A new hope – coat muslin

22Jan12

My husband’s first reaction to my muslin of Vogue 1276 was to proclaim “You should not have come back, old man!”. I’m not entirely sure if it was Obi-wan Kenobi or Darth Vader he was reminded of. Personally I quite like it – and Jedi normally wear their robes ankle-length, not mid-calf.

I haven’t got a picture of the back where the hood is sitting straight. It has a tendency to lie in funny positions when worn down. I can also see I’m going to have to take out all the extra length I added to the bodice. The actual back waist length on this pattern is about two inches longer than what’s given on the size chart. They didn’t match up when I measured the tissue, but the difference was so big I assumed I was measuring the wrong thing and went by the size chart – which incidentally had a slightly different measurement in the version inside the envelope than the one on the back of it. This is the first time I’ve tried a “Today’s Fit” Vogue, but I have to say based on this I’m a “Yesterday’s Fit” girl!

I really like the effect when the hood is worn up, and the hood was the reason I chose the style in the first place.

I ordered this pattern before Christmas, having fallen in love with the envelope picture. When it arrived I started to have second thoughts. It needs a huge amount of fabric because the skirt is cut on the bias, and the instructions are disappointing. I was expecting something a cut above normal pattern instructions from this range. However based on the muslin I think I shall go on and make this up. I’ve got a piece dark grey boiled wool from Stone Fabrics that might just be large enough.

And by the way, I’m afraid I haven’t been leaving many blog comments this week. It’s not through lack of trying; I’m suddenly having real problems commenting on Blogger blogs. The word verification always comes back incorrect. I’ve even been to look on Blogger’s Known Issues page and there’s no help there. So I’m not ignoring anyone on purpose, just hoping this gets fixed soon.



10 Responses to “A new hope – coat muslin”

  1. Oh, that made me laugh (your husband’s comment)!

    But I just know your coat is going to look wonderful. As others have observed: you have great style and seem to know what suits you best. But those bias skirts – ouch! in the purse department!

    Re the comments…I had the same issue for months last year! I just couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Suddenly it’s okay again and I don’t know why. I definitely have trouble leaving comments on Blogger blogs when I’m not signed in to my own even now.

  2. Not sure if it will help but I wrote a blog post a few years ago after taking a class with Sandra about what’s different about Today’s Fit patterns – in the drafting. You can find it at:

    http://blog.myrnagiesbrecht.com/2010/04/whats-different-about-todays-fit.html

    • Ooh, thanks! That has cleared up a few things that were puzzling me – like the very forward position of the side seams and the unusually well-fitting sleeves! Based on your list, my figure is definitely closer to ‘standard’ Vogue than to ‘Today’s Fit’. But knowing what’s going on is half the battle.

  3. Oh, I think this will be great once you’ve sewn it up in a color. All muslin looks a bit Tatooine chic to me ;-)

    Good luck with blogger! I’ve noticed this week that commenting when I’m not logged in has been a bit wonky.

  4. ooh, this is going to be quite amazing! I just love the hood!
    And I’m with you, I’m more of an old-Vogue fit too… and am hoping like mad they do not phase those out!
    I’ve dropped the word verification thing on my blog now. I don’t think I’m the target of much spamming, so I don’t see the point!

  5. Your husband’s comment cracked me up. I think when you actually make it up in a proper fabric, you will like it. the fit looks okay though. As for the blogger comments glitch. You are not the only one. Someone mentioned it to me too.

  6. Star Wars = style in my book!
    Actually this looks like it’s going to be an amazing coat, but excellently observed comment by your husband!! Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog by the way – nice to visit you too:-)

  7. I think it’s going to be amazing! Although, nothing wrong with a little star wars chic!

  8. Hi Catherine – I’ve been having exactly the same problem with posting comments. Let me know if you find an answer!

  9. Wow Catherine I’m staying glued to this blog so I can follow the progress of your coat. Love the stuff you have been sewing. Superstylin :P



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