Apart from two buttons on the back belt the coat is finished! Hurray. I actually like it alot and was intrigued to see a mauve coat in Topshop with silver fastenings (but it is not on the website).
I like it because
- It is a like-Courreges pattern – a simple and beautiful 1960s shape
- Having made a few alterations the fit is perfect
- It is long enough to wear over dresses and trousers. And big enough to wear over a suit. Although I like a waisted, fitted coat they are useless over a jacket.
- I like the good quality mauve boucle wool that is light but warm
- I think the silver leather binding looks really different and quite intriguing. It actually reflects light like a mirror
- The blouse weight mauve lining is sumptuous, soft and warm
- And the buttons
The most beautiful buttons have arrived!
I looked at quite a few buttons, and bought some globular 1960s buttons but they weren’t right. Too small, too light weight and a bit too shiny.
I thought about painting some suitable buttons with silver spray paint, or covering some myself with left over leather bits. And then I noticed when buying thread that MacCulloch & Wallis cover buttons so I gave it a try. I was delighted with the result.
Just the job. Even the man in the shop couldn’t help but admire them. I only ordered six – the number I needed. Or thought I needed – the coat is double breasted with three sets of buttons. Of course I forgot that the back belt has two buttons on it too. Which is why it is not finished. I needed to order two extra buttons. Lucky that when I was in the shop I was very pleased with the quality of the buttons, and finding I had plenty of leftover bits I ordered another six but one size smaller – for another project. I will be able to use two of these on the back belt.
I think I should move on to the tailored dress next, but I am not sure the fabric is right for the pattern. It is a lightweight mauve linen, and the pattern Vogue Couturier 1065 needs a little more weightiness I think. The pattern says it is suitable for knits and mentions double knits. But lightweight linen is mentioned so maybe I will be OK.
After that my final two items (the combo pack) is a skirt and blouse made in patterned silk – not a matching set but both items which can extend the separates I already have in the SWAP plan.
I am trying out a new blouse pattern as my final project for my draping class and I may bring this in instead of the pink evening dress. I will write up my experiments next week. We are taking the two children and Esme up to see my Mum today – it is quite a challenge to transport everyone up there and back, both safely and comfortably. The child seats take lots of space so Esme and I shall take turns in squashing in between them! We will be glad to get back tomorrow.