£3.99 for 3.7 metres. Yup. After doing a burn test I concluded that it was propably 100% polyester, sadly, as I much prefer sewing with natural fibres. However I still love the colours and think it would make a great garment . On a side note, don't you love burn tests? Have you ever done one? It's really cool and I love that it makes me feel like a scientist. All you need to do is get a little off-cut of your fabric, burn it and observe the flame colour and behaviour and ash left over. You can then use this chart to determine the probable fabric content.
My found fabric is the perfect weight for a coat and originally I was going to post to ask what you thought I should make from it. Too late! I have already decided. A couple of glasses of wine was all it took for my favourite pattern to go from Etsy 'favourite' to my shopping basket.
This is it:
McCalls 2054 from 1969
I decided I wanted a double breasted number, as that's what this fabric was telling me that it wanted to be. And I usually prefer belted styles. This beauty ticked all the boxes - view A is just what I had in mind.
I am also considering adding a hood, using this pattern I have in my stash:
A nice New Look/Maudella number. By the artwork I am guessing it dates to the early 1980s. It was very nearly what I was looking for but with the flap at the back I thought that it would not be so good with this fabric - perfect for a slightly lighter fabric. I would make the hood detachable, probably buttoning in under the collar. It's just a thought at this stage so I will wait see how it comes together. I just love the idea of a coat with a hood, it's hard to find a smart coat with a hood and they are so much more practical than wrestling with an umbrella!
I also picked up a few sewing patterns when I bought this fabric. I have to admit that none of them are the right size for me, but at 29p to 49p each I couldn't resist, and I thought I could pass them on at another blogger meet up and swap event. Anyone else do this?
I have made a cape (also with charity shop fabric!) but never made a coat before. If you've made one I would love to know any tips you have or any links to resources you found helpful. I should really try out bound buttonholes for the first time - eep!
For now, I have other sewing projects I want to prioritise first, and am putting together my Autumn/Winter sewing plan.