Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My favorite coat

RIP, beloved blue coat.  I wore you the night I got engaged:

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I wore you on a really fun trip to Rochester to visit friends:

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I wore you to hang out with my husband:

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I wore you every chance I could get. I bought shirts and dresses to match you.

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I wore you until you looked like this:

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You started to get little rips in the lining and dirt on the collar and hems.

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The lining somehow became "ombre".

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Then I washed it and I really, really ruined it. It's from the 60's; you think someone would have washed it by now, right? The coat shrunk, but not the lining. The lining hangs out of the sleeves and the bottom. The sleeves which I once convinced myself were "bracelet length" now looked plain silly.

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She's ruined. And believe me when I say I have searched high and wide for something similar. This coat is PERFECT. The vibrant color perks me up on the dreariest days. The sleeves are perfectly slim and it fits better in the shoulders than anything I've ever owned. And the buttons! The collar! I am truly mourning the loss of this gem. But I can sew, right? This came in the mail last week:

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So did this:

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That's right kids, I'm going to sew a coat. Wish me luck.

9 comments:

  1. I did the same thing to the loveliest 50's rayon dress with matching cape - utter devastation (I hate paying for drycleaning). This was pre-sewing days so unfortunately I didn't get to to pull an Amy and remake the damn thing. Kudos dude. It's gonna be amazing!

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    1. Well, now's the time! Remake it! I keep thinking if I had only dry cleaned the thing, I could still be wearing it. Boo.

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  2. Oh, what a shame, because that coat is gorgeous. Are you going to keep the buttons, they would be lovely on the new one? Good luck with it! :)

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  3. Aw, so sad when a beloved item dies but how great you have the skills to make a new one. Good luck!

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  4. I like your ode to the jacket. The vintage pattern is great, so I look forward to seeing what you sew up.

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  5. Hi Amy, I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for a blog award. You can see the details here: http://mymessings.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/some-blog-awards.html

    Also, that's such sad news about your jacket! I wish you the best of luck recreating it!

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  6. Just a thought. I love that jacket. Could you not take it apart to make a pattern from it? The color was gorgeous and it looked so nice on you. Was it moire taffeta? P.S. Would you consider adding the gadget to allow a follower to subscribe via email? I would so appreciate it. thanks.

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    1. Yes, moire taffeta! I thought about cutting the coat and using it as a pattern, but it shrunk so bad. The sleeves are so short and tight.

      I will look into this email thing! My blogging skills aren't super high-tech.

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  7. Sorry about your coat! But there might still be a chance to restore it to its original condition. I know this store which offers a wide variety of coats, cashmeres, scarves, and other accessories. What’s great about it is that they also do repairs on coats. That’s where my cousin brings our coats when they need repair and cleaning.

    Joel Salmon

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