Trust me to fall in love with something that probably went out of print over 40 years ago.
A few searches on eBay though, and it didn't take too long to find the pattern in my size (from an American lady with a Scandinavian name). Before I chopped up the tweed I thought I would use denim fabric I also bought years ago but I can't remember why. So, if it was a disaster it wouldn't matter. Thankfully, it wasn't a disaster.
I cut out the coat last summer and like many more projects it got packed away as sewing with pins and needles isn't particularly child friendly. One night a few weeks ago I decided I need to finish it so I worked into the wee small hours. Hand finishing and the covered button has been done when I could grab a few moments.
It has white and red spotty lining:
Altogether, it was a fairly straight forward project with no button holes, no inside facings and the fit is perfect so I didn't have to make any adjustments. The only thing I might change is to add facings and hidden buttonholes on the next one as it swings open. The only fasteners are the button and a placket at the other side of the neck - things that swing open doesn't really work here in the Shetland winters due to the prevailing winds. I might also lengthen the sleeves as these are bracelet length and although it looks good and is fine on a summer garment, I think a winter coat would be better with slightly longer ones.
And - just in case you were wondering, the brooch is one of my newer designs, which will be available online with a whole new range of vintage inspired floral brooches in the Autumn.
Yay! - another FO I can now tick off my list!
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