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.
And there’s some nice decorative stitching – around the collar, around the pocket flaps, at the cuffs, and along the center fronts. Yes, it’s pretty to look at, but it keeps the layers of fabrics in place along those important defining edges.
I love the snaps, and the way they’re sewn on.
Snaps have become such a great decorative element these days – here’s another simple-to-do treatment. These snaps are pretty…