Last week I dropped into my favourite fabric store. It is over 100km from home so I don’t get there that often. In some ways that is a good thing as it is like being in a lolly shop – so many gorgeous fabrics that sometimes it is hard to choose. On this trip three fabrics followed me home. The first two are off-white solids – a silk cotton shirting and a textured knit for a jacket.
The third is a wool plaid with a mix twill weave with a brushed face. My alarm bells should have been going off (plaid + nap = layout nightmare) but I loved the colours and pixel like look to the fabric. My initial thought was to make a light coat with it. Most of the patterns I looked at required more fabric than I bought, so adding nap and plaid to the mix was going to make it hard. One option was not to use a facing. The back of the fabric was similar to front, but without the brushed face so just have a single layer of fabric with a trim or fringe at the edge could work. Another was to use a plain colour, most likely black, for the sleeves.
These were the front-runners:
|Alexander McQueen knock-off: The plaid has a similar scale and the pattern is very similar to the purple pea coat I made a couple of years ago – just need to make the centre front asymmetric. Would need to buy extra fabric and dye some silk for the lining, but it would certainly be an eye-catcher of a coat. But I have the purple one already.|
|V8933 – short version with the colour blocked sleeves and no facing. I’d need to reduce the collar height so I could still wear the collar open. Pattern matching relatively straight forward. Will this style suit me and would I be restricted to always having it done up? How often would I wear it?|
|Schnittequelle jacket – They have a lot of patterns for boiled wool so I had a look through their patterns. Ooooh, I love this pattern. The style lines are very clever and I like the way the collar folds over. Designed for a single layer. Very tempting although the pattern plus shipping would work out to over AU$40 and it’s only single size too. Hmmmm, I could buy another metre of fabric for that|
|After doing a images search on “plaid jackets” to get a few other ideas, a couple of photos of oversized shirts came up. Not quite what I had in mind initially for the fabric, as it is a little heavier, but it would be something I would wear a lot more than the coat patterns I’d been looking at. I had the perfect pattern too. I’ve already made a couple of 6oz denim shirts with it that I wear in the mid-seasons. A warm woollen version would be so good!|
The pattern matching is going to be challenging, but I’ve got enough fabric to play with. And so the nightmare layout begins….