I’m making a mac- Vogue 1564 to be exact, a Sandra Betzina pattern.
I don’t have a waterproof coat, and this one looks to fit the bill, with its loos fitting shape allowing for layers of cosiness underneath, and a hood that looks like it might actually stay up. [According to the only review on Pattern Review so far, it does, yay!]
I want this to be a long lasting garment [I expect my coats to keep going for YEARS] and so I went straight to Italian Textile company on eBay. Oh delightful range of tempting goodies! They sell a lot of specialist tech fabrics, often produced for high end Italian menswear, and they didn’t disappoint. I chose this gorgeous fabric, which arrived yesterday.
Here’s the tech description:
33% COTTON 45% MICRO MODAL 5% ELASTAIN 17% POLYURETHANE
FACE SIDE A LUXURIOUS PLAIN WEAVE WATER PROOF POPLIN WITH A REVERSE SIDE IN A BLACK THERMA-LITE LINING FUSED TO PRODUCE THIS DOUBLE LAYERED TECHNICAL FABRIC
THE REVERSE SIDE A SUPER FINE LUXURIOUS DELUXE QUALITY FINE KNIT WHICH HAS BEEN BONDED TO THE FABRIC IS A COTTON BLEND WITH A HIGHLY TECHNICAL FILAMENT YARN MICRO MODAL THIS IS A SUPER FINE INTENSELY SOFT FIBRE WHICH HAS A SENSUOUS DRAPE AND SILHOUETTE. THIS YARN IS GROWN AND HARVESTED FROM EUROPEAN BEECHWOOD THIS FINE CELLULIUS FIBRE HAS THE SOFTNESS OF SILK AND THE BREATHABILITY OF COTTON THIS YARN HAS BEEN USED TO PRODUCE THE FINE KNITTED REVERSES SIDE TO THE FABRIC WHICH CREATES THE LUXURIOUS KNIT FABRIC AND ITS THERMAL PROPERTIES.
PRODUCED EXCLUSIVELY FOR EMERNEGILDO ZEGNA COLLECTION THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OT SUPER FINE ITALIAN TECHNICAL TEXTILES AT ITS VERY FINEST LEVEL
THIS TECHNICALLY FABRIC PRODUCED BY THE VERY BEST SKILLED TEXTILE MILL THAT SPECIALISE IN THERMAL TECHNICAL WATER RESISTANT FABRICS
Blimey! [Spelling errors are theirs, not mine lol. I corrected the designer name so you can look if interested in expensive menswear!]
As usual, it’s a perfect description, and the colour is bang on as expected [Pantone 7448CP if you care]. It’s drapier than I would have expected [despite the description lol] as raincoat fabrics are usually sort of plasticky and crinkly. This feels really nice. The backing is thinner than I thought, but just keeps it all fabulously flexible and should be cosy too. I plan to lightly quilt the lining…maybe, who knows?
I haven’t yet looked for any fasteners, so I’m open to suggestions. I think this will not be a very fast make as there is a lot of faff with topstitching, and *gulp* welt pockets. My nemesis.
Wish me luck, I’m going in. Meanwhile, here’s a delightful picture of our lovely Oscar, imitating roadkill, as is his wont.