These coats are inspired by the sweaters I collect from a variety of sources: thrift stores, garage sales and friend’s closets. I usually start with the ‘torso’ - the sweater shape, texture and collar that will determine the look of the coat. Each sweater coat is unique and is made up of another three or four sweaters. I do not use a serger. Generally they are one–size-fits-all: small or larger – and men like them too!
My coats have three signature elements:
Piping in a contrasting color used to emphasize lines.
Either sock or glove pockets edged in piping.
They are machine-washable and made for everyday use.
I am not new to wearable art. I am one of the early Friend of the Rag members (70’s), showing in over 50 live shows in the Seattle area. After a 25 year rest away from the sewing machine, I’m happily making these coats on my same ordinary Bernina.