Thursday, July 26, 2012
The 1970's Raincoat: First Fitting
Please excuse indoor flash photography but it is raining again (sigh).
Contrary to what you may think, the belt does sit at my waist - my photographer has made me look like a Munchkin!
So far, I have taken narrow (6 or so mm) seams down the front, sides and back, but pinned the shoulders to the full 15mm seam-depth on the outside to try it on.
I think it fits really well from the waist down, but I might have to increase the size of the seams through the bust and upper back.
What do you think?
It is so tricky to know how much "ease" to leave in a coat. This is me wearing it over a single t-shirt. In real life wear I expect to have at least one other layer under here, plus the coat lining.
I think it's pretty obvious that I need to lose some width across the upper back.
I wonder how to tie the belt for day to day wear? I remember having a belt on a coat like this back in the 70's and it was forever coming undone in a flappy annoying way, but it is so much part of the design I felt I owed it to Betsey to put it in!
It's a good length.
The skirt isn't as wide as I expected, but that's probably a good thing - it won't be too bulky over a skirt.
Oh - and don't worry, it isn't going to have stripey sleeves!
So... what do you think? Reduce the girth back and front? Or just at the back? Or not at all?
It's so hard to know...