No no, don’t worry, this is still a sewing blog. Although, truth be told I am actually quite a political person – and in fact I used to have a political blog for a short while, but I wasn’t profitting much from it: I got worked up about things ranting and raving while my very few readers would, I suspect, quickly avert their eyes in what I can only imagine must have been exasperated embarrassment.
But given my history it is no surprise that Brexit has upset and saddened me. I personally profitted so much from Britain being a member of the EU, enabling me to study, live and work there and to make my journey into adulthood there. Living in Britain has enriched my life and while having these experiences will be still available for my children, they will still be more complicated to achieve and less within their reach.
But of course the UK has decided its independence is what counts, and so, in order to stop moaning and to get with the programme I decided to make the Brexit Coat.
- The Referendum
Now, really I had decided not to sew more coats. It really isn’t sensible, given that I have any number of coats, amongst them two spring/summer coats that I have rarely worn (one of them not at all in fact). So reason really dictated to stop sewing outerwear and concentrate on other things that are missing from my countr … ehem, wardrobe.
But ON THE OTHER HAND!!! Who am I to have my sewing dictated by outside influences?? Who am I to listen to experts about my wardrobe such as myself – or reason?? I just felt I needed to take back control of my sewing and so I decided I would, in fact, sew yet another coat.
Ok, I was also enabled to make that decision by a complicit shop who shoved some new and shiny boucle fabric right in front of my eyes when my resolve was weakest and I needed to be distracted from other problems. Plus it was cheaper than normal boucle fabric. I believe, the shop’s main interest wasn’t my well-being but its own bottom line. But that is as maybe, Brexit Coat it is.
2. The Declaration
Here I can show my committment to the cause and the fact that I have already learned from the Brexit process. No use in dragging things out, I bought the fabric on day 1 and declared for a coat on day 2. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Theresa May!
There was some sort of thought process going on: I think I want a coat like the one Stefanie from Sea of Teal made. Isn’t it amazing? She used this Burda pattern, which I don’t own.
Now, I subscribed to Burda for years (though I brexited from my subscription very recently) and I feel that I should not have to pay for access to Burda in the future!
Incredibly, Burda decided to cheat me out of my rights and play tough and did not give me the pattern without payment. Quite a shocker how they continue with project Fear!
So I decided I make this at home for nothing, looked at some old Burda patterns and thought I could make it work relying on thepatterns I already have
This means I need a princess seam bodice and skirt portion. What springs to mind is the Russian General Coat which has just that.
However, I want a fold-over collar, so I might take the one of my Spring’s Around the Corner Coat.
But stop, because my fabric has a stripe, I think different stripe directions would look fun. Cue the Don’t Tell the Sewing Police Jacket: This has raglan sleeves that meet at the back to form the yoke, thus creating fun opportunities for stripe placement.
But then, the sleeves are a little pouffy here, so I might need to take a little bit off them.
So, to cut a long story short, because who needs a plan when you can have action, I started cutting the bodice this morning, before realising that none of the skirt pieces of the Russian general coat would fit, because they consist of four pattern pieces while the bodice only has three.
Tss, detail!!! The devil does lay in the detail! Who would have thought.
No problem, I thought, I can just go back to Burda 9/2013 and trace the skirt portion that goes with another version of this coat. But hold on, I don’t have this Burda anymore, I threw it out in an ill-advised bout of Kondo-ing my sewing room a few weeks back.
So really, it turns out I have no plan and only the faintest clue of how to fake a plan with the Brexit Coat already declared and the first cut already made.
But a guy down the pub (you know, the one who downs a quick pint even at 11 o’clock in the morning and is happy to be photographed doing so) told me that while it was true he had no idea about sewing he was still sure it would be fine and I should just go ahead and do it already.
So that’s were I am today with the Brexit Coat.
Now, many sewists have stated how sewing has such a positve effect on other areas of life. Maybe this works too with the Brexit Coat? Maybe if I manage to make a success out of this coat, Brexit will be a success too? It might be worth trying, and it certainly isn’t worse than finding common values with the governments of the Philippines or Saudi Arabia, don’t you think?
So I will report on the progress of the Brexit Coat – hopefully this will happen in a lot less than two years.