Even before I started cutting the mint green fabric of my flipped pea coat, I knew that the coat wouldn’t live long if I would have Norah go to school with it. The school’s playground is, for the most part, a giant sandbox, filled not with white bright private-beach-on-Aruba type of sand, but rather with brown is-this-a-sand-box-or-a-construction-site kind of sand. The yellow coat I made last year, never really got perfectly clean after being worn for a week.
To my own surprise, after spending many, many, many hours on the Mint & Mustangs coat, I still felt like making a second jacket. To save time, I decided to make the exact same coat again, just in a fabric which is easier to keep clean. I found this dark blue speckled, roughly woven fabric at a creative fair which was organized a few months ago in Hasselt. It came from a shop of which I had never heard, but which turned out to be not far from my door: Obade Naailabo in Antwerp.
I combined it with gold piping , and used the same buttons as I used for my mint version.
The batting I used is Quiters’ Dream Wool, a 100% wool batting which is softer than soft, and super light. For the lining, I went for Stamped Grove Knit, a gorgeous fabric designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics (bought here). It was a bit of a risk to join knits with non-knits, but it actually turned out not to be difficult at all. And I had half a yard left, just enough to make a matching infinity scarf. In the sleeves, I used Venezia lining fabric, so that the coat is easy to put on and off.
The combination of the wool and knit gives a super light yet really warm coat, fluffier than fluffy! Like I already said in my post about the Mint and Mustangs coat, using a natural batting rather the cheap synthetic ones I used in the previous years, makes SUCH a difference. It’s really worth the extra expense. And I might just use knits as coat lining all the time from now on – it gives such a soft and sweet touch to the jacket. Art Gallery’s tagline, ‘Feel the difference’ applies to their knits even more than to their wovens.
While I feared that Norah would insist on wearing her first coat all the time, she actually said she likes the blue one better. Say what? A four-year-old girl who likes blue and trees better than pink and horses? Should I consult a doctor?
I’m getting started on my next Miss Matatabi Makers project today. Hope you all have a great weekend! You can still vote for your favorite Flip This Pattern coat, here.