Santa (nudge nudge wink wink) can't give away any secrets just yet!
Suffice it to say that I will not need to do much weight training while I am working on these coats!!! It is heavy duty stuff. I work up a sweat and I don't even have my iron on! (no ironing on oiled fabric!)
I was rolling right along and ready to dive into coat number two over the weekend, but...I went through my entire supply of heavy duty jeans needles and had to stop! However, my sewing mojo was still cranking away. Not wanting to lose that momentum I pulled out another project that has been hanging around for awhile.
I figured since I was in coat mode...
I have been looking for a pattern/style to go with a heavy coat weight wool jersey. It is fairly dense stuff and I wanted to do something that I wouldn't have to put a lining in because I like the heavy sweater feel of the fabric. The Casey Coat from Style Arc looked like just the ticket. It is an unlined, cocoon shaped coat, and has some nice style lines.
I knew the dropped shoulder seam would need some changing to make it work for my broad shoulders. It took some head scratching to get it figured out, but I got something that I like.
The front of the coat has a facing and separating zipper. There was no way my heavy knit was going to work for facings. I found a lighter wool jersey that looked great and had the right weight to hold up to the coat weight fabric, but not add so much bulk.
I also decided that a half lining in the back would make it easier to get the coat on and off, and would help stabilize the neckline and armholes. (My simple unlined sweater coat was getting a bit more involved!)
Not having the coat totally lined meant the finish on the seams was going to show. I started sampling...
Once I had a seam finish that I liked I had to rethink the whole in-seam pocket thing...
Soooo...this was supposed to be a quick diversion until I could get to the store for more jeans needles! Oh well, good thing I'm retired!
The whole thing took me several days, but it turned out really well. The fit is great. My shoulder engineering was just what I needed. The back lining was also just enough to ease the coat on and off without hanging up on my clothes, and it did provided a little break from my oiled canvas workouts!
Oh...and somewhere in the midst of it all, I did get to the fabric store and load up on heavy duty jeans needles!