Burdastyle 9/2013 #103: The Brexit Coat Part II: A Plea For Help

The Brexit Coat has come on in leaps and bounds from its inception as a distraction from other things that should have been more important.

Remember when in my last post I confessed that I had started without a plan to such a degree that I didn’t even own the Burda magazine that the coat came from anymore and so didn’t have the option to trace the skirt pieces that I needed to make the Brexit coat a success?

Well, miracles do happen! Anne, the Compulsive Seamstress, came to me in my hour of need and offered to trace the missing part for me (she has a comprehensive Burda collection and clearly doesn’t do things as short sighted as throwing out old magazines just because she thinks a little tidying should be done). And she didn’t only offer and then retract her participation as is customary for the Brexit process. On no, she followed through:- only  a few days later the beautifully traced pattern pieces arrived in the post, making this the perfect Easter present! Thank you so much, Anne!

So this is where I am now: Bodice and skirt completed.

I rather like the sleeve construction where the raglan sleeves form a front and back yoke:

And look, this Brexit Coat has pockets – if that doesn’t send a message to the politicians I don’t know what will (although I do admit I have no idea what that message is, but I have a feeling that doesn’t matter in all things Brexit):


But now I’ve stalled again, and like last time when Anne gave me a helping hand I hope you, my dear readers, will now. Because I have more Brexit decisions to make and I don’t quite know what I want. Collar or no collar? Do I want a hard border between my coat and my neck?

On the left there is the Brexit Coat’s older, but little sister (and if you think that is a contradiction you’d better not believe anything that’s written on the side of a bus!). Do you think I should use that Peter Pan type collar again? Or maybe leave it collarless?

And how about buttons? Self-covered buttons like on the Little Sister Jacket? Or should I try and find something exciting?

And the the lining: Should I go with a plain white or light blue lining to match the colours of the fabric? Or use something snazzy? The biannual fabric market comes to town next Saturday, so I could find something there. On the other hand I have white lining in my stash and surely any Brexit Coat should be about self-sufficiency? Especially given that most vendors on the fabric market are in fact foreign?

I realise that my little blog doesn’t have many readers, much like the EU commission’s sadly under-appreciated 2004 leaflet “How to avoid mass immigration from Eastern Europe if you feel it’s not the right thing for your country at the present time”. But I’m still hoping for at least 27 votes on all the important issues for the Brexit Coat. Anybody can vote – you can add your own options and you don’t even have to have a dubitable human rights record in order to share your values with me.

In order to appeal to my British readers I have created a little referendum for you. I appreciate it’s a little more complicated than you are used to, because it has many options. But on the other hand you can click as many as you like and it will be my job to glean from your choices the Will of the People (TM) in order to deliver for you a blue white and blue Brexit Coat.

So please: Do vote! You know your vote counts! Just please, don’t delived a 50/50 verdict!





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15 thoughts on “Burdastyle 9/2013 #103: The Brexit Coat Part II: A Plea For Help

  1. Anne W April 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm Reply

    Here’s my 2p worth… I’d go with the collar, because it balances out the rever and the shape of the sleeves. Self covered buttons would work really well, but also you could pick out a colour from the fabric.. Either self covered or self-coloured! Lining – Tempting to go with white or blue, keeping it simple and raiding the stash, but I’d pop in something unexpected, after all it’s the Brexit coat…. 😉

    • Chris April 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

      haha, the last bit made me laugh out loud! Very thoughtful comment, almost a bit like listening to experts 😉

  2. Christine Schwab April 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm Reply

    I would have to go look for different lining and buttons, but settle if nothing jumps at you, begging for an escape hatch…I voted for no collar because I don’t like the Peter Pan style, at least not rounded… I am square all the way

  3. Tia Dia April 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply

    I’d go with a collar – I think you’d like it better, although I’m not sure about the Peter Pan style. Probably a notched collar would be my choice. And snazzy lining! Unexpected is de rigeur for Brexit, imho…

    • Chris April 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm Reply

      I agree with your expert advice re the collar. I tried a notched collar just now and I like it best. Listening to experts – that’s unexpected in itself 😉

  4. Marianne April 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm Reply

    Next door European neighbour joining in. Just voted and unlike with the Brexit situation I can see no possibly unfavourable outcome, all options will lead to a great coat! But of course trading with foreigners might give your coat that extraordinary multiculti vibe 😂

    • Chris April 17, 2017 at 10:42 pm Reply

      and who wouldn’t like a bit of multiculti, ey? I just need to make sure I really do buy from a Dutch trader on the fabric market!!!

  5. ellegeemakes April 17, 2017 at 10:14 pm Reply

    I think the collar choice depends on how the weather will be when you wear it? I have only one collarless coat because I find it uncomfortable to have my neck exposed most times of year around here. But it will be cute no matter what, unlike the consequences of Brexit.

    • Chris April 17, 2017 at 10:44 pm Reply

      Good thinking! While I like to imagine I live in the kind of climate that warrants collarless coats, of course I don’t…

  6. Thimberlina April 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm Reply

    Loved reading this, you English is amazing, I think you kid us that your German 🤣 you’re too witty and funny for it to be your 2nd language. I’ve voted and will edit with bated breath until polling ceases.

    • Chris April 17, 2017 at 11:56 pm Reply

      ahhh Ali, you have no idea how good it feels to read that! 🙂
      And good to hear that you appreciate my improved Brexit coat voting system – I feel being able to edit and amend the Will of the People (TM) is the way to go forward 😉

      • Thimberlina April 18, 2017 at 12:23 am

        I’ve just read my comment….you need to correct/edit my atrocious spelling! Get your red pen out Miss!!! 🙀

  7. tialys April 18, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

    I’d go with a collar but maybe not Peter Pan style and, as you have told me over on my blog, you like to use what you already have so I’ve voted for the self covered buttons and plain lining although exciting buttons and snazzy lining would also be good. I think I must be a floating voter.

  8. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) April 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm Reply

    yes to a collar, snazzy buttons and plain lining are my vote. I’m a traditionalist 🙂 this fabric is lovely and it will be so nice on you.

  9. […] the pre-Brexit negotiations it was felt across the board that a true Brexit Coat should harbour some… Well, I was at a loss what that could be, given that I was using a very nice, but borderline boring […]

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