The beast has been vanquished, and the Dream coat is finally done! Overall I’m quite pleased with it. I learned a lot: messed some things up, asked and answered a lot of questions, and then made more questions. It’s very comfortable to wear and feels solid like armor with all that quilting. Dream armor. I hope it lives up to its inspiration. I wanted it to feel like a story; like every time you look at it you notice some new detail, some new secret.
Here’s a shot when it was still missing collar and sleeves. You can see some of the quilting of insanity.
Detail shot. Note the pocket flaps– I think they turned out pretty nicely.
I also inherited some wonderful brass buttons that seemed to have arrived just for this project.
Here it is in all it’s glory:
Sleeve detail. The two stripes are a bit of an artist’s mark– I thought I might make them a common thread (haha) on all the coats. They represent the old magpie rhyme:
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told.
Truth be told, I rather liked the secret-never-to-be-told, but seven was a bit more than I could deal with. So joy it is.
Back detail. I vented it in the shoulders and gave it a box pleat at the tail. I drafted both of these into the pattern and they were one of the toughest parts, having never done them before and adding them in– there was a lot of “what the hell am I doing… please please please don’t let me mess it up” Hopefully the next ones will be a bit more graceful. Many thanks to all the wonderful bloggers out there whose tutorials, tips and tricks helped save my sanity on this.
Some lining detail. You can see the top on my hem facing there because I fucked up. Pleat fail. Everything is ruined.
The front facings are more simple and have silver flames and stars embroidered on. There’s a bit of ribbon piping between lining and facing as well.
And here you can see the hidden inner pocket. Because pockets!
Detail of the inner collar. The collar stands up, so this is rarely visible. It’s meant as a secret moment just for the wearer; something just for you. It’s a quote from Sandman and reads:
“Sometimes you wake up.
Sometimes the fall kills you.
And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
So it’s done. Sweet dreams.