|Excuse the harsh shadows. I have a narrow window of opportunity before my photographer runs off to sue someone.|
Things that worked:
The pattern. I used Burda's 12-2012 asymmetrical coat pattern. It's a great design with lots of fun details including vented sleeves, a fabulous Nehru or Mod (depending on your perspective) collar, seam lines that meet pleasingly in the back (where the sleeve and bodice come together) and a perfect length for me. There is a reason that I sew 95% Burda. Their drafting is truly fantastic. I may well sew this coat again, but in a lighter fabric.
The Fabric. The winter white wool fabric is from Mood (as is 99% of the fabric I sew with). It is extremely soft and quite thick (which made pressing it very problematic). My favorite detail is the line of what seems to be plastic, but probably isn't (since it doesn't melt) running through the fabric. It gives the coat a great dimensionality and texture that elevates it significantly. Having said this, the fabric probably would have worked better with less seam lines and details, as it is very trick to work with when there are multiple layers. My Janome hated this coat! Thank g*d for my grandmother-in-laws fifty year old New Home, which has metal throat plate and a stronger motor, she just steamed through with no problem at all.
There are a few things I will fix. 1) is the hem, which came back from the rich-lady dry cleaners uneven. 2) looking at the photos it seems like I may need to add better sleeve heads or shoulder pads. What do you think? 3) the buttons are perhaps too big, though I'm not sure I care enough to change those.