Hand-Appliqué Winter Coat

About ten years ago I made a coat for my, then, twelve year old daughter Chelsea-Lyne. I was inspired by an article in a winter publication of the Victoria Magazine with a photo-spread of Scandinavian coats.

Photographer Toshi Otsuki
 
I used red and black stroud that I had in my stash of fabrics from when I lived in the Northwest Territories. I made my own version of the design you see in the photo above. I spent many hours hand-appliquéing each piece. Once completed she wore it everyday for two winter seasons. What was I thinking! She rolled in the snow, went skating and tobogganing. To my surprise it held up very well.

 
Unfortunately, when she outgrew the coat it was just a little too small for me to wear. I always thought that I should make a coat for myself since I would definitely get more wear out of it.
 

This photo was taken after the coat had been worn for two seasons.

 
 
 

Chelsea-Lyne

 

Chelsea-Lyne

 
  I decided that the time has finally come for me to make my own coat. I already had a Vogue pattern for a coat that I liked. Here is one of my many projects in progress.  The appliqué for the two-piece collar is almost complete. The appliqué pieces are designs taken from Michele Hill’s William Morris in Applique.  I am thinking of outlining each appliqué piece with jade coloured beads. Nothing like adding more hours of work to a project. 

I am making the shorter version of this coat.

 

Completed collar

 

Semi-completed collar

 
 
Stay tuned for updates on this project in progress.
 
 
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3 thoughts on “Hand-Appliqué Winter Coat

  1. thats going to be lovely.

    I’ve been planning another applique coat for myself, except slightly less tasteful with dragons all over it

  2. threadlore says:

    Thank you for stopping in. I look forward to your future posts about your appliqued coat. Will you be using Chinese dragons or mythical-looking/fantasy-type dragrons?

    • I haven’t really decided yet – it may well be a mixture of the two. I know what colours I want, so I can’t really do anything until I get my cloth at the market in march. I think better with scissors in my hands – some people find this a worrying trait

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