I had bought Jess this beautiful Alexander McQueen fabric from Tessuti - yes, last year and Melbourne still has stock. Decided that I would wait until I found the perfect coat pattern as this fabric was not cheap and I wanted to do it right.
Jess wanted a peacoat style, with length and fitted at the waist. I found Butterick B5685 just the thing except for the collar - way too big for my liking and it would swamp Jess, who's petite. Remembering her other coat, I decided to use the collar from Burda 7458.
Now this coat was constructed last year and I didn't take any photos of the alterations made to the main pattern. My apologies for this. The last thing to do where the buttonholes which I was going to make myself (by hand) but things got in the way, so I had them professionally done by Melbourne Tailoring at $4.00 per buttonhole - fantastic job, well worth every dollar.
Now to sew on the buttons - finally decided to use a toothpick to create the shank, so much easier putting the toothpick on top of the button, then all you do is take out the pick and pull the button up which will create enough space between the button and fabric.
Oh, poor Tiff, she's worked hard all day and just couldn't take it anymore!!!! She normally would be sitting on top of the coat as I worked.
I also placed a smaller button behind each button on the lining side so that the stitching would be hidden - a nice touch I think.
I also made my own shoulder pads, sorry no photos - but will definitely next time, as this was such a rewarding thing to do, and they turned out so much nicer than the commercially made ones. I used the above book - an oldie but a goodie. Definitely, if you're into tailoring - this is worth having.
Hard to see from this photo but the shoulder pads are not bulky and sit properly on the shoulder.
Yesterday was Jess' 24th birthday and although she had a lecture in the City, we made time to go out for lunch afterwards. She told me that she loved the coat that much that she didn't take it off, even during the lecture. However, the only thing wrong with the coat was that it didn't have pockets. I then promptly showed her the pockets, which were sewn into the seam - she was happy!!
Happy Birthday sweet Jess!!!!!