Bright red cashmere!
We had a jaunt into Brum this afternoon, a military operation, with the missus dropping me at the Fancy Silk Store while she parked, meeting me in the rag market while I found a zip, then a DELICIOUS lunch at Cafe Rouge, fast shopping for veggies while rain PELTED down, then round to Barry’s, gently steaming, to get high quality interfacing, shoulder pads, and thread.
The cashmere was pricey of course, but meant to be. I’d set my heart on bright red wool, and when I browsed through the miles of yards on offer, there it was. And EXACTLY the length I needed left on the bolt. Right next to the coat fabrics, of course there are all those delicious high quality shot paisley linings, and I chose gold shot with red. Drama!
The other thing my black and withered heart required was [mock] astrakhan for the collar and cuffs, but the salesman drew a blank. Sad face time. However, a voice came from behind us, and the boss himself led me to a roll of lustrous velvety astrakhan, up in the upholstery section, which he said has been very hard to locate, this being an ex-designer end-of-roll. Still twenty squid a metre though. Bloody good job I only wanted half a yard!
So, a pricey project [the cashmere was FORTY squid a metre] but it will be worth it for such a luxurious, dramatic coat. [I’m doing view D, full length, but with deep cuffs and stand collar in the astrakhan. Yum.]
Can’t wait to start cutting…wonder if there’ll be enough to squeak a matching hat out of it? I have a Japanese hat book that’s been taunting me for years….