Fabric: a remnant I purchased at Gail K, 1 3/8 yd (60 w) for $17. It is a wonderful medium weight wool - soft to the touch, easy to sew, even nice next to my neck, and a beautiful rich navy blue. It's so dark that it does not photograph well.
Changes I made:
- omitted sleeves and used silk dupioni to bind the raw edges.
- added patch pockets on lower fronts.
- stitched to back pleat together for about an inch at the waist line.
- reshaped the front facing so that it does not fold twice; rather it folds once, creating a wider front facing.
This was a fairly easy make as it is unlined. I did hand-finish the raw edges on all the seams but otherwise it came together quickly.
Things I like a lot:
- the back pleat
- the collar that can be worn folded back or up to keep my neck warm
- the overall simplicity of it
- the color and weight of the fine wool
Now I'm trying to decide if it needs buttons. I don't think I'd really button it but maybe that would give it a little more pizzazz. It's plain but I like that it will go with so many things I wear.
This is a fun collar. It is a tube with the ends (at the front) open. I suppose you could slip a scarf through it. The raw edges of the collar are easily tucked away with the top-stitching. You can just barely see the top-stitching above.
I thought about using the collar from the Now shirt. It is a double collar where the inside collar is more narrow than the outside collar. But it does lead to 4 layers of collar - too much for this wool. Overall, I call this a success!
Hope your sewing is going smoothly in January.