A blog born from the desire for a winter coat in a color other than black. With limited sewing experience and no knowledge of Japanese I've worked through all the patterns in Ryuichiro Shimazaki's book on men's coats. If I can do it, anyone can! But the challenges continue. Join me as I continue to explore the world of menswear. I AM my own luxury brand!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I'm just here to draw your blood
I've finished the muslin for coat #2. It has all the charms of a phlebotomist's lab coat. I hope you're not squeamish at the thought of blood! I was actually able to incorporate the adjustments that I made to the duffle coat "on the fly" so to speak. I added 1/2" to the shoulder width, and an additional 4" around. The fit may be a bit snug with a sweater and flannel shirt, but the raglan sleeves have me totally intimidated, and I have that "quit while you're ahead" feeling. The sleeves ended up about 1" too long, an easy fix. Even though this seems like a lot of work, I've really come to see the value in making a fitting muslin. In the case of this coat, it's helped me figure out the whole placket front. (How do the buttons get hidden???) I also know that the collar is going to be major challenge. Speaking of the collar, I'm going to be shopping for a contrasting fabric for the upper collar. Corduroy or maybe wool in a contrasting color. Plaid? This coat is screaming for a little "zing".