, that it would be the gray one. "Oh, that's okay then."


Now, all I have to do is figure out how to draft a cape. But that's a story for another time.

1 comment:

  1. Intriguing! Sounds like you've already figured it out? I'm interested to know more!


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