Put a Bird on It

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I did not mean to use this Portlandia episode as my personal sartorial and decorating mantra, but it happened anyway. As I was finishing up this coat, with birds on it, I realized that I just wallpapered my dining with, you guessed it, birds. So I figured I would photograph the coat in the dining room.

The fabric is a Dutch wax print from Vlisco. They have so many amazing prints, and I’m running a little low on fabric stash, so it seemed like a good time for a fabric splurge. I just love the color combo. And the birds.

The pattern that I used if from Ryuichiro Shimazaki’s coatmaking book. I’ve made this pattern before here and here. I tried to be careful matching the motifs.

back view

back view

side

side

front trench flap.  You can see my careful pattern matching.

front trench flap. You can see my careful pattern matching.

back flap.

back flap.

center back seam.  Notice how I matched the pattern ON A CURVED SEAM

center back seam. Notice how I matched the pattern ON A CURVED SEAM

back belt

back belt

The belt has a button loop to hold it in place

The belt has a button loop to hold it in place

I lined the body with self fabric, and the sleeves with silk twill.

I lined the body with self fabric, and the sleeves with silk twill.

Front opening and pocket flap

Front opening and pocket flap

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23 Comments

  1. Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 2:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine that coat is amazing! fantastic pattern matching on a very tricky fabric. what are you going to wear with it?

    • Posted June 6, 2014 at 9:21 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I would wear this with virtually anything. Jeans and a t-shirt. Long skirt. Whatever. It’s so out there that it would not match anything, so therefore, it matches everything.

  2. Posted June 6, 2014 at 2:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is a stunner!

  3. Béa
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 3:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    This coat is stunning, and I love the birds- I am totally in awe of your pattern matching skills!

  4. Posted June 6, 2014 at 5:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh this is really enviable- there is coveting, yes, yes. Id wear this as a dress!!

  5. Posted June 6, 2014 at 6:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous. Really interesting fabric and great matching!

  6. Posted June 6, 2014 at 6:35 am | Permalink | Reply

    Mindblowingly gorgeous. I want one ;-)

  7. Posted June 6, 2014 at 7:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    Yes! Everything is better with birds. I have just discovered Vlisco and am in love. Thanks for the inspiration, all your makes are so absolutely stunning!

  8. Posted June 6, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a delightful jacket! I would wear it with everything, too.

    Kudos on the pattern matching for such a difficult fabric. I know that the motifs are not perfectly identical as is common in hand printed fabric.

  9. Posted June 6, 2014 at 9:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine I can’t begin to list the details I ooohed and ahhed over! The fabric is divine! The matching is perfect! I love, Love the coat!!

  10. Posted June 6, 2014 at 10:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    Just gorgeous. I have the worst time matching patterns so I am totally envious of your matching skills. Where did you get the fabric?

    • Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:28 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I ordered it from vlisco.com. Considering that it comes from abroad, it was a very easy purchase and quick delivery.

  11. Elizabeth
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 10:53 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, so impressive, the print matching. I just love how you placed the purple closer to your face rather than the green. And how the sleeves also are made that way. Very beautiful.

  12. Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m gobsmacked. It’s gorgeous.

  13. Posted June 6, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    I am going to sneak in your house, steal this jacket, lose 12 lbs and wear the hell out of it. That is all.

  14. Posted June 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I adore this!
    Beautiful management of fabric, too.

  15. Posted June 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I do love it, it’s wonderfull!!!

  16. Carolyn
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I bow before the awesomeness of your skills! I want to sew like this when I grow up because the coat is AWESOME!

  17. Shams
    Posted June 8, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink | Reply

    Stunning, Claudine! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  18. Nick
    Posted June 11, 2014 at 2:57 am | Permalink | Reply

    this is bold fabric transformed into an awe-some coat. A combination of great artistic vision and masterful realization. Stopped me in my tracks.

  19. Posted June 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t think I would ever take it off, I would sleep in it ! Superior matching , wow much fabric did it take?

    • Posted June 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! Vlisco sells its fabric in 6 meter lengths, and, with the self-lining, it pretty much took the whole 6 meters.

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