Here’s the latest muslin:
I’m not quite sure how to interpret the wrinkles in the back – I think they’re happening because the coat isn’t cut to go over the butt, but I’m not sure how to make the coat gracefully larger at the hips.
I’m not convinced that this is much more flattering than the two previous coats, but I think I’ve accepted that, after being bundled up into a sweater and then a coat, I’m going to look like a shapeless bundle more or less no matter what I do. And the panel construction will show off the lines of the coat MUCH better than the princess style would.
Finally, here is an absurdly bad Photoshop sketch of my vision for the coat:
Collar, cuffs, and buttons in black suede (or Ultrasuede). (If I can pull off covered buttons in something as heavy as suede – otherwise a matte black button). Talk about drama! But I love it.
I toyed with the idea of black welt pockets but decided that horizontal and diagonal welts both distracted from the vertical stripes. I’m still thinking about vertical welt pockets, but (for the sake of simplicity) might just put the pocket in the seam.
And now, off to bed! Tomorrow I have promised myself I will not do ANY sewing OR work at all – I GOTTA PACK!!!!