This coat is special.
Not just because it’s my first. Not just because I feel super accomplished for having gone back to an old WIP. Or feel a little smug about how quickly I completed it while still high on the fumes of moto jacket success.
It’s not the new techniques and skills I applied (flannel interlining, complex collar construction, roll lines and bagged linings a-go-go) that make it special. Or my willingness to unpick and redo better (or just correctly) a second, and sometimes third, time.
It’s special because this wool, this beautiful classic herringbone wool, belonged to my late grandmother. I inherited it when she passed away. The anniversary of that date is fast approaching and I’ve been feeling uneasy for weeks.
But, working on this coat, feeling the fabric, smelling that old-stored-in-an-overstuffed-closet smell I will always associate with my grandma’s hoarding, thinking about wearing it and how it’d be like getting a warm hug every time…It was glorious.
But wearing it is even better.
It’s the Granny Gerard.
This is the third time I’ve worn it. It’s the perfect thing for Brooklyn’s current crazily varying temps. Cool in the morning, humid in the afternoon, bone chilling in the evening. It’s ideal for chunky sweaters and running around all day with kiddos. Which is what I was doing when these photos were taken. They pretty much think I’m a sewing rockstar now that I’m making jackets and coats, lol.
That’s the exact kind of thing I always wish I could share with my grandma. She delighted in hearing stories about them and I loved to share them. This is the thing I miss most, late at night when I imagine her reactions to their antics.
I also imagine she would think that it was silly to use this old wool for a coat. And would certainly have thought that pdf patterns (in French no less!) were some kind of lazy seamstress witchcraft, lol. I know she’d be pleased at the overall cost of the project, though. Current fabric prices scandalized her. But scoff at my having paid for the buttonholes ;)
Would she like this lining? I dunno. Maybe.
Think this contrast under collar a little ridiculous? Signs point towards yes.
Would she have still said good job and been secretly pleased that the grandchild most like her also inherited her skill and love of sewing?
Pattern :: Manteau Gerard
Fabric :: Wool from my late grandma’s fabric stash, flannel for interlining and a yellow penguin print crepe for the lining purchased ages ago from Fabric.com. The under collar fabric is a scrap from Mood.
Notions :: Buttons from Mood (buttonholes courtesy of Jonathan’s)