A New, old book and a new challenge....

I bought a new book yesterday, well old new, from the local antique book shop. Had a good read last night and now have set myself a new challenge.

The book.....
A while back I made a jacket from the Burda 6993 pattern and was quite pleased with the result (see pic) but I really want something different. 

Many years ago (like 20!) I bought a lovely wool/cashmere long coat from a reputable UK store and spent a lot of money.  However it never really suited my because it didn't fit that well. so here is the challenge.... Using the Burda pattern as a block can I suitably change/adapt/add/edit etc to make something like this? (I love this wool style longer jacket, sort of pea coat style.) I just so happen to have 3m of lovely pure wool heavyweight cloth in black ready.

So far I have lengthened the panels by 2" and added just over an inch to the front centre and facings. This will give a deeper lapel when folded. I intend to alter the collar to make it wider. As for pockets etc? Who knows.

So far....Fronts marked and ready for cutting (Thank heavens for the lovely new tailors shears I got from Santa this Christmas!)

I love using chalk on wool -- makes me feel like a real tailor! Not sure how things will turn out but will keep you all posted.

Until next time.......

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