Gray Day Peacoat – Outerwear for PR&P

Don’t you love foggy days? ¬†Awesome for picture taking! ūüôā

So here is my actual entry for the Project Run & Play Sew-along. ¬†This week’s theme was Outerwear. ¬†I didn’t know much about sewing jackets/coats, so I started with a pattern to sew this blazer. ¬†I was able to sew it up pretty quickly last weekend so I felt like I was in good shape to make a coat next. ¬†Unfortunately, I was totally stuck on WHAT I wanted to make.

I searched for coat inspiration and pinned a bunch of stuff.  One idea that stood out to me was a two tone, or color blocked coat, like this:

found here

I went back and forth about this idea so many times. ¬†I bought 4 different shades of wool and couldn’t decide which combo to use. ¬†Then I picked the colors and couldn’t figure out if I wanted gray on top or cream on top. ¬† Should the color break be closer to the top of the coat or bottom?? ¬†Man, I wish I wasn’t so damn indecisive!!

Since I don’t like making decisions, I ended up stalling and stalling and I didn’t start making the coat until it was too late and I had no more time. ¬†I pretty much made this coat all in one night (I had to stay up REEEEALLY late). ¬†I took the pictures yesterday (Thursday) before work, edited the photos after work and loaded them into the¬†flickr¬†pool around midnight. ¬†Phew, that was close!

Anyways, I don’t have a ton to say about this coat. ¬†I’m very glad that I took the time to sew the blazer first from Melly Sew’s pattern because I learned what facing is and how a jacket is put together. ¬†I drafted a new pattern for a basic peacoat using what I learned about facing. ¬†I took the shape and ideas for the shoulder and cuff straps from a jacket I own. ¬†I wanted it to be a long coat, so it looked a bit fancy and added extra warmth. ¬†And now that it’s done, it reminds me of a navy coat.

What do you think?

I think the coat came out fine, but I wish it had something that made it more unique. ¬†I love this coat from Anthropologie and now I’m thinking I might try to add something cool on the back. ¬†My sister votes no. ¬†What do you think?

from here

One of the downsides to procrastinating and running out of time, besides the stress and loss of sleep, is that I didn’t get “finish” the coat. ¬†I feel like I would have added some fun detail somewhere, but didn’t even get to think about it. ¬†I would have loved to have made a hat or some type of accessory, but that wasn’t gonna happen. ¬†But the good news is, I’m not ACTUALLY out of time. ¬†Just because I didn’t finish it before the PR&P deadline doesn’t mean I can’t touch it again, right? ¬†So maybe I’ll work on it more. ¬†Just after I finish next week’s challenge . . . (and the dozen of other projects on my to do list :P)

The theme for next week is Party Wear/Special Occasion. ¬†I’m most likely going to make a dress for Yuki and I’ve started brainstorming ideas, but I’m pretty sure the same thing is going to happen again this week. ¬†I’m going to mull over dozens of ideas and change my mind a million times and then finally decide on something, scramble to the fabric store to whip something up that I’m not totally satisfied with in the end. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†Indecision is definitely one of the traits I’d like to change about myself most.

And here’s the outtake:

Hee hee hee, my little cheeseball.  I almost never get her to smile, so this was a miracle!!