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« on: August 09, 2010 06:58:02 PM »

Okay, so I really want a cute coat for this fall/winter, but I can never seem to find one exactly like I want. I'm going to try to make my own (probably using http://www.simplicity.com/p-3064-misses-jackets.aspx). I'm obsessed with the movie "Penelope," especially her clothing in the film. I especially love the idea of a purple coat. So I was looking through Polyvore sets inspired by the movie a few months ago and found this gorgeous purple coat. Now that I go back to find it again, it has disappeared.

Thankfully, I had printed out a picture of it to put in a Penelope clothing-inspired page of my journal, so I at least have one picture of it. Here it is (sorry for the terrible quality):





My question is, can anyone tell me how to go about making the bottom of the coat like that? Sort of flared out and asymetrical? What shape do you think the fabric is cut in? Any advice would help...if I can't figure it out, I'm just going to make a plain purple coat.  Cheesy

Thanks so much!
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2010 07:21:38 PM »

It just looks like a straight diagonal line at the bottom, that has been slightly gathered at the waistline. I don't think that would be difficult to replicate...

Also, I quite agree, Penelope has the best wardrobe in that movie, with the exception of her wedding dress. That purple coat is sublime!
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010 07:35:55 PM »

I'd recommend getting some cheap fabric and making the bottom of whatever jacket pattern you choose, then set to work pinning it up at different angles until you get something you like.  When you're happy with it, cut away and use that fabric as your pattern for the real stuff.
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2010 05:46:27 AM »

Thanks for the replies, guys! Smiley I think since this is my first coat, I'm just going to go for something simple, though...like following the pattern exactly. But I have a new question. I bought a few yards of this gorgeous purple corduroy fabric at Joann's. I really want to line the coat with a pretty matching printed cotton. But I'm thinking that just corduroy and cotton won't be warm enough. Winters aren't extremely cold where I live (Virginia), but I still want the coat to be reasonably warm. What do you guys recommend that I could use in between the corduroy and cotton? Maybe batting? Could I use batting without quilting it completely to the printed cotton, or would it move around too much? I would actually probably be willing to quilt the entire lining, though, if necessary...Basical ly, I want it pretty warm, but not bulky. And I need to keep things as inexpensive as possible. Wink What do you guys recommend? Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2010 07:23:57 AM »

Well, the pattern you have looks good, but I found these two that look a lot like the picture:
http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5531-products-8080.php?page_id=515
I've made this pattern before and it's very simple.
http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5980-products-10567.php?page_id=115
This has that bottom you like.

I don't know about the batting.  That might work.  Otherwise, you might want to try flannel-backed cotton, it's warmer than normal cotton.

Hope that helped!
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2010 12:16:13 PM »

^Thanks for the pattern links! I'll definitely have to check those out. The bottom of the second one is lovely.  Smiley

I was reading on one coat thread on here that you should use some sort of lining fabric for the sleeves so they're easier to get your arms in...Should I use something like satin for the lining of the sleeves if I'm using quilted cotton for the rest of the lining?  Huh
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