Whew Just in the Nick of Time
TaDa, the Dot Coat is finished. Just as we got another dump of snow this week. Arrggghh, I hate winter. This coat will brighten it up!
I made this coat for two reasons. The first being that I have wanted to make this coat ever since I designed it in design class. I have made coats since but in the back of my mind I knew I would sew this coat one day. When I design it, I was inspired by the voluminous coats that Balenciaga had created. During the patternmaking, I changed the coat a lot from the original design, and it was a smooth and easy process (I talk about the patternmaking in this post).
Yes, Colder Than Mars
The second reason that I wanted to make this coat is that it will fill a huge gap in my wardrobe. I live near the capital city of Canada, Ottawa. It is one of the capitals of the world with the largest swing in temperatures. We are not the coldest or the hottest, but the difference between our highs and lows are the largest. We have days in winter when it is colder here than on Mars and other days in summer when I want to peel off my own skin I am so hot. Like a lot of Canadians, I wear a long dark coloured parka style coat for more than a quarter of the year. The dark colour means the salt and dirt from your car will not ruin your jacket and the fur-like collar and maximum coverage mean you will not freeze to death if your car breaks down on the side of the road at 2 o’clock in the morning.
I’m Over Winter
But what about the times earlier and later in the winter season when it is cold but not frostbite in under 2 minutes weather? I had no coat for this part of winter. I wanted a winter-is-almost-over-I-think-Spring-is-coming-soon-coat. It would not need to be as long as my winter coat or as warm. It also should be bright as if it is encouraging Spring to arrive. I wanted the coat to be roomy enough to fit over sweaters but not make me look shapeless. I love all the interesting sleeve shapes we see now on the runway, and I want a coat that can handle everything from an oversized sleeve to a dolman sleeve. I hate when your top bunches up at the underarm because there is no room for it fabulousness in the sleeves of the coat you are wearing. You can see where I am going with this right? The Dot Coat is my answer.
There are a few things I would change for the next time I make this coat:
- I would choose large covered buttons instead of hidden snaps
- I would put a vent in the CB seam
- I would change the colours from yellow and blue to red and black (see an example in this post – Style #2.)
What Do YouThink?
Overall I love the coat (even if I don’t like yellow). It is warm, comfortable, and stands out. I would love to know what you think of the coat and what if anything you would change.