Wildly Neutral

Well, here I am again in another coat.
But this time it is one made from the most luxurious butter soft faux suede I have ever laid my hands on. Seriously, the softest. I am pretty sure that real suede wouldn’t be as nice and it is the same on both sides too! People! Do you understand that this makes the possibilities endless, endless I tell you!
One of those possibilities is fringe.
(Cutting my own fringe still won’t leave my brain. Fringe bag, fringe added to boots, fringe skirt, fringe…fringe..fringe …fringe!!!)
Β I found it at Fabricville and it comes in so many gorgeous colors that it was difficult to choose one. I went back and forth between the navy and the berry colors…many times. Now you are asking….” So why are you wearing a camel colored coat?” I couldn’t choose so I went the complete opposite to what would be my typical move. Life calls for that sometimes. It was a decidedly good move… I think.
When it came to a pattern, I choseΒ Vogue 9069. I have been eyeing up the relaxed, oversized coats that are on trend right now and wondered if Β I could pull it off myself. I decided to go for it, seeing as I had already gone out on a limb and chose the camel color.
Now, you are probably thinking that I completely copied the model garment…well, yes I did but not intentionally. In the store, I flipped through the pattern books and landed on this one but the picture on the envelope is not the same as the model online and if she is in the book…well I didn’t see her in her fuzzy camel bathrobe. If I did, I would have changed my mind. Guaranteed.
This pattern is a Very Easy Vogue and it is easy…. if your sewing machine cooperates with you! Mine didn’t. It was skipping stitches like crazy when I was trying to topstitch. I knew that my machine was long overdue for a tune up so off the repair shop it went. The next morning, the shop called and Andre, (aka sewing machine guru) told me that my problem with stitching this fabric was the needle I was using! WHAT!? That’s it!? I needed a larger denim needle with this fabric because the fabric is spongy and closes in on the needle before the thread has a chance to catch. Problem solved. New needle paired with the walking foot and I was back in business.
Note to self… replenish needle stash.

 

 

I love the look of the hood but in truth, I will likely never wear it up. If you have seen the model picture, you know why. It’s just not a good look when the fabric drapes like this one does.

 

For the lining, I thought I would really step all the way out of my comfort zone and chose an animal print satin polyester. I NEVER wear animal print. Like. EVER. What is happening to me?
Well, you know what? I love it.
All said and done, I am really loving this coat and look forward to finding different ways to style it for everyday looks. I not sure that I am finished with this fabric and may head back to Fabricville for more. Black Friday’s sale would be a good reason to make another fabric purchase…right?
**disclaimer** Fabricville gifted the fabric and pattern of my choosing for this coat..wasn’t that nice?! All opinions are my own…I have many. And there are no affiliate links in this post.

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