An evening coat has been on my to-sew list for about as long as I’ve been sewing. I have always dithered about it because it’s such a big project that it’s hard to motivate myself to do it if I have no where to wear it to. However, I’m going to a black tie event for New Year’s, so now is the time! I gathered all the materials, and have a pretty good idea of what it will look like, but cutting into the fabric seems so final! So I decided to start by cutting and constructing the lining. Above you can see my evening coat lining on my form. The lining is made of silk gazar.
The lining embellishment is bobbin work embroidery. There will be a similar embellishment on the shell of the coat, but it will be applique. The design came from a book of botanical illustrations (The Besler Floriligium, Plants of the Four Seasons). I traced / drew the outline on tracing paper, basted the tracing paper to the wrong side of the back lining piece, stitched on top of the lines I drew on the paper, knotted all the ends, and ripped the paper off.