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« on: August 25, 2007 11:04:47 PM »

totally inspired by the cover of the august anthropologie catalogue. Only I decided not to do the pockets, cos I just couldn't make them look good. And the similarity between the buttons was entirely accidental.

So my brother gave me this fabric (80% wool/20% cashmere, nice heavy coating) for my birthday and it's taken me forever to put it to good use, but I finally did! This jacket is double-breasted, but entirely unlined. I thought it would be nice when I just need something to cut the elements. No pockets (maybe I'll change that if it gets too inconvenient?), but I love it. I am tall with long long arms, and it took some fiddling, but it FITS. Hooray!


here we are!


a close-up of the buttons. I think they are very neat!

What do you think? I would really love to get some feedback/comments on this? =) thanks for looking! =)
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2007 11:13:57 PM »

That coat is amazing!  I didn't see the original on the catalogue but wow!  It's fantastic- never would guess that you didn't buy it at a shop!
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2007 11:15:07 PM »

What a great brother!!  It has been quite a few years since I made a coat...but I really really like the off-centered buttons and the asymetrical collar on your coat!

The sleeves also look slightly belled at the bottom--are they?

I think you also picked high end buttons!  Was there a reason you decided to not line it? I was just wondering if the wool might become a bit scratchy...

Lovely design and the sewing looks professional!
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2007 11:34:37 PM »

That is so freaking gorgeous!  I am jealous of both your sewing skills and your awesome coat.  Amazing job.
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2007 11:36:00 PM »

I love love love the collar, beautiful.
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2007 11:48:52 PM »

What a great brother!!  It has been quite a few years since I made a coat...but I really really like the off-centered buttons and the asymetrical collar on your coat!

The sleeves also look slightly belled at the bottom--are they?

I think you also picked high end buttons!  Was there a reason you decided to not line it? I was just wondering if the wool might become a bit scratchy...

Lovely design and the sewing looks professional!

thanks! good eye on the sleeves - yes, slightly belled over the top of the hand. I always loved that look. The body also flares slightly from the seam that is around the ribcage. It's hard to make out, but it's between the 3rd and 4th buttons in the pic.

re: lining - well, I kind of wanted this to be an in-between coat, for when it was too cold for a lightweight jacket, but too warm yet to commit to my fully-lined winter coat. I just wanted this to be something to cut a harsh wind or keep the rain off, more than anything. It's built so that I can layer a lightweight sweater under it, but nothing bulky.

and as far as scratchiness (to which I am also fairly sensitive), the little bit of cashmere goes a long way to making this fabric soft. I also pressed and stitched down all of the selvedges from the seams, so nothing rubs, plus it makes this neat "stitching detail" along the seams which is kinda cool. A bit of extra work, but worth it.

thanks for comments and questions! It was nice to get to talk about it more =)
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2007 11:53:53 PM »

Wow!  Looks great!
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2007 12:09:26 AM »

that's beautiful. I really love double breasted coats; theyre more figure flattering, in my opinion.
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2007 12:26:16 AM »

Wow!!

Gorgeous.  I love the collar.  Very elegaant and it looks like you wouldn't need a scarf with it either.

Oh, and you have a great brother, too!

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2007 05:54:41 AM »

What a fantastic jacket! I love the collar and how the sleeves and body elegantly flares out. I'm impressed!
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