Monday, December 9, 2013

No Frills Coat

Well hello there!

Things have been mighty busy around these parts.  The week after Thanksgiving included a massive furnace and water heater installation, a visit from my friend Andrea, and a trip with her to Michigan to take a two-day fitting class.   (The visit and the class were fabulous - I'll be telling you all about it as soon as I can gather my thoughts!)  I'm settling back into my far less exciting routine now, which today involves lots of laundry.  But the sun peeked out for a while this afternoon, so I thought I'd better take advantage of it to get a few photographs.  I have four finished items to share over the next few days.  You've seen a couple of them already, but not on a body.  So today I'm starting with the coat.

I did wear my coat last week when I went out to dinner with Hubby.  Gotta say, I felt pretty fabulous in it!  However, I chose to wear an A-line skirt that day, and the pegged shape of this coat pulled it in at the bottom in a way that was borderline dorky.  I think this coat works best with slim pants, skirts or dresses.  But no matter - I still felt glamorous, especially since I had the sparkly pin on it.  Here are a couple of pictures so that you can see how the shape looks on a body.  It definitely accentuates the hips!  If you're afraid of that kind of thing, this is not the pattern for you!



The little wrinkles at the hem where the facing meets the outer are still visible after all.  I may go back and re-sew that section at some point, since that bit was done by hand.  Other than that, I don't really think I left anything else unsaid about this coat in my Mega Post, so I'll just share a few more pictures. 



You may remember I wanted to find some dark grey elbow-length gloves.  After I finished the coat, I spent a fair chunk of time downtown looking for them, and came up empty handed.  And then it occurred to me that I ought to have checked Amazon.com - and sure enough, I found just what I was looking for!


These gloves are by a company called Warmen.  They were very reasonably priced, and the quality is really great.  They're buttery soft and come almost up to my elbow.  I really like it that there's a clear sizing chart on the Amazon listing, so you can figure out what size to order.  They do run small, since I believe it may be a Japanese company - there was  a price tag in Yen attached!

I have a whole set of accessories for this coat:  the pin, a vintage Vera scarf (shown in these photos), the long gloves, my pumpkin-colored hat and a new grey Infinity Cowl that I just finished this morning.  Here's a sneak peek of them, but I'll save the pictures of the coat with the cowl and hat for tomorrow.


33 comments:

  1. So the grey gloves worked - awesome. And the whole time I thought the bit of caramel peaking out of the coat while hanging was a cowl... it's only now that I realize it was a hat! This coat does look great on you Gail, and having seen it in person I know it looks just as good IRL. You look super glamorous.

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    1. Awww, thank you!

      Yes, it's a poor, forgotten little hat! I love this hat pattern though - I wear both this one and the blue one I made quite a bit!

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  2. WOW! I love this! It's so, so glamorous! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. definitely glamorous! i love the coat and the unique shape. what a fabulous job!!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I really love the shape too!

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  4. So very chic and perfectly put together :)

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  5. This looks fabulous, and are those sparkly sequins I spy underneath the coat? :) Can't wait to hear about the fitting class!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, those are sequins underneath! Good eye! I had one huge photo session today!

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  6. The coat looks fabulous! Especially styled as you have it here! I love styles that accentuate the hips like this or the Elisalex dress. Something so incredibly feminine about it. Anyway, now I want one! Glad you and Andrea had a good visit and I can't wait to hear about the fitting class!

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    1. Thank you! I agree - I used to try to downplay the hips, but now I say, bring 'em on!

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  7. Oh, I can't wait to hear about the course! And I love those gloves. I have a pair of elbow length gloves but I seem to have misplaced them, which is unfortunate given that many of my coats are 3/4 sleeve.

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    1. I have to really consider what I want to say about the class, or else it will become a tome, LOL!

      I can recommend these gloves; I'm so happy I found them. And I have a thing for 3/4 sleeved coats too, but they can be a little awkward to wear, right?

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  8. This coat looks beautiful on you! You look like you're from another much more glamorous era.

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    1. Thank you, Morgan! Given that I'm about to turn 50, I actually AM from another, more glamorous era, LOL!

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    1. Pretty cool, eh? I haven't seen anything like this in RTW!

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  10. WOW!! This looks fantastic on you! I think a good jacket/coat can make anyone feel like a million bucks (nothing worse than covering up something you're proud of with something that's only attribute is it's warmth). And I love those gloves!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I have a bit of an obsession with outerwear, I must admit!

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    2. You live in Chicago. You're allowed an obsession with outerwear!
      -- stashdragon

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  11. Wow, this is gorgeous Gail. It looks fabulous on you, so glamorous and stylish. Love the long gloves too.

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  12. Beautiful coat! You are amazing (as usual!)

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  13. You could not look more stylish!

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  14. ooooOOO LALA! You look very glamorous in your new coat! Nice work! I LOVE the gloves. I need to get myself a pair as long as those !!! I look forward to hearing about your fitting class! I could definitely benefit from something like that.

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    1. Hehehe, thanks, Michelle! The class was in SW Michigan, only about 3 hours from here. Definitely worth the drive!

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  15. Oh it looks great on you! I love the unusual shape of this pattern. Thanks for the advice on Instagram!

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    1. Thank you! I love it too - I would consider making this again (if my closet weren't already too full of coats!), but with the changes we talked about.

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