After finishing the cushions the other day I am really inspired to get going and finish the jacket and coat I started the patterns for last month. However – Daughter no 2 and Husband and I went into Birmingham on Friday…. A quick visit to the Fancy Silk Store and a much longer visit to the Bullring has resulted in more fabric and more ideas!
I got a lovely piece of caramel coloured wool (only £12.99/m!) to make some carrot leg trousers for me – I do need to make sure the style works on me first though! I also got a caramel and blue plaid – daughter no 2 fancies a jacket…
But – a pop into the French Connection store put something else in the front of the queue… She found this coat, and can I please make one of these???
It’s double breasted, collarless and has an interesting skirt. The back doesn’t connect to the front at the side, but further forward. This accommodates in-seam pockets pretty well. It also has bound buttonholes, but I didn’t think the opening on the facing side was done very well – it wasn’t very “City & Guilds”!!
Of course, I don’t have fabric for it now either, so I may have to force myself to go shopping – again!
We also slipped into the Waterstones in the Pallisades. The best part of the shop is right at the very top – 4th floor- in the Book Garden. Daughter no 2 and I collected up a pile of craft, fabric and cookbooks and snuggled into the leather seats. About an hour later we had whittled the pile down to three that had to come home with us. All told it was a productive day!