There is a very good reason for it though, I promise. My Sewlution for 2013 is to draft a pattern for, and sew myself, a COAT! Aaargh! The prospect scares me slightly. But feel the fear and do it anyway, that's what I say! I've already begun the process of testing out a vintage dress pattern that I want to use as a base. I plan to test the fit and then adapt it (it's coat like in the sense that it's a wrap dress a size to big, which will hopefully allow for outerwear ease), changing details like the neckline, sleeve shape, length, adding pockets and a lining etc and came across this Orla Kiely collection
Anyhow, I've been browsing looking for detail inspiration, and I came across Orla Kiely's collection. How delicious?
All images courtesy of Orla Kiely via Calivintage
I'm leaning more towards the simplicity of the mustard one above left. That neckline would allow for a chunky knit cowl to sit nicely on colder days. But all of these coats are to die for aren't they?! What's more, there are any number of vintage patterns out there that would easily replicate these. The red one is particularly cute too....
Off the subject of coats, this mustard print tunic is more than a bit "me"; and I REALLY like the silhouette of this navy shell top with the elbow length sleeves and cute cuff detail...
While these silhouettes are not something I'd usually wear (apart from maybe the shirt with it's fab pleated collar), isn't that burnt out velvet just delicious?! And the silhouette of that dress bears more than a passing resemblance to the short sleeve version of the Elizalex dress, no? Handy that they just happen to be just starting a sewalong too!
Not that I'm endorsing ripping off a design before it's even hit the stores (cough) Merely offering up inspiration and food for thought.....!