My trip to the west coast was fantastic. It was just the tonic that this winter-worn man needed. Birds singing, flowers blooming, sunshine, PLUS the chance to hang out with my amazingly talented and beautiful daughter.
My coat proved to be very travel worthy. I wore it on the plane both coming and going, and never felt that I was wearing a wrinkled mess. In these photos it hasn’t seen an iron since leaving Maine. It’s been worn in the car for an hour (it was 27 degrees when I left), on a bus for two more hours and in the air for at least six. So practical, Yes….. but stylish? Get this…
I’d only been in the Portland bus/train station a couple of minutes when a young guy walked by and said “nice coat!”. Jackpot! When another guy comments on your clothing you know you’ve nailed it.
These photos were all taken at Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland, CA.
The slightly curved double piping pockets really do stay closed!
I’m really pleased with fit across the upper back. There’s a lot of waist suppression to this pattern, which makes for a flattering fit.
So ends my journey into the lapel-less jacket, a style that I previously thought was completely ridiculous. I like it so much that I’m thinking about making it again in a lighter fabric and with less structure. Red linen maybe.
Now if only the snow would melt (sigh).
Happy Spring sewing to you all!