The latest project I've been scheming and obsessing about is a winter coat. I own a coat that is black, completely nondescript, and not warm enough at all. I've decided that this year I want to make one with a really warm interlining in a fabulous color. So I've turned to the old interwebz for information, and there is A LOT of it out there. In fact, I had no idea coats could be so complicated!
And this is coming from someone who likes to complicate everything. No project is too simple for me to render completely unmanageable in its ambitiousness. I guess I thought making a coat would be like making a jacket . . . only longer. But oh, how wrong I was. There are so many choices to make! What kind of interlining, underlining, and lining? Do you "bag" the lining or put it in traditionally? Should I add fancy tailoring techniques like pad-stitched hair canvas on the collar? Oy, I'm exhausted just thinking about it all.
And then there's the fact that I've been in major indecision mode, in tandem with major obsessive mode. I found the PERFECT fabric: a gorgeous lipstick-red wool/cashmere flannel from Paron's. But I've been agonizing about the pattern. I ordered an amazing pattern from the 1930's, but then realized it would be all wrong for a heavy coat. See the gathers at the bust? It's more meant to be a coat dress.
So then I decided to go with a contemporary pattern, and landed on Vogue 8346, view D (shown in ivory on the envelope below), which is a classic frock coat with a retro feel.
I read over the instructions, and they seem very simple. No hair canvas, no pad-stitching, no tailoring. Is Vogue trying to deceive me? Or is it really possible to make a coat without losing your mind?
Do you think I'll be happy with the results if I follow the simplest instructions possible, only modifying them to add an interlining for warmth?
I would love some advice here. Have any of you made a winter coat before? Should I just give up and head to Macy's now?