I’m excited to be into fall sewing with a new silhouette to offer you: The Cloud Coat!
Here are the versions I have been making.
Vest Version with Shrug- I used a stenciled/drawn and painted canvas for this garment. It has the petite collar (one of 2 in the pattern). The shrug with sleeves, can be worn separately or under the vest.
This silhouette is a great canvas for interesting closures. I'm making the 3 closures for this vest, collage metal parts were attached to a padded, linen base. Each one is mounted on a pin back, so they can be worn in a variety of ways.
This winter Cloud Coat started was collaged wool, that was sewn in a variety of shaped seamline to create each pattern piece.
Each garment piece is underlined and stitched to Thinsulate (a light weight batting), before the garment was constructed with a lining.
This coat has the Jumbo bias collar in a double gauze Japanese cotton…just like a soft, cozy scarf around the neck! Consider designing unique closures for this coat. This wool one has shaped bound button holes to highlight a button collection.
Repeating the simple orange color strips around the garment pulls design and fabric combination together.
A canvas tarp, painted with Dye-na-flow = this coat. Thinsulate batting yoke was added across the back shoulders and down the front facings.
This coat has the Jumbo bias collar in the double gauze Japanese cotton. A cotton lining makes it a joy to wear.
Bound Buttonhole Variations- I explored 2 very different versions of bound buttonholes in these 2 coats. I considered the buttons as I designed the buttonhole shapes for the wool coat in accent colors.
The round buttonholes, in accent printed fabric, have different shaped circular insets with irregular openings so the buttons each ‘sit’ in a different place when the coat is closed. I repeated the circles around the coat with Jacquard fabric pens in grey and black.
The coat Back has an optional off-center, soft pleat that shapes the bottom of the coat. Wearing this design is very much like wrapping one's self up into a light, cocoon of a cloud! I'm looking forward to sharing more raincoat and cold weather versions of Cloud Coats soon! Diane