The Sewing Lawyer hates UFOs and sewing failures. So she has been stewing over Burda 7731 since January 1, 2010, the date on which she took it off life support, and told you about it. It was so sad. And so frustrating, since there ought to have been a warm, wind and waterproof winter coat in there somewhere. But Burda 7731 languished, unfinished, in the Sewing Lawyer's sewing room, for the last 13 months. It mocked her from its hanger. It loomed over her. And heck, she wanted a coat like that! Recently, the Sewing Lawyer was even spotted trying on coats, in stores (!) that were kind of like Burda 7731, except shorter.
And so, an idea was born.
Really, there was little that remained to be done - just the hems and buttons. So much easier after 34cm were lopped off the bottom (marked with a line of pins in the picture at left).
Now, the Sewing Lawyer likes to think that the rumpled and puffy synthetic taffeta looks sporty instead of sad.
In the stash were these interesting vintage plastic buttons, and some firm black round elastic. It was a simple matter to poke the elastic through the seam attaching the facings to the coat front. The ends of the elastic were first singed to prevent fraying of the synthetic outer coating, and knotted inside the coat before being stitched into place.
The lining is a poly satin (Fabricland). Quite some time ago (October, 2009 if Flickr is to be believed), the Sewing Lawyer used the scraps left after cutting out the lining pieces for Burda 7731 for a top (left).
Truly, this coat has been a long time in the making.
Hallelujiah for Finished Objects!