The Fabric Loft is due. Alongside drop dead gorgeous fabrics on their website The Fabric Loft also has an excellent review of this book in the blog.
There's a lot of things I want to try, but high on the list are the military earring, using tassels and upholstery cord, and the knee high leather boots. Keep your eyes peeled, coming to you soon :)
I have finally received some of the material needed for the Lady Grey sew along. At the bottom of this post you'll see a photo with main fabric, interfacing and muslin, but don't hold your breath. It's probably the most boring fabric photo you've seen. So what do we have:
Main fabric: After much deliberation I've decided for a gabardine which I strongly suspect is artificial, not wool, as it was very cheap. Let me say that I took ages to decide. I was set on some nice wool flannel but stepped back after seeing 4mtrs would set me back about £100. I know a good coat is worth it but I am absolutely new to tailoring and even sewing in general I'm still green. Do I want to risk plus £££ is a coat which might be catastrophically build? No.
Lining: I have not yet purchased lining. I have some black habutai short of 2mtr (which is what I need) so will see if it's enough. Again, I was tempted with some silk but thought of coat disaster vs £££.
Interfacing: It's lightweight, as recommended by pattern but it's soooo soft I'm actually worried.
Muslin: What can I say, it's medium weight calico.
I'm expecting to receive my pattern tomorrow so can go about tracing it in preparation to pin/mark/cut. The flickr pool for the sew along is also up so getting quite excited over this.
I will definitely try my best at this coat and will definitely do a wool flannel version if confident after this one. I have even commissioned a pretty extraordinary talented lady to do me some custom buttons. But I'll leave that for another time.