Well, it’s finally done. I started this coat last January. I put it aside for many months, and I decided to finish it now that the weather is cooler. I absolutely love it–mainly because of the fabric.
I purchased this very special fabric remnant on the top floor of Britex Fabrics in San Francisco about 4 years ago. I knew when I saw it, that I had to have it. It’s my favorite color, and it is so soft and thick, almost furry, that it feels like you are petting a rabbit. It is 100% baby alpaca. Very unique, and I looked for a long time to make the perfect coat with it. I paid about $200 for the 1 and 3/4 yard, 60 inch wide remnant. My goal with this fabric was to make a coat that would look luxe and perhaps look like it cost thousands rather than the few hundred it cost me to make.
I decided to use a Burda pattern—Burda patterns are fashion forward, European, and available instantly with a click of a few buttons and a good printer. They are excellent patterns in terms of fit and sizing. However, they are notorious for sometimes having cryptic directions, and this pattern was no different. I used Burda Wool Long Coat 08/2012 #101B. Unfortunately, the instructions were challenging, and even though I am an advanced sewist—I struggled with trying to decipher the collar. I became frustrated, and I actually thought that perhaps I would have to throw out the project. A month ago I decided to try one more time—after 8 months, the instructions were suddenly very clear to me, and I figured out what I was doing wrong. I fixed the collar, and I’m glad I did.
I used a Valentino lining (ooh la la!) that I purchased from Marcy Tilton.
I’m rarely a fan of shoulder pads, but they were necessary for this coat. I look forward to wearing this coat this winter to formal events, or even pairing it on occasion with some skinny jeans. It’s so cozy and speaks winter to me. Special thanks to Jennifer S. for taking these photos of me, and making me feel like a super-model.