Recently I saw a coat in the window of an expensive boutique. I tried the coat on and instantly fell in love--until I looked at the price tag: $440. It might have been worth it if the coat was handmade of cashmere or some other luxurious blend, but it wasn't. So, I got the big idea in my head that I was going to make myself a coat. And this is what I did. I have a tendency to get myself into projects that are a wee bit over my head. Oh la la this coat was such a bugger to sew! Now I know why coats are priced as high as they are.
This coat is made of a lush olive velvet that changes colors according to the light. (You can see how the color is slightly different in each picture.) The back has a bit of a gathered skirt with an ample belt around the waist. The smock-look on the front of the coat was achieved by sewing lines of small strips of elastic. I loosely based the pattern on Simplicity #4403 (which can be found at Walmart). If you get the big idea in your head of making yourself a coat, watch out, you're in for some serious work. On the other hand, since I just saved myself $440, does that mean I can now buy a new lens for my camera?