Doesn't this Kestrel Coat look ready for a night to the symphony? Though the name itself is a bird fitting to the Clever Charlotte girl who wears it, I have always fancied the name because it conjours in my mind a night on the town via open carriage (a la an 18th century opera coat).
Anywho, I have been itching to show you this latest Kestrel Coat that I sewed for Art Walk at Murray Hill Bolt & Spool a few weeks ago. The coat features two beautiful fabrics from Nan's shop--a gorgeous teal wool coating paired with an Anna Marie Horner's "Little Honey" voile. Both were tremendously rewarding to work with and made for a tremendously rewarding finished coat.
Living in a northern climate, wool coating has been something I have been wanting to sew with for some time. It was unexpectedly forgiving to work with--it didn't unravel and took to the coat's shaping fabulously. I was worried it would be a little thick to gather at the back and sleeves, but my fears were unfounded. The wool produced a very structured garment but not at the cost of comfort--the coat still drapes smoothly and isn't stiff at all. The cotton voile is a great choice for the lining as it has a very smooth, light hand that facilitates getting the coat off and on, even over bulky winter sweaters.
The seams of the coat were a little bulkier than they would be with, say, a corduroy, but I dare say even the topstitching went smoothly. See here, you can see one of the collars with topstitching and other without. Makes quite a difference, wouldn't you say?
I made the coat in a size 3T (my daughter's short arms probably warrant a shorter sleeve, but I took it to be a perfect opportunity to let a little of the lining peek through). Since both my fabrics were extra wide (about 54"), I needed only about 1 yard of each (slightly more for the wool since I chose to make both sides of the collar in the wool). I used 5 silver filigre buttons for the front.
Interested in sewing up a Kestrel Coat of your own? Nicole of Mother of 5 has just put together a step by step tutorial for the coat on her blog, so be sure to check it out!Happy Sewing! ~ Erin