Simple Pleasures by Cynthia cynthia111 is an inspiring image almost daily. Her backyard is located in heaven, but she has reminded me that heaven is also located in my backyard.
I therefore surmise that heaven can be found anywhere I care to have a look for a simple pleasure.
I look in my closet. It’s mostly black, due to practical needs. I don’t fit into everything in there, and why did I buy that $500.00 Catherine Malandrino skirt? Right, I got it for $275.00. Then I see my Roses Coat. I take it out and put it on my Judy.
This is my Dream Coat that I dreamed of 15 years ago. I designed it from inspiration found in the clothes of the late 60′s from Janis Joplin to Jimi Hendrix to Sly Stone and on and on.
When I saw the fabric at a local jobbers, I instantly recognized it as my Dream Coat’s Fabric. It’s a low nap mid-weight velvet, black with pink and red roses. It’s romance with rock.
I made the pattern myself on the dining room table . I used a size 6 block. I didn’t want to cut into the roses with panel lines or darts, but I wanted a nice fit. So, I manipulated the front shoulder and bust darts into a French dart that starts at the waist, runs more or less under the arm and ends 3 cm. from the bust point.
I made sure the repeat print of the roses was not matched side to side or sleeve to sleeve. To be 60′s I need a random feel. I cut it full length to make most of the print.
It’s got a large Fly collar and a fake roll to the top button position. It has velvet loops, but I haven’t sewn the buttons on yet. (Been waiting years for the pleasure).
The back has a waist seam, and is split from the high hip to the hem. (in case you need to go horseback riding.) It’s lined in black kasha lining.
The trumpet at the bottom of the fitted sleeve is lined in a french cut silk velvet.
The final touch was the three tucks on the crown of the sleeve.
Well, there it is, my Dream Coat.
I haven’t worn it yet, Why? I’m not sure. I have many coats that were never Dream Coats, but I like wearing them a lot.
So why do I not wear my Dream Coat?
I’m still figuring that one out. Maybe it’s because it’s what I think it is, a Dream Coat not a Reality Coat. One thing I know for sure is that when I take it out of the closet, I get a lot of joy and satisfaction just looking at it.