Or – to add another acronym to the lexicon of sewing terms – Abandoned Un-Finished Object. I’m giving you the punchline at the beginning here.
You know when all of a sudden and out of the blue you need an item of clothing that you do not own but you really, really want to have and so you spend near 100% of your precious shopping time, planning time, thinking time etc etc to find perfection. NO? Just me?
Today the holy grail is……A lightweight summer raincoat/trench: sling on with jeans; slide on over cotton dresses; slip into for shower proofness with pencil skirts and pussy-bow blouses; leave lying in the car for emergencies or pack for weekends away for just in case; pull on regardless just to nip to the shops or just because.
I found one in M&S but it has too many buttons and too elaborate with belt and flaps and other stuff.
I found another in Dunnes which looked perfect from the front but hideous from the back with an long inverted pleat (swing-like) and slightly too dark a colour – I was aiming for stone/off-white/ivory).
Zara had some offerings too but nothing that floated my boat. While they are delicious coats they are just not what I had in mind.
What’s a girl to do? Get a sewing machine, some material, a pattern and a wee bit of time – that’s what.
I found Waffle Patterns and the Bamboo Straight cut coat. – Now this is perfection – it fits all my requirements for a summer trench – now all I have to do is find the perfect fabric. The pattern was purchased, printed and tiled (PDF) and we’re ready to go.
I headed off to Croftmill and purchased some stone coloured, light-weight cotton along with 3m of Barbour (no less) lining.
Over the first week of the Easter holidays, all was cut out and anticipation was high, very high….
And here we have my part in the perfect Trenchcoat downfall.
First advice I can offer you is to follow the instructions – I did not and thought I knew what I was doing and we all know how that goes…
Windowpane pockets with flaps are disasters. Lots of wrinkles, tucks and sloppy sewing – bad, bad, bad. And no amount of pressing is going to get that lot flat!
The cotton that was in stash that was used as interfacing shows through; not really that noticeable but to me it is.
Not everything I cut out and sew is wearable. Wisdom in sewing is knowing when to persevere and when to give up. This is now an abandoned project and I’m moving on to something more inspiring, exciting, colourful and hopefully more successful.
Back to M&S me thinks. Buy a coat and replace all the buttons.
…..or Zara to buy a coat and then cut 12″ off the hem….
Or Dunnes and sew closed the back inverted pleat….
Yeah, go buy and dog and bark yourself!