I've been eyeing this coat pattern (McCall 5987) for quite some time. Isn't it a beauty .....
I haven't figured out why I'm so smitten with it but I think it's the versatility and drape of the coat. I never really paid attention to this coat but now I'm in love.
The challenge I face now is deciding which fabric to use. I think I'll need your help for this.
I have a beautiful wool fabric (90% wool, 10% acrylic) with two tones of color in it.
Here it is draped on my dress form
But I also have this wonderful gabardine which is a little lighter than the wool.....
I just can't decide. I've read reviews on this coat and I understand it runs a little big. I want to pick the fabric that doesn't make this too heavy. Also, I want to take into consideration the fact that this coat is unlined. If I use the wool, would I be comfortable with that? Or will I have to line the sleeves to make this coat easier to get into? Decisions, decisions! I plan to make a muslin of this on tonight to adjust the fit and get a better impression on which fabric I should use.
By the way I picked up the wool fabric at an incredible price at Fabric.com. I paid $6.99yd on sale (total $20.97 for 3 yards) which was far better than the $25/yd price I saw at Jo-Anns. Heck, even with a 50% off coupon this coat would have cost a little more than I wanted to spend. I also was able to take advantage of a few more goodies. As I mentioned before my local Hancock & Jo-Ann's is often limited on the fabrics I want so I don't buy fabric often but rather wait for a big sale to rack up.
So I was able to pick up a host of knits---which as you know IS MY FAVORITE FABRIC TO SEW!!! Lol! Here are 6 different ITY prints. I only purchased these in 2yd increments (for 1 I purchased 3 yds). These are great for cute little asymmetric tops, dresses, etc.
I also snatched up some velour that was discounted super cheap to do a couple of jumpsuits with.
So I'm trying to wrap up my sewing projects. I hope to be able to review 4 pieces before the month's end. Please give me your honest opinion on the fabric for the coat. Which do you think would be best---gabardine or wool. Both are recommended fabrics. Between your suggestions and my muslin I should be able to decide.
What say Ye?????