I made a duffle coat today! I had planned on making a whole outfit, the top and pants are cut already, but sometimes things don't go as you plan. I really wanted to take part in the Project Run & Play sew along, their theme this week is Mad for Plaid. How perfect, it's this falls biggest trend and I couldn't help but be inspired to sew something myself. I will sew the top and pants and show you what I had in mind next week- it really was going to be mad. Oh well!
I still managed to sew up the "piece of resistance" in one afternoon- the duffle coat. I used a total of 3 different plaids. The outer layer is made from a wool blend I found at my local fabric shop. I combined a red and blue of the same fabric for the main coat. I also had a small black & red non traditional plaid in my stash that I thrifted years ago. I have lots more and would love to make MissE a jumpsuit. One day!
The lining is also plaid- 100% cotton from my stash. It is some fabric I used in my last collection. I have plenty more of that too.
It's a basic duffle coat with a hood and toggle closure, I drafted the pattern myself. I added some large pockets and a contrasting hem. I added some pleats to the hem to give the coat a balloon shape and to make it a little more fashionable.
The hat and scarf is also something I made a long time ago, it's upcycled from an old sweater. I even unraveled the sweater to get the yarn to make the pompom.
I really like the mix and match of all the plaid. This little coat will be perfect for the next coming months. Hopefully it will still fit in the spring.
And as you've probably noticed, the leaves are changing and the colors are beautiful this year. Lots of deep reds and oranges. Sure makes for a perfect fall photoshoot.
Don't forget to check out my blog next week for my totally mad for plaid look. This was just the beginning!