Grey raglan sleeve t-shirt: Ottobre 5-2008-8.
Pants: Burda 4-2008-118/119.
These pants will be retired once I replace them. I hemmed them too short in the first place, but it seems they've shrunk since then. Or I've stretched.
And what have I been working on the past week? There's nothing like brisk weather and falling leaves to motivate you to make a coat. Everyone starts making coats in the fall, right?
I've never made a coat before, no less a lined coat, so I dragged my feet a bit on putting this together. Working out which pieces should be cut out of what fabric takes a bit of mental concentration (i.e. quiet) which isn't often available at my house. However, it wasn't as challenging as I thought it'd be - it involves the same techniques as sewing any other garment. Two things were new for me: doing a coat lining and two piece sleeves. Of course, with the lining, there were four two-pieces sleeves, heh.
The most challenging part by far was turning the thing right side out after stitching the lining in. The directions have you pull the entire coat through an opening in the sleeve. Yikes! It'd be a shame to have a wadder garment just because you got it stuck in a long tube shape.
I did a forward shoulder/enlarged armhole alteration on this, just as I do on any top. I'm happy with the coat's fit except for one thing: when I move both of my arms forward, the fabric pulls tight across the front of my arms. This happens on other fitted coats I wear. Can you coat wearers out there tell me - is that normal? Am I asking too much from my coats?
Sources: wool tweed from Mill End Textiles; lining from fabric.com; and buttons from Cleaner's Supply.
Pattern: Ottobre Woman 5-2008-18.
Total cost: about $15 (my most expensive garment to date).