I actually bought three lengths, in tan, red, and blue, all from Michael's, plus a length of matching lining from Denver Fabrics. I still have the receipt for the latter, dated June 2008!
|Tan coating (4.8 m) with matching lining (2.4 m) at an angle.|
|Sky blue (1.6 m) and fire engine red (3.0 m)|
I'm not quite sure why I got these lengths. It was in the early days of my sewing, and I was building up a stash, maybe? Or, probably more likely, I had had no idea whatsoever what lengths were needed for say, a coat (the tan), or a jacket (the red)? I think the blue was destined for my baby boy, but ahem, he's bigger than I now, and way too big now for such a miserly length to be useful for him. But, combined with the tan, it could make a colour-blocked jacket perhaps.
|I love how water beads on this fabric - clearly it's been waterproofed!|
I have two - the Simplicity 4084 (Threads) and McCall's M5525. I know there are others - Jalie, Marfy, and Burda, and will find them eventually for info purposes, but I plan on using a combo of the two I have.
I like the M5525 front & back flaps and rain tab on the collar stand. I prefer 4084's two piece sleeve, the direction of the side front pocket welts, and buckle on the belt. In addition, instead of what these patterns provide, I plan to make fold-over epaulettes (skinny underside), buckled rather than buttoned sleeve tabs, hanging tabs on the belt, and four instead of two belt holders.
The under collar will be bias-cut and show the wrong side. Buttons and buckles will be classic horn style. Top stitching? perhaps burgundy, to match the thin stripe of the underside and lining.
I know some of you out there have used this cloth - I'd love to post links to those successful projects, so if you know where they are, please post in the comments section - thanks! I'd also love to hear your comments and advice - this is a big project and your help will definitely go a long way to giving it justice!