Chic swing cocktail coat »
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Cute, Whimsical, Traditional, Holiday, Classic
100% Cotton for shell and lining, sheer weight fusible interfacing on all body parts except sleeves, collar and bow.
What was your inspiration?
I loved the lines of this adorable swing coat and being a coat lover myself, I thought it would be fabulous for my 3 yo nieces birthday. I know she'll love it!! She's such a girly-girl lol.
What are you most proud of?
I ran out of the pink (lining) fabric, which i had intended to use as the shell -I got the end of the bolt and thought it would be enough. Alas, I didn't have enough so I bought some brown kona cotton to line the inner sleeves from shoulder to 2 inches from hem and added the pink I had to the lining cuffs, making them turn-back style. I am so happy with the result of using the floral print, originally intended as the lining, as the outer shell. Sometimes things happen for a reason. I also like the piping I added to the collar and cuffs very much.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Sew the lining and shell at the same time. The project will move along a lot faster. Cutting out all the pattern pieces and lining/interfacing together for each piece also ensured each piece was identical making prep a snap! (my least favorite part of a project).