Thursday, August 09, 2007


I've never been on the cutting edge of fashion. I'm usually at least one season, if not two seasons behind. Took me three years to actually buy anything in Chocolate - the "new black". I have been wanting a mid-length wool trench coat in pink for two winters now but have only ever see them ON PEOPLE, not in the stores.

Well, that temptress Ann at Gorgeous Fabrics got in some beautiful coat fabric and was nice enough to point out Vogue 8346 , which is the exact coat style I've been coveting - fitted bodice, flared skirt. I like View B (the red one in the picture) which is just about knee length although View A is adorable, too. But then, Gorgeous Ann had to complicate things by having TOO many cool shades of pink. I think I've just about decided on this one but I haven't ordered yet.

Before I invest in the lovely flannel coating, it occurs to me that this would be a great project on which to make a muslin first. So I don't muck up sixty-something dollars worth of wool. I want something inexpensive as I don't expect to end up with a wearable muslin out of this one, but heavy enough that I will get a good idea of how the fabric will drape and a true representation of the style. Any suggestions on fabric choices?


~Tonia~ said...

I would say try a light weight canvas, but it might be too thick.

I like the red or the off white.

Janice said...

WOW! I love that pattern and your choice of pink! You are way out of my sewing league, so I don't know what to tell you about muslin.
I can't wait to see your finished coat!!

debbie said...

What a gorgeous pattern - and I LOVE the pink. Just beautiful.

I've never made a coat before and I've never used anything but cheap muslin for a muslin so I'm no help.

You may only have to make your muslin to the waist (not bother putting the skirt on) to check where the waist hits, darts, sleeve length, fit across the back, etc.

gaylen said...

Oh, Bonnie - I wish you had some good answers. I too want to make a coat from some of that beautiful pink wool flannel. I really like the NL 6736 coat pattern - I'm thinking it would be the perfect outfit for hubby's holiday party this year. Hope something helpful comes up!!! g

KnittyNancy said...

Impressive project! I know nothing about sewing, but I do know that your finished garments are always beautiful.

Lori said...

Gorgeous pattern and fabric. Do you have a Joann's close? Maybe use your coupon on some of their fabric for a muslin. I would pick something you like but doesn't cost a great deal, then if it turns out, you will have a coat you like. Good luck.