The fabric he used is red and white herringbone Harris tweed. He’d decided he wanted a red herringbone, and it just so turned out the only he could find was Harris tweed. Trust him to sniff out the most expensive option. Anyway, it’s lovely and he used his birthday money so it was a treat.
He ended up buying 4 metres of it as per pattern envelope (4 1/8 yards, which is actusally slightly more than 4 metres!). He actually had close to 2 metres left, how ridiculous is that! 2.5 metres would have been plenty, considering it was bought online and hence only avilable in 0.5 metre increments! That’s £52.50 he didn’t need to spend! I posted about this on instagram and Sarai from Colette Patterns responded, I can’t get to the whole comment on instagram online, but here’s most of it:
“I actually wrote a post a long time ago about this topic! One of the reasons fabric requirements aren’t always spot on is that it would be necessary to provide different layouts for every size, which makes things very complicated. Also, fabric widths vary, and a difference of just a few centimeters in width can totally change your [that’s where it’s cut off]”.
I do appreciate her responding, but pretty much 100% over what was actually needed is not just ‘not spot on’, is it? Anyway, at least there’s enough left to do something decent with. Could even get a jacket for me out of it probably, though matching fabrics might make us look slightly insane. We’ll figure something out.
The lining fabric is also wool, thinner and probably more of a wool mix. I think I got it off Debi in a swap years ago? We used some of it already to reupholster Milo’s chair, which it appears I’ve never actually blogged the finished result of. Oops! You can see it pre-upholstery here.
Dave made most of of the coat over the Christmas break, but only just finished it because he couldn’t find buttons that were exactly what he was after. Actually the elastic used to hold on the toggles which is fraying slightly, which is one one the couple of things that’s not quite right (which is not at all to diminish the amazingness of making such a lovely coat). The other one is the hem at the bottom. It pulls in at the bottom you can sort of see it in the second to last picture. We can’t figure out exactly what’s wrong, any sewers have any ideas?