I've picked two of my favorites. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be sewing any coats this season... its a little too late, and I'm not certain coats are the most pressing thing in my new wardrobe quest. I'm not sure that this means I won't end up with a coat pattern or two in my stash though...
Coat Number 1:
|Butterick 5824 by Gertie|
I like Gertie. She's not only profound in the vintage sewing scene, she's also hugely inspirational. She's doing pretty close to what I want to be doing, sewing for a living. (For me right now, that's still a pretty far off dream, but that's really not what we're looking at).
I also really like this coat. The length is something you don't see as often any more. It's nipped in a little at the waist and then flares out into a glorious swing skirt. It's got a wide collar that I'm pretty sure could be snuggled into, though it does look like a scarf will be required, given the low V-neck.
My only hesitation, is the kimono sleeves. They look good on the model, with her arms down. But the review over at Edelweiss Patterns has a number of pictures that show some extra fabric there. Which, is totally to be expected with kimono sleeves, but probably won't enhance my already-large bust.
The Options: Attempt to draft a gusset. Possible, scary, and would definitely take a couple muslins before I could do it in any nice coating fabric. Option Two: Make it as a lighter Spring / Fall coat. With a lighter fabric the bunching fabric will be less obvious. Option Three: Look for similar coats. This is sad, because I'd really like to make Gertie's coat, however if I don't think it'll look good on me, it seems kind of like a waste.
And, since this has gone on for longer than expected, stay tuned next time for: Coat Number 2: The Cape!