I’m missing my girl. She went off to university for the first time last week but before she went we spent the last few weekends working on this coat, or as I’m calling it, a talismanic maternal shield!
This was a last minute commission so we shopped the stash at home, making up a simple strip patchwork based on a fashion picture that my girl had saved from the internet ( see the brief picture below). Her brief was autumn colours, cosy and warm, with a fleece collar. We raided my dressmaking and quilting fabric for a range of quilting cordons, linens, indigo cottons, Indian block prints and some liberty scraps from my previous quilted gilet make earlier this summer.
We used the Wiksten Unfolding (Haori) pattern again ( I also used it for my version last winter) but we amended the collar to work for the weight of the teddy fur lining and extended the arms to allow for a fur fold back. As before we used wadding offcuts, mostly 100% bamboo pieces, often joining scrappy pieces together – this really is a thrifty make in comparison to the huge prices these finished jackets are making in the shops this season!
I hand quilted the stripes to give texture and the lining was a lovely soft ecru Merchant Mills striped linen with a fine pink stripe. The only purchase for this make was the toffee teddy fur and we used that as part of the lining for the collar and bottom of the arm lining to make a cosy cuff turn back.
Making something cosy and warm was succour for my raw momma heart as I prepared to wave this gentle girl off on a new adventure. I definitely worked through some anxieties in the stitching of this jacket – by the end I was as excited for the adventures that it would be going on as my girl 😉
The September sun that we enjoyed these last few weeks set the perfect scene for a little cornfield photoshoot on a dog walk last week. The golden autumn colours of this coat are so pretty for this season.
…and of course we have the perfect little dog to match!
Inside the jacket, close to her heart, I sewed a little Liberty Capel heart in my favourite red. Then we waved her off, wrapped safely in a coat of many colours that her mamma made for her, made just for her xxx