The ‘Winter Boyfriend’ coat
Just the facts, Ma’am:
Fabric: 3 metre of 70 wool/30 viscose blend ($23 per metre), 2.5 metres of vintage acetate moire lining ($3)
Pattern: Style 1671, frankensteined with other patterns
Notions: thread, 4 buttons (inherited from Nana), interfacing ($7 per metre)
And the insides? Fully lined, with lace & bias hemming.
Hours: 13. I swear I re-set those side seams half a dozen times each getting them to hang right.
First worn?: Monday 20 August
Wear again?: Yes, but I’m hoping that by the time I get back from 3 weeks in Hawaii I won’t need it again until next winter!
Make again?: Nope. No pattern love from me.
Total cost: $77ish
Last week’s theme was ‘music’, and this week is ‘collars’, and while my garment for this week has a collar, the real inspiration was a piece of music: ‘Winter Boyfriend‘ by International Economy. Sometimes life and sewing and blogging isn’t tidy and straightforward!
There is a story to this music. A year and some ago, a dear friend of mine (this friend) thought of a song. She wasn’t a musician, or a songwriter, but she had a song: a brilliant, witty, topical song. Instead of writing it in her journal and forgetting about it, which is probably what I would do, she decided to actually turn this song into something. And so she found a musician to form a band, and she learned to perform it, and then she went further, and decided to make a music video. So she found people who could do videography, and editing, and scripts, and she got all her friends together and filmed a music video.
This is were I come in. I was invited to be in the video, but I was madly busy working on end-of-semester-marking and a friend’s wedding (and dress) so I missed the shoot party. :-(
And I am so sad. My friend did something mad and brilliant and creative, and I missed it. So this coat is my homage to my friend’s mad, brilliant, creative idea.
It’s also my homage to my adopted city: my heart may belong to my little island in Hawaii, but I do love Wellington, cold and windy as it can be.
‘Winter Boyfriend’ is the perfect Wellington song: it’s quirky and ironic and quite modest and homegrown, despite how international it is, and you know pretty much everyone in it, and every locations. So I’ve tried to make a coat that fits Wellington, and shoot it in a way that would fit into the song.
Dear Tuatara, won’t you be my Winter Boyfriend?
C’mon and be my Winter Boyfriend
The coat is definitely more of a winter boyfriend coat than a life partner coat. I made up the pattern exactly as it is, and then had the horrified realisation that I looked like a big purple triangle.
So the coat came apart, and I borrowed the clever dart from another pattern and set pockets into the dart. It helps a lot in some ways, but messes with the line of the coat in others. It’s not bad, but I’ve had my fling with this pattern: you won’t be seeing me making it up again. I enjoy wearing it, but more in a ‘at least it’s warm and not black’ way, not a ‘I love this coat and how I look in it’ way.
It’s also having a nasty hem issue (that isn’t about the hem itself, but how the lower edge of the coat is hanging). I know what needs to be done to fix it, I just don’t know if I can be bothered – yet.
It does have some bits that make me very happy, like the collar, the big shiny black buttons, and the sky blue lining!
Mmmm….sky blue lining…
The photoshoot was super easy: I just borrowed all the filming locations from the music video! They are all classic Wellington landmarks. And I put on my biggest, silliest, most winter-y-est faux fur hat, for maximum madness.
And, of course, I had to have my own winter boyfriend pick-up line. Do you like it?