Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Original Design Coat for Mom

My mother in Japan asked me to make an unlined Jacket for her... She said she couldn't find anything she liked in stores.

She wanted:
-synthetic fabric (so wind does not go through)
-foldable to fit in her bag when she is not wearing it
-won't wrinkle
-light weight
-knee length
-double as a raincoat
I wouldn't say these requests are demanding... actually, if I were designing for a theatre play, this list would go on like this:
-glow in the dark
-break away on a cue
-change color in the second act
-need a secret pocket to hide a bucket of paint
-oh by the way, need ten coats like this by tomorrow's rehearsal

(...And I wish I was kidding...sigh... but I'm not complaining... These challenges are the very things that make designing theatre costumes exciting. )
Anyhow, my mother's wishes were very reasonable and achievable. Here is what I came up with:

It's made of 100% polyester crepe.

I started with this line drawing and draped the whole coat pattern.

It was probably easier to draft though because of all the ruffles...

There is a hidden pleat in the center back for wearing ease.

The coat is above-knee length on me, but my mom is shorter than me so it should be just at the knees or a little below knees on her.

It makes me want to swirl!
This was also a debut garment for my brand new clothing tag!!


  1. Just so beautiful and perfect! Great job!

  2. What a great job!
    The coat is perfect! The fit is perfect!
    Did you learn to drape yourself?
    I'm amazed about the result!

    1. Thank you! I took a semester long class on draping as a part of theatre costume design program:)


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