Bog / blanket coat

Now, it’s getting chilly round here and my coat is getting thin (and being a big gal they don’t make cheap coats to fit me!) So I thought I’d play with the idea of a bog coat. Was originally going to be just single layer but somehow I got carried away and decided to go for super thick and doubled it up. It was originally a thick wool blanket but it had gone to holes in places and was really felted so never got used. No way would it go through the sewing machine hence the rather rough and ready blanket stitching although I sort of feel it “goes” with the coat quite nicely. I’m thinking about dying it a dark colour, purple appeals but probably will end up blue or black. I’m hoping the cotton stitching will take up more colour than the wool.

no fastenings yet, dithering between attempting to hack button holes through and finding some seriously big buttons from somewhere or poppering it or even velcro but then actually I like the idea of a tie belt for the really authentic stone age look 😆

Neckline (such as it is…) I was really sceptical about how this was going to work and had images of there being a huge cold bit of chest uncovered as you can’t overlap it at all but of course, the neck line only really comes down a couple of inches from your throat before you get to the wider wrap around bit. It’s just a long thin triangle chopped out, about 4″ wide at the back and going back about 2″ from the shoulder fold, sits perfectly over my shoulders.

You can also see here just how bad my hand sewing is though! (and you can see one of the many holes just inside the neckline….)

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5 Comments

  1. Posted 4 November , 2006 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I think that looks rather nice actually. Authentically handmade 😀

  2. Nic
    Posted 4 November , 2006 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I like that, and it would look FAB in purple – go on, I dare you 🙂

  3. Posted 4 November , 2006 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    ta ladies! I am def. erring towards purple!! but the big question…. toggles (assuming I can find some), buttons or a tie belt?

  4. Posted 5 November , 2006 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    tie belt if you’re sure it would be warm enough, ie not gappy.

  5. Posted 5 November , 2006 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    It overlaps a lot at the front so I I just put a couple of guide loops at the sides to keep the belt from riding up I think it would keep it pretty much where it should be. I’m def erring towards a belt from sheer lack of interest in buttons!


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