A Pretty Blue Coat
I’m continually fascinated by the little touches that make a garment special – whether they're pronounced or subtle they add up to give a layer of charm.
The other day I had the opportunity to look inside this charming pale blue wool coat and found wonderful details.
I love the horizontal darts at the back armscyes – anyone who’s ever done any fitting or pattern work is familiar with gaping armholes. We usually deal with them by shifting the fullness into shoulder darts, shoulder ease, or a princess seam. Using darts is a more direct approach, and it’s something I’ve seen a couple of times recently (I saw the same treatment on a very chic Prada jacket). I like the back waist darts, too. What a stylish way to work a little shaping into the center back seam.
Another nice touch; the front facings have been made from grosgrain ribbon. Not only does it add another layer of texture, but it lightens things up – facings out of the wool would be have been all right, but this is a much lighter technique, literally and figuratively.
And notice the little bias band of print silk between the grosgrain facing and the lining – another nice bit of style and definition. Without it, the grosgrain would have blended into the lining; with it, it’s much prettier.