A Wool Coat For Fall (and new Merchant & Mills tools!)
"The fabric is a medium weight woollen with a houndstooth pattern. For the lining I decided to go with paisley. Being a fall coat I tried to choose earthy tones that start to make their appearance this time of year. I found the coat's tones pair well with darker accessories, as you can see with the chocolate brown scarf. When I feel too brown I can switch it up with a deep burgundy scarf. The buttons are wooden buttons I salvaged from an old jacket. I had a nice selection to choose from at the store, but in the end wooden buttons seemed appropriate for the woodsy earthy theme that was was starting to come out through the coat. I love the style of the Goldstream Peacoat and already owned a few of them. So I tried my hand at a couple modifications to try to get a different look.
- I shortened the bottom length so that is sits just around the crotch. This seems to give it a modern "sporty" look.
- I shortened the width of the front sides and brought them in 3" each (on the Small pattern).
- I moved the buttons so they are centre aligned down the front of the coat.
- I trimmed the collar height 1/2" off the top edge. I like wearing the collar up and found this was a better length. As well, since I shortened the width of the lapels, things seemed out of proportion when the collar was down (really wide collar and really thin lapels). So this change made things look a bit more proportional.
Two things get me excited to sew - viewing the amazing results of other people's sewing efforts (as above) and testing out some new tools. We just received a fresh shipment from the UK (the Merchant and Mills workshop in Rye to be specific) so there are plenty of new tools to show you today. You'll be glad to know that high demand items such as Tailor's Beeswax, the Workbook, Toilet Pins, and Tailor's Shears are now back in stock. In addition to this we have added a rugged oilskin tool roll (complete with the tools to match each fitted pocket): Another kit you will find in the shop is a comprehensive kit featuring Merchant & Mill's most loved notions: The last kit I added to the shop is a selection of fine pins. I've included thorough descriptions of each pin and its uses in the product description, so you might like to check that out to find out why entomology pins are an invaluable addition to the sewing tool box! Last, but not least, I selected two new scissors to add to our line up. First, something for you left handed sewists: Left Hand Tailor's Shears! And secondly, some everyday scissors that strike me as the perfect balance between comfort and utility. They are sturdy with their all steel construction but are just small enough to be very light. The Merchant & Mills team suggests that you can use these scissors for fabric or paper (but don't switch between both, of course). I think they would be a nice choice for light quilting cottons or dress fabrics but I wouldn't choose them for heavier fabrics. I plan to use these as my household paper scissors - they will be great for cutting out patterns! I hope this post has been a nice dose of inspiration to prepare you for some weekend sewing projects. Judging by how much fabric I have mailed out in the last week (the majority of the Dintex colors are either sold out or very close to sold out), there are some great sewing plans in the works!