This is the coat I sewed Delia this year. Like previous years, she picked the fabric and the lining. Her personal style in everyday clothes has changed a lot the past 4 years, but her taste in coats has not. She likes them formal and old fashioned. This thrills me. I used the same pattern I have for years, good ol' simplicity 2543 and made this one with even more room than last year's because she outgrew that one in the arms and shoulders by February.
This fabric, a super soft brushed cotton with a nap, was purchased at the Mill Ends in SE portland. The buttons are vintage and the collar is a piece of felted light blue cashmere sweater. I collect any old cashmere I can for this type of thing. Or for stuffed animals. The lining is a light blue satin that looks like water. Very nice.
I don't have too much to say about this. I think it's the 4th or 5th coat I have sewed from this pattern. I love it to bits. I was going to start this dress once I finished this coat, but now I'm not so sure, it might wait until spring.
unrelated to all this:
- I am so happy to report that Greensleeves, the book that I read from the Secret Books list, is on its way to its 3rd reader, as part of a snail mail book group. Very exciting!
- I am currently reading Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, loaned to me by a dear friend. It's riveting and breaking my heart and making me comforted and sad all at the same time. I just read a little bit at a time. It's so—life.
- I have been enjoying An Idiot Abroad a whole lot. I can't get enough of Karl. It's on instant Netflix.