I had barely made my first toile of the first coat I was to make when I was approached by a friend who asked if I could make him a coat. More specifically, he asked if I could make him a peacoat. I was about to say no as I surely don't have the skills when my boyfriend stepped in and said - of course you can do it, believe in yourself and say yes. So I said "yeah, sure!"
Fast forward a few months and I'm finally ready to get going!
The pattern we chose was the Thread Theory Goldstream Peacoat which has the classic look. There is also an option to go for a more casual look too. The packaging for this pattern is so beautiful to boot!
Now, the fabric - and here's where it got tricky. I mentioned previously that my boyfriend and I are vegan. So is my friend. As well as not eating anything derived from an animal we also don't wear anything that comes from animals. So no wool coating on this baby.
I have been searching the internet far and wide to come up with a suitable alternative. One option I found was this polyester coating from myfabrics.com but I wasn't completely happy with it.
I have finally settled on a lovely gabardine fabric from Calico Lane. It's the perfect shade of navy and also looks like it will hold its shape nicely. I will also say how impressed I was with Calico Lane too - I placed an order Friday afternoon and it arrived Saturday morning. Perfect! Straight in the washing machine this went!
The lining for the coat was pretty easy and I made a decision almost instantly - it's a beautiful viscose from Ditto fabrics. The camera doesn't do the colours of this fabric justice. I was really lucky with this too. After making my decision from a bunch of samples I went online to order and Ditto was out of stock. Immediate panic set in and I emailed to ask if they would be getting any more stock. Luckily they had some in the store and the lovely Gill put it behind the counter for me. One less panic to deal with! Phew!
To add some extra warmth to the coat I purchased some of this snuggly microfleece from Pennine Outdoors (I also ordered this on a Friday afternoon and it came by Saturday!). It has a really soft finish to it and I am very impressed with the quality. It's not bulky so shouldn't add too much thickness which is a bonus.
The final hurdle before I could get going was deciding on the interfacing. I want to try my hand at a few tailoring techniques for this make but there's another hurdle - hair canvas is made from, well, animal hair. Damn my vegan morals! I searched the internet again for alternatives and came across a few but wasn't entirely sure. In the end I spoke with a lady in a fabric shop and she advised a calico as a replacement. I'm sure this won't have quite the same effect but I'll give it a go!
This weekend I'm aiming to have all the fabric pressed and cut out, ready for tailor tacking. I'm really looking forward to some hand sewing - I know it will take a lot longer but I love settling down with a film and making stitches by hand. I find the whole process relaxing and I can watch a film without fidgeting because my hands are entertained. Win win! I found some special basting thread for the occasion too.