I have a wonderful memory of my mother and myself speeding along some highway in her Pontiac convertible, the wind whipping her turquoise scarf back. She is wearing cat's eye sunglasses and red lipstick, pants and a plaid car coat. I must be very young, because all I can see is the dashboard.
Pattern Review is running a contest for lined jackets, and I entered Butterick 5533. This OOP pattern is a classic car coat. Car coats are usually wool, A line, have deep pockets for your keys, and strike a balance between casual outerwear and a more sophisticated silhouette. They are meant to keep you warm in an open car and allow you to be well dressed as you leave your car and enter a building.
Mr. Biblioblog and I travel in the winter, and we drive for long distances. Getting out of the car in rumpled clothing puts a damper on my day, and so I have added this coat to my travel wardrobe. It will allow me to be comfy while driving, and look good when we stop. The pockets for dog treats are a plus!!
I used recycled hemp/linen for the shell, and a flannel for the body of the lining. The sleeve lining is of Bemberg rayon. The clasp at the neckline is a gift from Theresa of Camp Runamuck (thanks so much Theresa!), the buttons are vintage from my family, the hem lace is from my mother in law many years ago, and the flannel lining? sadly, JoAnn's. So, almost everything is repurposed :-)
If you would like to read more about the details, and see my entry, follow this link: B 5533 car coat review The contest voting starts in a few days-take a look at the gallery of coats and jackets...what an amazing group of jackets! I'll update this blog post in a day or so with some information about the surface design on the coat. It was done with chalk and markers.
In the meantime, I hope you fill your days with fun and creativity, Mary