I've has a good idea of what I wanted for the coat for a while. I wanted something vaguely similar to the Simplicity 2172 coat, with the underbust closure, but I wanted something more menswear styled with a double-breasted vest look.
So I did actually start with the 2172 pattern, leaving off the front pieces, and shortening it all around. I added the double-breasted vest front. I also added a lot more curve to the pattern because I am wearing it over a very curvy corset, after all. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do for the collar/top. I am going to have a cravat with this outfit, so I felt like I needed something to hold the cravat in place. I decided to try making the top meet above the bust. I also changed the sleeves, adding more Victorian puffed sleeves.
My original mock--up was made from flowered sheets and I put this together by just basting bits and pieces of fabric together until I got something I thought might be workable. I don't have pictures of it because it's SO ugly and it's now in pieces anyway.
|The complete wearable mock-up.|
Yeah, not so much. I included topstitching, per the article, which means I sewed 3 lines of stitching for every seam, versus the two I would have if I'd sewn the lining and fabric seperately. Plus the article makes no mention of how to finish the edges. So instead of just stitching the two layers together around the edge and flipping it, I had to painstakingly hem all the edges. It did NOT save time.
But ok, that's what experiments are for. I learned what NOT to do. I also learned that I need to interface the vest portion (DUH). There are some changes that need to be made to the fit as well. The shoulders are too tight for me to actually move in, and the band across the chest is too high and presses into my throat.
I'm also planning to add cuffs and collar to the final coat. In truth the final coat is almost entirely constructed, but I'm on hold a bit until I decide exactly what I want the length to be. The issue has to do with the cape.
I thought the cape would be the easiest part of the costume. Make a cape...end of story. Yeah, until I started looking into different ways to make a cape. Half-circle, full-circle, triangles, trapezoids, shaped shoulders....
Since I dislike reinventing the wheel I decided to try out the free pattern from Fleece Fun for a Red Riding Hood Cape. I liked the shoulder shaping on the pattern. I printed the pattern and added 14" to make it longer. This is what I got when I made it from from ugly garage sale sheets.
So there's actually a HUGE amount of fabric in this cape. The pattern pieces are so wide at this point, that I can't make them any wider and still get them cut from my fabric. I really like the fullness of this cape, but is it too short? It's difficult to judge. I don't want a full-length cape, but does it look silly to have a cape shorter than my coat? The original Darkwing Duck cape is very billowy and distinctive, but I don't want something too big to handle and pose with for photos. This cape feels very good, but does it look wrong?
So I appreciate thoughts on this.