I'm pretty happy I persevered with this plaid wool-blend version of Vogue 1212, a "Today's Fit" Sandra Betzina pattern
Even though there's some strange lumpiness where the lining meets the facing — right over my bust, unfortunately:
That's OK. I can just wear it open:
Or keep my back to the audience (the seam lines on the back are pretty darn cute, after all):
The fabric was pretty unforgiving, and I'm giving the rest away to a lucky reader who I hope has an easier time working with it (you know who you are):
I love those seam lines. What I don't love is a coat that needs to be ironed twice daily in order to look sharp enough to wear out of the house. Let's just call this a wearable muslin. Oh, you wanted to see the collar up, did you?
I think it looks spacey with the collar raised. Not my favorite. (That's my diplomatic way of saying, "I hate it."
I still love this design even though this version of Vogue 1212 is not my new favorite made-by-me item. I'll likely wear it occasionally (I did actually sport it to a Broadway show last week; I took Peter from Male Pattern Boldness as my date to Grace. I had the opportunity to review it for this website I write for.
So I'll just have to wait until I have more money in my budget for a nice wool that's a little more forgiving before I make this again (maybe next time in a nice black with a crazy lining — and with a hood instead of the collar? That's my (far-off) plan.
In Hurricane Sandy news, it's just starting to get blustery here in the Bronx, and we're all ready for a day at home — no school for my kid, and my husband's office has everyone working from home for the day. There may be some chocolate chip cookies in my future today. Or an apple pie.
Also, if you haven't entered my Hurricane Giveaway, please do. If not for you, for a friend. Give it as a holiday gift! (Say that YOU made it. I won't be around to tell them otherwise).