Operation Houndstooth

I know the rest of the US are probably still recovering from the unbearable heatwave this summer, but its actually been abnormally cold here in the bay area. When I wake up shivering from the opened window, I start my day by day dreaming about sewing that perfect piece of wool that never frays, and a silky lining that allows me to slip in and out of the coat like a fish.

What coat shall I sew? I had been eyeing the oversized coat on burda magazine 082009, coat 116. I couldnt find its picture anywhere on the web, nor could i find anyone who had actually sewn it. I think its actually quite a tricky garment — it is extremely loose at the bodice. On variation A, it looks plain and not interesting and suited for a rather tall woman. On variation B, it is cute and chic and the girl looks rather petite. However, I am not sure if its because she clinched her waist in, or because that fabric is just so darn cute.

Variation A
Variation A
Variation B
Variation B

Given my small statue, I have a better chance at looking normal with a fitted coat. But I so love 116B. I looked quite a few times for that HUGE houndstooth patterned fabric, since I cannot imagine doing it with anything else. so far, no luck…

So I turn to you! Have you heard of any rumors about this coat 116? Have you even seen a houndstooth as big as your fist? I would be so grateful for any pointers! if not, what do you think of the following coating material I have in my stash, which one would you pick for this coat?

fabric 1 purple squares
fabric 1 purple squares
fabric 2 purple solid wool
fabric 2 purple solid wool
fabric 3 funky fabric I bought when i was probably hallucinating
fabric 3 funky fabric I bought when i was probably hallucinating
fabric 4 striped gray
fabric 4 striped gray
fabric 5 gray/black squares
fabric 5 gray/black squares

I am leaning towards giving up on the houndstooth and picking either 4 or 5. What do you say?

16 thoughts on “Operation Houndstooth

    1. ahha that is funny! I had exactly the same fabric opened on my chrome tab… i was debating whether to get that one, but 1 inch is still much smaller than the one shown in the magazine!

  1. I actually really like fabric 3! I would love a coat made out of that. But otherwise, agree that the black and white squares #5 is a good approximation of the look in that coat 🙂

  2. I think 4 and 5 would make a great coat, but I think I like #3 best, I think it would be stunning for a coat with a matching skirt, if you have enough fabric.

    1. oh my goodness! thank you! I did join pattern review just so that I can look for a completed coat for this, but maybe because i am not familiar with the UI, I couldnt find a single one! thank you thank you! now I can go stalk that lady and make her tell me where she got that fabric from 🙂

  3. I think #1 (purple squares) would go nice with 116B.
    The #2 brings into my mind a short jacket from Burda 8/2010 (#115), that has a similar color and I kind of like it.
    The #3 is really great, love that fabric, and I agree with Elle C: will be great for a coat & skirt.
    And, I think #4 could be a pair of pants or a high waist skirt with/without straps 🙂

  4. I really like fabrics 3 through 5 for Fall/Winter. I don’t know about the oversized coats, though! They look like they might engulf petites. What about a nice slimming textured coat with a self-waist belt?

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