Most of those coats are long gone, but I still own two: one is dress length in red wool, with very feminine lines, the other a more traditional shorter navy pea coat. My daughter has been swiping the shorter one for ice skating and running around town.
Until now, I didn't realize how much better built my old pea coat is compared to her wool coat we purchased from a department store a couple of years ago. Especially on the inside.
The body is lined with a nice wool and the sleeves are lined with a quilted wool/acetate and has ribbed cuffs that do wonders to keep the cold air out.
The sleeve lining is beginning to fall apart in a few places -- that happens after 30 years -- so I thought about just replacing the sleeve lining.
Then I noticed that the front of the jacket is a bit on the sad side.
|Those aren't moth holes!|
It carries a scar from my college years when I wrecked my Honda scooter and slid face forward on my belly through gravel. I wasn't hurt, but I was terribly embarrassed, as I landed at the feet of a group of football players. I was so relieved I wore a helmet -- the face shield kept me fairly anonymous while they helped me back to my feet.
Perhaps I should just make myself a new jacket, rather than re-line this sad one? To find the right pattern then! I like the double-breasted design, mainly because it helps with the warmth factor, and if it's not double-breasted, I must have something that warms my neck. I have owned too many "fashionable" coats that left my neck and chest cold.
I searched the usual spots - Butterick, McCall's, Vogue, then made the mistake of clicking on "other brands". It was love at first sight when I saw this Marfy coat. It is exactly what I had in mind! Double breasted, beautiful lines, angled pockets. Maybe a little too long? That's easy to fix. Hmmmm. I'm not sure I have the patience for a Marfy, though.
|This is the perfect style for me, but it's Marfy. Should I be afraid?|
|Does it make sense to use a men's pattern for myself?|