My coat collection has reached critical mass

14 Nov

Coat: Merona

Dress: Simplicity 2360, blogged here

Belt: Forever 21

Tights: Hue

Boots: Target

Worn: To take my Mom out for her birthday brunch at the Seelbach hotel Oak Room.

If you’re ever in Louisville on a Sunday, I highly recommend the brunch at the Seelbach hotel.  The Seelbach is a lovely historic hotel (famous for being mentioned in The Great Gatsby.) Cheap it is not, but the brunch is totally worth it!   My Mom had never been (I’ve been lots of times with my classical music friends,) so I wanted to take her for her 55th birthday.

I’ve decided I should make a second of these dresses – I really just love this one, and I always get positive comments.  I’m planning an order from fashion fabrics club, so I’ll try to get something that will work.  This one is a peachskin, and any drapey (but not too light) fabric will work.  I’m thinking of trying it with a long sleeve shirt under it soon, so that I can extend the season.

Marc went to a scrabble tournament out of town yesterday(yes, he does play competitive Scrabble,) so to entertain myself I hit the thrift stores and Target.  At Target I was able to fulfill two of the items on my “must have” list for Fall (I do have this list, but I’m cheap enough that it takes me forever to finish it off!)  I have wanted a faux leopard jacket for ages and ages, but the price of the true vintage ones put me off, not to mention the trouble I have getting vintage jackets to fit.  This coat was on clearance for only $20, so that’s something to check out if you’ve also been wanting one!  It’s nice and soft, with a good quality lining and buttons.  The only thing I would say as a criticism is that it doesn’t have any pockets.  I spent all morning wanting to jam my hands in my pockets to no avail – I guess it’s time to buy some gloves!

I got the Mossimo boots at Target as well.  I have been wanting a pair of brown boots, as well as some scrunch-type boots, and these fill both.  I had to go down 2 sizes (to a size 7) to get them to fit – maybe it’s because I don’t wear thick socks with boots.  I’d link to them, but they don’t seem to be on the Target website yet.

I had a pretty good day thrifting – I got some skirts to size down and shorten, and a long J.Jill jacket that will be great over dresses.  But what I’m really excited about?  This coat!

It’s a size small, wool boucle trench coat from the Gap.  I’ve been wanting to join the trench trend, but I’ll be honest – camel doesn’t suit me, and I’m not the biggest on waist ties.  This was I can do it for five dollars, so if I end up hating it there’s no real loss.  I have a ridiculously large coat collection, especially considering I’ve only worn a coat maybe 3 times so far this year.  I can’t wait for it to get colder so I can work in this one.  In the meantime, it’s living in my freezer for a bit just in case (I can’t wash it the way I did everything else, but I’m not due to the drycleaners for awhile… I’m not really paranoid, but better safe than sorry.)

I’ve been working on my dress – the instructions are of the type that frustrate me, a lot of matching squares and circles.  Hopefully it turns out nicely, and I’ll have a report soon!

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13 Responses to “My coat collection has reached critical mass”

  1. mick November 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Love them both, especially that last one! I bought a new coat at Macy’s last weekend, but yesterday I discovered an awesome thrift shop in town, with a huge rack of vintage coats. I found a wonderful, jewel-toned, 100% virgin wool coat that fits like a dream for 45 bucks, and it was such a hard battle not to get it. The lining needs some work; do you have experience with that? Can they be repaired, or is it best to take it to a tailor to have it redone?

  2. nettie November 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Love it! I went to the thrift store today and got a Ralph Lauren cord blazer for 7 bucks! It fits perfectly!

    • stitchywitch November 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

      Ooh, good find! I’ve been looking for a good cord blazer, but I only seem to find cheap ones that are too short for me!

  3. Farah November 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Lovely coat. I made simplicity 2360 with cotton voile, and it came out really nice. A little stiffer than peach skin, but i like how full the ruffles are with the crisper fabric. see it here http://farahmakesstuff.blogspot.com/2010/10/where-reclusive-blogger-peeks-her-head.html

    • stitchywitch November 14, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

      It’s really cute – I like it in the voile! I hadn’t thought of a cotton fabric, but that works really nicely.

      • Farah November 14, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

        thanks!

  4. angie.a November 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Ok, you did NOT say “I can’t wait til it gets colder”. :D You don’t strike me as a cold-lovin girl! Love the coats, the first one is my favorite. My sister’s birthday is today. Happy Birthday to your mom!

    • stitchywitch November 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

      No, I’m not a cold weather person at all – I just want it to be cold enough to wear a coat, just not, you know, actually cold. Sadly, these things seem to go together!

  5. Deborah November 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    Hi. I loooove the coat. I’m looking back at all your previous blogs on knitting and sweaters (which took quite a while) but I’m glad I did. You give such good information and reviews. So I ordered some wool from knitpicks; they deliver to Canada too. I live on the west coast (Vancouver Island) and we are supposed to be getting a really cold winter. ug. So thank you for all your posts that guide me in the right direction in honing my craft. Thanks. And I love scrabble too but not for competitions or anything.

  6. Betty November 15, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    That’s a nice coat!

    I love coats, even though I live in a warm climate. But at some point I decided it was o.k. to have more coats than I actually need.

  7. jayayceeblog November 15, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Love your outfit — cute boots. Great deal on the trench coat!!!

  8. Stacy November 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Wow! Just yesterday I was saying that I wanted to look for a faux leopard coat. Thanks for the Target tip.

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