Friday, November 27, 2015

Wildly Neutral



Well, here I am again in another coat. 

But this time it is one made from the most luxurious butter soft faux suede I have ever laid my hands on. Seriously, the softest. I am pretty sure that real suede wouldn't be as nice and it is the same on both sides too! People! Do you understand that this makes the possibilities endless, endless I tell you!
One of those possibilities is fringe. 
(Cutting my own fringe still won't leave my brain. Fringe bag, fringe added to boots, fringe skirt, fringe...fringe..fringe ...fringe!!!)

 I found it at Fabricville and it comes in so many gorgeous colors that it was difficult to choose one. I went back and forth between the navy and the berry colors...many times. Now you are asking...." So why are you wearing a camel colored coat?" I couldn't choose so I went the complete opposite to what would be my typical move. Life calls for that sometimes. It was a decidedly good move... I think.



When it came to a pattern, I chose Vogue 9069. I have been eyeing up the relaxed, oversized coats that are on trend right now and wondered if  I could pull it off myself. I decided to go for it, seeing as I had already gone out on a limb and chose the camel color.





Now, you are probably thinking that I completely copied the model garment...well, yes I did but not intentionally. In the store, I flipped through the pattern books and landed on this one but the picture on the envelope is not the same as the model online and if she is in the book...well I didn't see her in her fuzzy camel bathrobe. If I did, I would have changed my mind. Guaranteed.   



This pattern is a Very Easy Vogue and it is easy.... if your sewing machine cooperates with you! Mine didn't. It was skipping stitches like crazy when I was trying to topstitch. I knew that my machine was long overdue for a tune up so off the repair shop it went. The next morning, the shop called and Andre, (aka sewing machine guru) told me that my problem with stitching this fabric was the needle I was using! WHAT!? That's it!? I needed a larger denim needle with this fabric because the fabric is spongy and closes in on the needle before the thread has a chance to catch. Problem solved. New needle paired with the walking foot and I was back in business. 

Note to self... replenish needle stash.



I love the look of the hood but in truth, I will likely never wear it up. If you have seen the model picture, you know why. It's just not a good look when the fabric drapes like this one does.


For the lining, I thought I would really step all the way out of my comfort zone and chose an animal print satin polyester. I NEVER wear animal print. Like. EVER. What is happening to me?
Well, you know what? I love it.


All said and done, I am really loving this coat and look forward to finding different ways to style it for everyday looks. I not sure that I am finished with this fabric and may head back to Fabricville for more. Black Friday's sale would be a good reason to make another fabric purchase...right? 



**disclaimer** Fabricville gifted the fabric and pattern of my choosing for this coat..wasn't that nice?! All opinions are my own...I have many. And there are no affiliate links in this post.




49 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Margo. You are unstoppable! Tip to toe gorgeous.

    So interesting to read about the needle size. I have used ultrasuede, or faux suede a bit. It went not too badly. I just bought a walking foot off of ebay, but so far I can't seem to get it to work well. le sigh. I thought it would solve all my difficult fabric problems.

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    1. Aww..thanks Sue. The funny thing about the walking foot that I tend to forget every time I dig it out to use, is to put the arm over the presser foot arm. Silly, I know, but I do it almost every time!

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  2. Margo - never mind that it looks like the pattern envelope because the style is definitely you! This is lovely on you!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I was a little disappointed when I saw the model picture online...so that makes me feel better about it!

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  3. Wonderful color choice. You'll get to wear it with so many different outfits. Love the way it turned out.

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    1. Thank you Faye. It certainly isn't my usual route! But my mom liked it on me and she so prefers me in color.... so if I win her over..... ;)

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  4. Stunning! I daresay Vogue would rather have had you as their model...you're as cute as a bug's ear!

    Mindy

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    1. Lol! I love that saying....it's one my father in law uses. Thanks Mindy!!!

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  5. Oh dear can you please tell what faux suede it was that you used? There are so many many for upholstery. Also the price per metre would be good so that I know I have the right one. Many thanks
    Debbie

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    1. Sure Debbie. It's actually a fashion fabric, not in the upholstery department Buttery Soft Suede. I think that the regular price on the bolt was $29.99/m. Hope that helps!

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  6. Really lovely, and the camel was a great choice.

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    1. Thank you Mags...it was a little different for me but I think it can be styled many ways.

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  7. Beautiful as always. It looks fantastic and love the lining! X

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    1. The lining is so fun! Thank you Claire

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  8. Beautiful coat, Margo! Great work inside and out! Love your animal print lining as well, I think it looks really cool :) Do you know that I never ever wear animal print? But lately I feel like to have and wear it :)

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    1. Definitely give animal print a try! Thanks Hana!

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  9. I love your coat and in this color! You're right about the pattern cover also, it looks so much like a bathrobe, thank goodness you didn't see it first. Anyhow, I pinned this coat if I should ever venture into coat making as it doesn't appear to be too complicated to construct.

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    1. It wasn't complicated at all. Thanks Levone!!

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  10. This looks so good! I want one now! And I am oddly drawn to fringe too - fringe boots would be awesome!

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    1. Oh Heather, you could totally rock some fringe! Much better than I could!!

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  11. fantastic coat and using a neutral color makes it so wearable with a variety of outfits. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks Beth! I think you are right....it has many styling possibilities!

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  12. I love everything about this coat! I've added this pattern to my "to buy" list :-) It looks so perfect with the winter white outfit. And that lining! Don't even get me started! Perfect in every way!

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    1. I love a winter white outfit too. Thanks so much Gail!!

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  13. What a classy outfit!!! The coat is absolutely perfect! Love!

    Almeda :)

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    1. You are always so sweet Almeda! Thank you for your comments!

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  14. I wasn't able to find the Buttery Soft Suede you describe...do you have a sku

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    1. Unfortunately Geni, it only seems to be available in store... sad face... So sorry!

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  15. Your coat looks lovely. Just looking at the pictures I thought it was wool until I read on.

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    1. Thanks! It's too bad that you cant't touch this stuff...it is super soft!

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  16. I love the drama of the big collar! What a great piece.

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    1. I'm not usually drawn to such a large collar but really like this one too! Thanks Morgan!

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  17. Stunning coat. I wan't impressed with this pattern but now that I've seen it on you I like it!

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    1. You should give it a try, it was an easy one to put together! Thank you Valerie!

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  18. Effortlessy chic and oh so elegant. Great outfit!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment Jean!!

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  19. Great looking coat! You are the Queen of Coats-truly you do a great job with all the coats you've sewn and posted about. This looks gorgeous on you!

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    1. Thank you Linda! I think that coats are a big staple in our wardrobes here in Canada....come February, I will be wishing that swimsuits were the staple of my wardrobe!!

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  20. Very nice and classic. I too end up buying basics during indecision lol. A rush of sensibility creeps in when I don't know what to do hahaha

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    1. Thanks Tasha! I guess it is good be be sensible sometimes...as long as I don't get boring!

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  21. Stunning, in every possible way! I LOVE the hood :)

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I think the hood looks really cool on the coat but it just doesn't look great when it's up... hmmm.

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  22. I totally love the look of your camel coat and winter white outfit! So chic! And a secret inside - animal print! Yowza!

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