The month of March flew by, I hardly got any time for myself and so I waited to the last minute to get sewing on my Project Sew It. So I started this in March but finished it in April. No worries I will have something for this month too!
For my third project of the year I made the Burda Oversized Coat #103 ( beware The Oversize Kimono & The Shawl Collar Trench Coat are all the same pattern!). I love the silhouette, it has a loose fit on top and tapers at the bottom, giving it a cocoon shape. It has a dropped waist and so the pockets are low, which needs a little getting used too but makes you look instantly cool! ha. Originally the fake pocket flap/ waistband was lower too, but I didn't feel like it was doing my hips any good! I raised it to my waist line and like that much better.
The lapels and collar are really wide. I almost wish I had made it wider and I could have used it as a hood. Almost! Honestly I feel like I am wearing a fancy bathrobe- that is how comfortable this coat is.
I love, love, love the back. I wasn't sure at first about how high the slit was but I have embraced it and feel like it's a really strong element of the design now. I shortened the back belts and they still ended too long, so I attached it with 2 large buttons instead of one as suggested.
If you've sewn with Burda patterns, then you know the instructions are ummm pretty much non-existent. This project brought me back to my design days in school! I had to dig deep in my unconscious to remember how to attach a lining properly. And now I feel the urge to sew another lining! hehe
I got this beautiful black and white chevron wool at Mood. I won't lie, it was a little frustrating at times- the weave is very loose and so my the edges frayed like crazy. I should have cut my seam allowance at 2cm. I hope the coat won't fall apart as I wear it.
I am really proud of my accidental pattern matching on the front raglan seem. Ummm, don't look to close on the back, I didn't get so lucky there!
I think I will bring it to the dry cleaners only to get it pressed. My little home iron could quite get the seams as crisps as I would have liked. or maybe it's time to get a new professional steam iron! A girl can dream right? Overall, I am really pleased with the results, of course I could point out everything I wish I had done differently, but I think I need to let the notion of perfection go a little or I'll end up not doing anything. Have you read Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic? The part in the book that resonated the most with was her view on perfection: "I think perfection is just a high-end, haute couture version of fear. I think perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat, pretending to be elegant when actually it's terrified. Because underneath that shiny veneer, perfectionism is nothing more than a deep existential angst that says, again and again "I am not good enough and I will never be good enough."
Seriously, if you are a creative, go read the book! I read the whole thing on the plane.
And to end on a lighter note- Luckily our month of April has been really chilly and I am able to enjoy this coat a little before I put it away for the fall. I am not sure how I got any photos from this shoot as the wind was blowing and my hair was flying all over the place. Good thing I like the messy hair look!
It's never too late to join in the fun! You can read more about the project HERE. Check out the #projectsewit hashtag on Instagram and we have a really awesome group on Facebook where everyone shares what they are making. Everyone is so supportive and it's just a feel good spot on the internet to hang! Here is a look at some of the creations for the month of February, click on the photos for more details and to discover some amazing blogs. You can join the FB group and see what everyone has been up to for the month of March and some have already sewn for April.
I don't think my April project will be as ambitious as this one, also I think it's time for some summer sewing, right?