Friday, January 02, 2009

Cashmere Coat is Finished


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I got the buttonholes finished today, and now I'm completely done. I'm very pleased with this project. I don't have any photos of me wearing it because I dropped the camera on a cement floor while I was taking these photos, and that was the end of that!

I don't think you can see the shaping very well on the form, but it has a very nice, subtly slimming line, and has a lovely shaping to the side seam area, even though it doesn't have side seams as such. Marfy drafting shows its excellence once again, at least in my opinion.

The lining is silk charmeuse, and I used the same corded-look whipstitch with DMC floss to attach the lining to the body of the coat as I used on the pocket linings. I also attached the monogram circle to the right front lining in the same way.


Here's a close-up of one of the buttonholes. I used the same DMC floss to make them as I used on the lining, etc.

The stitches are fairly large, and even at this scale they tend to disappear into the pile of the cashmere. I love the way the bead on the edge of the lips makes a perfect line, and I think the variegated floss adds just a little spark to it.

Here are the buttons buttoned through the buttonholes.


I want to thank Marji of the Great Coat Sew-Along for spurring so many of us to start and finish a coat project. I know I would not have attempted such a complicated project with so many new techniques without her encouragement and knowledge. I think she's planning to open the GCSA blog up to viewing after the first of the year, and I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in making a coat or jacket.

19 comments:

ACorgiHouse said...

Just beautiful. I love all the details, the variegated thread, the buttons, the monogram. Hate the camera incident as more photos would have been nice. And you finished it with perfect timing! What better way to face dreary January than a new cashmere coat? K

paco peralta said...

Liana .- this beautiful coat looks excellent, really. also, all the details are exquisite. I am a fan of metal buttons, and I love these.
Congratulations, enjoy yourself.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Paco

Shannon said...

That is one fabulous coat! I love how it is so sophisticated due to the subtle, quiet colour, yet funky because of the animal print. Luscious!

Vicki W said...

It's beautiful! This will be one to treasure for years. It's very sophisitcated and classic. Lovely details too.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

*sigh* It's beautiful...just beautiful!!!!

Lindsay T said...

What a gorgeous coat you've made! Very high couture and unique. I love that cashmere.

Rhoto said...

Just gorgeous, Liana!! Inside and outside...
Thank you for all your postings this past year. I get satisfaction looking at your work.
Warm greetings,
Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

May said...

Gorgeous!! Great button choice. And, very yummy looking. Reminds me of caramel swirls.

Susan said...

Great job! I really hope to jump onto the coat sew-along for 2009 - such beautiful coats came out of the SAL.

Erica B. said...

That coat is simply stunning! You did an amazing job!

Christina said...

What luxury! The corded whipstitch on the lining is attractive, and the circle monogram is such a sweet personal touch.

Fabricarts said...

I enjoyed all your special details and hope you enjoy every moment of wearing such a beautiful coat.
Wishing you all the best in 2009. Thanks for all of your sewing inspiration!
Miriam

Lisette M said...

Beautiful coat! Congratulations on finishing this journey.

Claudine said...

Beautiful coat, Liana! I've really enjoyed your posts about your progress and it's great to see the finished product. I need to work on my buttonholes. Mine don't look as nice as yours.

Lori said...

This coat is so beautiful, Liana.

KARIMA said...

MY!!!!SOOOO BEAUTIFUL! AND THE HAND SEWN BUTTONHOLES. OH MY GOODNESS! GREAT JOB.

Little Hunting Creek said...

What a beautiful coat and what great hand work. And that fabric is just lovely. You've inspired me to try a coat

Summerset said...

Mmmmm . . . so elegant and lovely! The variagated floss detail and the label are pefect.

kenny said...

Nice cote,i like the little details!Nice job :)