Hi internet! It’s been a while; sorry about that! First I got sick, then I had exams (and was that irritating person at the back snuffling her way through a three hour exam — I assure you, it was no more fun for me than it was for you), and well that was interesting. And then yesterday got eaten by wonky tax software, and basically things were a large pile of ARRRRG.*
So, I’ve got a week and a half off until my supervisor gets back from holiday and I have a research meeting, and I’m taking a sewing holiday. First up: what should I do with the sleeves on this coat?
I thrifted this (on one of those red letter days) a while ago, realizing that the sleeves are about two inches too short, but swayed by the lovely fit, the kick pleat in the back, and the fact that I’m a total sucker for snazzy coats. I thought “I’ll just stick some cuffs on them, and it’ll be fine!” and went on my merry way. Obviously I couldn’t find matching fabric, but I found some white cotton fabric with the same sort of texture, and then experimented with dyeing it with tea to reduce the stark contrast between the coat and the white cuffs. That sort of worked. Well the tea dyeing worked wonderfully (and I’ll post my method if anyone’s interested) but the colour has more of an orange undertone than a grayish undertone.
I realized I’d bought orange pekoe tea*** because it was the cheapest, realized of course orange pekoe would give an orange undertone, and tried again with Earl Gray, but the tone was pretty similar. And then I realized that I’d misconstructed the cuffs, and wouldn’t be able to attach them evenly, and so grumped loudly and left it until now. (I’ve learned from experience that sewing while snarky is not, in any way shape or form, a good idea.)
So I’m thinking about shortening the sleeves to make them proper 3/4 length sleeves rather than just slightly too short sleeves. This avoids the matching issue, and plus I think 3/4 length sleeves look snazzy (witness Gertie’s gorgeous jacket). I’ve rolled up my left sleeve to about where I’m thinking of cropping it:
But the coat’s about knee length, and I’m not sure if the proportions would work right; all the coats Ive seen with cropped sleeves are around hip length. Also, the buttons seems a little small to me, so I’m going to look for some bigger buttons (the button holes are huge, so it shouldn’t be a problem).
So, do you think this would all work? Where would you crop the sleeves? Do you have a better idea?
* I have done my taxes by hand since I started working as a young lass, and it has never failed me. The first time I try to wrangle a computer into doing them, thinking that maybe it’d be faster? Took all afternoon, and I gave up and am doing them by hand. I could’ve had them done three times by now, and I’m less than impressed to say the least.
**Oh yes, I got my hair cut in the short window between snuffling and frantic exam writing! Tried another place, and I’m pretty alright with this. I’m still contemplating shaving my head this summer, and this is sort of a halfway step. I’ve been muttering about shaving my head for years, and A. got one of razors you use for it for himself, so now that I’ve got the tools available to me there’s a good chance I’ll stop muttering and actually do it. There’s at least a 50% chance I’ll hate it, but considering there’s a 50% chance I’ll hate just about anything with my hair, that’s hardly a deterrent. And maybe I’ll stop muttering about it if I finally bite the bullet and do it. We shall see.
*** I hate orange pekoe tea, so I don’t quite know why I got it. One of my first summer jobs was working in a bakery of a grocery store, and I started drinking it because it was around and I was thirsty. It still, ten-ish years later, tastes like uncooked pie crust to me.