It started with a vague excitement for my very small but very pretty faux fur stash. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be so unnecessarily sophisticated and chic to make a fur-trimmed wool coat for K?” I’m all about unnecessarily sophisticated and chic.
Alas, faux fur is NO FUN to work with. As soon as I came within an inch of it, it started to shed all over the place. In my crazy deadline-ridden state of being and due to my slightly OCD personality, I just couldn’t hack it. So I resorted to an un-fur-trimmed coat dress like so:
This coat dress may look familiar if you’ve been stopping by here since the beginning of time. I made a bouclé version eons ago in blog years, which, like the fur, was a shedding nightmare. I had powered through, and interestingly, that coat dress is probably the single most complimented sewn garment. It’s from this book. I seem to be repeating every aspect of this week’s outfit, and had used the same beautiful wool houndstooth fabric for this little jacket. Those pleather elbow patches held up surprisingly well.
But I was still stuck on the idea of a fur trim. “We’ll fake it!” I instructed K, “Wrap it around your neck like a scarf, honey”.
She offered up a belt option and a hood. I gave up. Oh, my little babushka.
Can you see the flurry of furriness taking over? Also, blurry photos are what you get when the photoshoot lasts precisely two minutes and ten seconds. We almost made it through the “Let it Go” song from the movie Frozen, but then she shot off to go play with her friend (warning: the song will start to play – we’ve listened to this song non-stop for the last couple of weeks. She’s obsessed).
I did make some minor changes with this coat dress. Okay, one change: I fully lined it. However, I tried to cut out a lining without the pleats (the pleats, by the way, look much better with the wool vs. the bouclé) but my pattern adjustments didn’t work out so well for some reason so I just sewed up an identical version for the lining. The lining fabric is some thin polyester from my thrifted pile, and it’s a refreshing mint polka dot.
Even though the fur trim didn’t pan out, I still love the coat dress. So does K. For a truly impressive feat with fur trim, check out Kristin’s gorgeous coat. Girl has serious skillz.
P.S. In case you’re wondering why in the world I would be sewing if I’m so overwhelmed with deadlines (you’re probably not wondering, but I’m the type of person who would wonder), the answer is simple. I love to sew. It helps me relax, and I’ve found that when I’m stuck creatively with drawing/painting, it helps me think through the problems. Sigh. Sewing rocks.