|Miss Selfridge website|
I willl probably have to make a couple of alterations to the collar to make it fit with a fluffy fur and I think I would change the pockets slighty too. I do want to have ones on the outside rather than in seam. One additional thing is that I will do bound buttonholes. You can't see it too clearly on the picture but the Miss Selfridge coat does have them - which I think is pretty high spec for a high street coat.
I have sourced a few different wools to try from Etsy for the outer shell - I couldn't find a soft baby blue I liked but have found various wools that I think could work. The first is a wool with a mixture of pinks and blues. It is a polyester and wool mix and medium weight. Its labelled as Kawaii fabric which means cute in Japanese...and isn't it just?!
|HeyFabrics - Etsy|
|HeyFabrics - Etsy|
I have also been looking at fur for the collar. The collar of this coat is fur on both the upper and lower collar pieces and so I wanted to go for the same look if possible but I didn't want really cheap looking faux fur. Not having ever bought it before I wasn't really sure where to go to get the good stuff and so it really is going to be a bit of trial and error. The pattern piece for the collar on my pattern is also 20cms wide and a lot of trims I found were much smaller than this. Admittedly I may end up making it smaller when I do toile of the coat but I figure its best to have options. MacCulloch and Wallis have a great selection of amazing looking trims but their largest white fur was only 14cms wide. Minerva Crafts also has a large range and then I found a brilliant website called fabric online that stocks loads of different variations. I also did the obligatory sweep through Etsy and found some brilliant vintage pieces of real fur from the 1930's and 40's as well as a lovely looking faux fur which is basically what I have gone for from Bodikian Textiles. They cut to the width needed which is great and its not overly expensive. Its always a bit daunting buying online though so fingers crossed that it will be ok when I get it through the post. As mentioned there were lots of vintage pieces of real fur available and some amazing fluffy collars to buy but I feel wrong purchasing real fur, even if it is vintage. In the end I thought going faux is definitely the way forward as its such good quality nowadays, so I opted for this instead.
|Bodikian Textiles - Etsy|
Coletterie - Removable custom faux fur collar for your coat
A Beautiful Mess - Detachable faux fur coat collar DIY
Now to decide which wool to go for....mmm decisions, decisions... which do you think would be best? I think this will be a lovely post Christmas sewing project. Now to get on with the next part of my winter wardrobe - the wrap dress from Gertie's book 'Gerite Sews Vintage Casual' which I reviewed here. Happy sewing everyone!