I know this seems terribly out of season, though as two nice ladies in Dressew commented to me, it means I won't rush this project.
I'm going to make a coat. I've never made a coat before, so there should be plenty to learn in this process. Not feeling the pressure of cold weather at my back will be good for me on this one. I've been wanting to make myself a new coat for a while and this pattern that I snagged out of Burda is just what I was looking for.
I've been living off of two coats, one purchased from H&M about 10 years ago, and another that is a camel many times hand-me-down...ed vintage Sears coat that I re-lined since it was torn to shreds inside. The H&M one has not stood up to wear well and should have been gone long ago. The vintage camel one is decent looking now that I re-lined and re-buttoned it, but it is not very warm and doesn't even do up all the way to the neck, making me even colder. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr.
I tried all this past winter to find the right fabric, and failed. Now that the sun is slowly showing its face to Vancouver again, and I had gone on budget lock-down, low and behold the perfect (and pricey) fabric finally showed up. Not much left on the bolt and the first I'd seen of this fabric in 9 months at Dressew, so I moved on it. I have mixed feelings about the timing of this, but what is done is done.
It is a lovely felton wool in light grey. A perfect neutral for me so I'll be ok to wear it with anything and thick enough that I think I will stay warm.
I know that Tasia at Sewaholic and Gertie have some great tutorials on things pertaining to coat making. I will, no doubt, be relying on them to guide me through.