I’ve been obsessed by my Spring into Summer SWAP lately but there’s no getting away from the cold November weather in this part of the English Midlands.
|Shropshire Fog by Ian Hopkinson|
And I’m in desperate need of a warm coat, so everything else has been put on the back burner while I concentrate on a winter project. I have posh coats and dreadful old fleeces and bodywarmers, but I need something in between that’s still warm, comfortable and stylish. A pea coat will be perfect.
Pea coat; definition from Wikipedia
I have this issue of Ottobre ( 5/2010 Nanette Pea Coat Pattern no 11). It’s too short, but I can alter it to upper thigh length. It needs more buttons. The in-seam pockets are OK, maybe need some definition. The princess and waist seams make for a nice fit.
|Pea coat from Ottobre 5/2010|
I bought 3 metres of a dark navy wool coating from ClothSpot, a fabulous online store with proper fabric and fantastic customer service.
|Navy Melton wool from ClothSpot.co.uk|
For lining I have a piece of Viyella wool/cotton mix twill print of little dogs on navy. I’ll line the sleeves with satin for easy getting on-and-off.
I want a sharp, tailored finish so I’ll use Thread Theory’s sew-along for their Goldstream Pea Coat as a guide.
And who doesn’t occasionally need a warm coat in an English summer? It’s going to work with the SWAP too. But probably not with yellow jeans.
Thanks for reading. Comments are welcome!