I finished Delia's coat this week. I love this pattern so much. It might be my most favorite sewing pattern of all time. I have made this 3 times now, last year for Sadie (who can wear hers again this year) and before that, for Delia. The variations on the collar and gathering on the side and back make this so fun to sew. It's Simplicity 2534.
I lined this one in a heavy cotton. The outer fabric is a wide wale corduroy. The winters here are really mild, so this will be plenty warm. There was much discussion about the lining material. She likes to put on coats fast—shooting her arm in, and the cotton creates a drag. But, I didn't think a slippery lining material was going to be warm enough, and I didn't want a quilted lining fabric because that would get too bulky with this pattern. So we decided on the cotton. Mostly because that's what I had on hand. She has to slow down her coat dressing anyway with the buttons. I am betting I will have to secure them often. She dresses with speed and stealth—like superman in a phone booth. Action fast!
I didn't realize how much makeup she had put on until we got outside.
Unrelated, I listened with a HUGE smile on my face to this interview with T-bone Burnett over on NPR about the 10th anniversary of the O' Brother, Where Art Thou? movie and soundtrack. Both of which were such a big deal in my life when they came out. And still are. There's a new release of the original soundtrack with a whole new disk of songs. This version of "I'll Fly Away" is killing me—I think I've played it 10 times in a row.