I agonised for some time over what to make for my first project after so long, and finally decided to make something completely impractical but really fun, a houndstooth coat. It's still warm outside, and won't even start to get cold until late May or early June so it'll be a while before I can wear this, but I do love making coats! I have had this houndstooth in my stash for probably two or three years. Every winter I want to do something with it and every winter I get distracted by other projects. Well, it's cut now so no going back!
The pattern I'll be using is model 104 from BWOF 29/2007.
The only change I'll make is to use the full length sleeves. Personally I love 3/4 length sleeves but my arms get super cold! I guess one item that really needs to be practical is a winter coat, so long sleeves it is.
I have done some clever things and some dumb things on this project already:
Dumb thing #1 - I didn't mark the size when I was tracing the pattern (which was ages ago). I am guessing it's probably a Burda 38 which is my top-half-size.
Dumb thing #2 - I didn't do any of my usual alterations (narrow upper back, short centre back, fba, big hips) so I am hoping the style lines will be forgiving. Regardless, it'll just fit 'like a bought one'.
Clever thing #1 - This fabric frays like a beotch so I fused the underside of all the pieces with sheer weft (I think it's called perfect fuse sheer in other places).
Clever thing #2 - I stabilised all the curves (armhole and necklines) with fusible bias tape.
Clever thing #3 - I stabilised the hem lines with a bias strip of fusible interfacing, and ironed a patch behind where the pockets will go. This was in addition to the front facings, welts and collars as directed by the pattern.