It is incredible how the onset of exams can motivate a sewing frenzy in my house. Courteney while clearing her head between her Uni exams, decided that she would make not one but two Grainline Cascade coats. The only problem was that not unlike a good book, once the project was started, it had to be completed and stat! In all fairness, it was really only one coat that was an exam diversion, the second was a reward for exams well and truly done.
Coat one was made for her significant other. He had been admiring them since last winter but being a penniless student, couldn't actually justify purchasing one. Courteney hatched a plan to make him one with some heavily discounted Lincraft wool. The wool she chose though, wasn't quite heavy enough to keep out the cold in a New Zealand winter so she dragged out our roll of flannel that my husband very proudly bought at an auction for mere penny's five or six years ago. The flannel provided the extra warmth that the jacket would have lacked. To add extra warmth, rather than line it with satin, Courteney chose a cotton shirting in a light grey and purchased a rtw flannel shirt which she cut up to line the hood and make the zip panel. For some reason, flannel in decent prints proved elusive so this proved to be the best option.
Grainline Cascade is designed for women but this pattern is actually quite gender neutral and by straightening out the side seams proved to be a great fit.
Did I mention it was a bitterly cold week last week? Yes, this is a lake "M" is standing on! It isn't quite where I live but about an hours drive away, in the Southern Alps. With all of this snow on our doorstep, it isn't really surprising, I have been feeling the cold!
Now, version two, was made for Courteney herself. I could probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of things she has made for herself and I did point this out to her mid project. Her reasoning is, she sees all of the flaws in the things she makes; don't we all! On this occasion though, she was undeterred and the resulting coat I would proudly wear myself.
Once again she interlined the coat with flannel. The length was cut somewhere between version one and version two. She made the coat to a size 8, hoping to be able to fit layers underneath. In these photos they are both wearing lots of layers underneath, it was so cold, although this actually wasn't the plan.
Courteney used some of the grey wool left over from "M's" coat for the yoke and hood. For the lining she decided on black cotton with a small white spot from Lincraft. The spots add a feminine touch to an otherwise gender neutral fabric choice.