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|image by Mark Teague from Poppleton in Fall by Cynthia Rylant|
I do love the short swingy shape and hope to eventually make a red wool version with white buttons (but a red collar) like Cherry Sue's. Yes, I'm inspired by the illustrated coat of a fictional llama.
But first, I have to make the version that has been in my head for a while, based on a vintage jacket I used to own. It was way too big for me, so I got rid of it at some point, but it was perfect. Bright blue with white topstitching and a blue and white houndstooth lining, double breasted and swingy with a rounded collar like Anise, with big white pearly buttons. It was longer though, more like this leather version from the Sundance catalog:
I don't know what the fabric was; it was supposed to be a lightweight raincoat so my guess is some sort of synthetic. I bought a medium weight twill and a woven cotton for the lining with a different pattern in mind, Butterick 6805, chosen because I had it and it seemed within my reach (simple closure).
However, Anise fits the remembered jacket better, and the guidance of the e-book and sewalong will help me a lot. So I'm going with Anise even though I'm not using the suggested fabrics and I'll be adding some length.
Here's another Anise inpspiration-- more pea-coaty in the collar, though-- from the Sundance catalog. How I love that plaid.