Next, I went through my patterns to decide what to do. What I want is an elegant, yet rather funky coat that is fitted and 3/4 length. After looking through, I decided to use Vogue 8465. I will not use the collar as is, and it will not be double breasted, but it is a good shape for the bodice with modifications.
I have started making the muslin and fitting it. So, this is where I am to date. I hope to be a bit farther along by next week's Friday update.
The other thing I did was to order ribbons and buttons. I found a designer, Kristi Smart, whose work I admired when I looked through my back issues of Belle Armoire. I won't be quite so funky with my design, but I did want a unique rather than off the rack look, so I went looking for special embellishments. I have a few ribbons that I like, and I like to mix different ribbons together as you can see on my of my daughter's clothes such as the reversible Avalon jacket. So, I went online and found some ribbon from one of my favorite designers Laura Foster Nicholson, who also happens to be a tapestry weaver. I love her jacquard ribbons. Have a look at her site LFNtextiles. I also bought some ribbon a few years ago at Satin Moon Fabric Store in San Francisco. What a beautiful store! Anyway, I bought some Midori Chrysanthemum ribbon there and used it for a skirt I made. I had only a few inches left and although it is now no longer made, I found some and bought 5 yards of it. Finally, I was looking at special buttons and found some on a bead site which are Czech glass. So, I will be using two of those. I figured, since I am not using new fabric, I will buy some ribbons and buttons to make the piece special. When the ribbons and buttons come in, I will share a photograph of them.