Each season I plan my sewing projects based on inspirations and fabric. Winter in Texas is always a sewing challenge as the season is so short-lived. This particular coat has been on my project priority list for a few weeks and I wanted to complete it before the Christmas holiday.
Can I just tell you how much I LOVE this coat?! It is super casual, extremely soft, and very comfortable. I wore it, this past weekend, to our annual Breakfast with Santa with my friends and all of our children. My coat was perfect for sprinting after little ones (most under the age of 5)…but just right for a casual, comfy pulled together look.
Camouflage, like a good leopard print, is one of those prints that is classic and timeless. Although, camouflage walks a very fine line between “Duck Dynasty” and classic, my choice is unmistakably more classic. The muted softness of this oversized print definitely qualifies it as more classic than hunting gear.
COAT: DIY Vogue V9069 HERE (RTW options HERE and HERE) | TOP: Banana Republic similar HERE and HERE | DENIM: Gap HERE | BOOTS: Stuart Weitzman (similar HERE)| JEWELRY: Charming Charlie | SUNS: LeSpec HERE
Initially, the inspiration for a camouflage project was drawn from the fabric (a tweed blend fabric). As I started to pull together the look board, I knew that I did not want to go with the parka style in this fabric. Instead, I wanted to keep the look and feel of the coat soft and drapey.
The pattern that I chose was Vogue V9069. I purchased the fabric at Joann’s fabrics HERE for about $20.00 per yard (but I paid $10.00 per yard with a 50% discount). (Lately, I have actually been finding some nice treasures at Joann’s.) The fabric was the perfect weight, drape, and hand for the design.
I purchased 5 yards of fabric as had I originally planned on making View C (the longer version of the pattern). However, as I tried on the shell of the coat, I realized that the camo pattern was too overwhelming in the longer length coat design. I decided to shorten my cut pieces to the length for View A (the shortest version of the pattern). I used the wrong side of the fabric which is a more muted color than the darker (right) side of the fabric. One change that I made to the pattern is that I added side seam pockets versus the patch pockets included with the pattern.
I love how this look came together with the touch of the dark red blouse. I also styled it with classic pieces like the denim jeans and my favorite handbag which pushes the look even further into the classic category. I was so excited with the final details, I could not wait to share my inspired look!
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the results. I am so excited to have yet another project from my “to do” list completed before year end. I would love to hear your feedback. Did my inspiration come to life?