As you'll recall, I'm making my coat from the Japanese men's coat pattern book up top.
I made a muslin, and last week was all set to make the coat in this brown Donegal tweed.
Then it hit me: I didn't have sufficient time to do all the tailoring it required (what with all my Japanese TV commitments) and I wasn't confident enough about the pattern, which I'd had to trace from a book written entirely in Japanese. (This month's theme is JAPAN.)
After sleeping on the issue, I decided to buy a different fabric that would require less tailoring and if I liked the way the pea coat turned out in the new fabric, make a Donegal wool version later on. Doesn't that make more sense than rushing?
My new fabric is a coated cotton canvas. It's as if the canvas has been painted with a thin coat of brown rubber, but it's not heavy or clammy feeling, and the grain remains visible. It also has a slightly stone-washed patina I love. It reminds me of waxed cotton. Also, it can be pressed without the coating coming off.
Here's the selvage:
The underside feels like brushed cotton.
I plan to line the coat with the cotton flannel below, a remnant from a shirt I made for Michael last year.
Today I started cutting and I hope to start sewing tomorrow.
And that's it! I do intend to make outerwear with that wool; maybe next month if all goes well.
In closing, readers, have you ever seen fabric like this before?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!