Operation Houndstooth

I know the rest of the US are probably still recovering from the unbearable heatwave this summer, but its actually been abnormally cold here in the bay area. When I wake up shivering from the opened window, I start my day by day dreaming about sewing that perfect piece of wool that never frays, and a silky lining that allows me to slip in and out of the coat like a fish.

What coat shall I sew? I had been eyeing the oversized coat on burda magazine 082009, coat 116. I couldnt find its picture anywhere on the web, nor could i find anyone who had actually sewn it. I think its actually quite a tricky garment — it is extremely loose at the bodice. On variation A, it looks plain and not interesting and suited for a rather tall woman. On variation B, it is cute and chic and the girl looks rather petite. However, I am not sure if its because she clinched her waist in, or because that fabric is just so darn cute.

Variation A

Variation A

Variation B

Variation B

Given my small statue, I have a better chance at looking normal with a fitted coat. But I so love 116B. I looked quite a few times for that HUGE houndstooth patterned fabric, since I cannot imagine doing it with anything else. so far, no luck…

So I turn to you! Have you heard of any rumors about this coat 116? Have you even seen a houndstooth as big as your fist? I would be so grateful for any pointers! if not, what do you think of the following coating material I have in my stash, which one would you pick for this coat?

fabric 1 purple squares

fabric 1 purple squares

fabric 2 purple solid wool

fabric 2 purple solid wool

fabric 3 funky fabric I bought when i was probably hallucinating

fabric 3 funky fabric I bought when i was probably hallucinating

fabric 4 striped gray

fabric 4 striped gray

fabric 5 gray/black squares

fabric 5 gray/black squares

I am leaning towards giving up on the houndstooth and picking either 4 or 5. What do you say?

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