I got my fabric washed and hung to dry last night and so I'm ready to go with a new coat for myself. I'm going to make another version of Butterick 5685.
first version I made in the Fall of 2011 and I've been wearing it as my winter coat ever since. I wear a wool sweater underneath it when it is particularly cold, but for the most part, it is a very cozy country winter coat.
What I'd like now is a city coat.
My plan is to make the Butterick coat in its shortest length, and give it at least two inside pockets so I have places to put my stuff. When I go to the city, I hate carrying a purse -- not because I'm afraid of purse snatchers -- but because I hate having my hands perpetually tied up with holding something, so I've decided pockets are a must.
My fabric is a smoke colored dark charcoal wool melton that I got from Fabric.com a couple of years ago. I really bought it as more of a jacket rather than a coat fabric so it's not that really thick coating melton, but the lighterweight jacket variety. I think it'll be fine, though.
So why am I making a new coat this late in the season, with Spring just around the corner? We're planning another trip into Boston, to see the Dropkick Murphys in concert, and I need a new coat :o) With any luck, I'll get a new pair of shoes, too. Specifically, these from http://www.onlineshoes.com. Classy or what?