Well, after over a month of 70-80 degree weather, the past two days have inexplicably been in the 40s and 50s! I'm not too upset about it, though; it means that I can wear the coat that I have just finished!
Sorry about the blurry photos; my husband was taking them as we were both attempting to keep our toddler corralled on the porch! The coat was another huge piece of clothing that I found at the Salvation Army. It was monstrous, but it is a beautiful color of green, and you can't buy wool fabric as cheaply as you can buy a discarded wool coat! Of course, I didn't take a picture of it before I started cutting it up; I'm just too impatient! It was so large that it required extensive alterations: I moved the shoulders up three inches on each side, and ended up taking seven inches out of the body of the coat. I made the belt out of some of that extra fabric, and found the perfect vintage green and tan buckle in my stash to go with it. I also put three parallel tucks down the length of each sleeve; hopefully you can see them in the pictures. I found the tan faux fur at a local fabric shop and made the collar and cuffs.
I used some more extra fabric to embellish the hat, which is not quite finished; I started working on it this winter, but I put it away because the weather turned warm. I still need to put a wire in the brim and finish the edges, but I made it to match the coat, so I wanted to wear it while I had the chance!
I made the covered buttons from some green satin that was left over from a dress that I made a few months ago. It just happened to be the exact same color of green, and I am actually wearing it under the coat in these pictures, but it was just too cold and rainy to get any pictures of it. They're coming, though!
I have been wanting a coat like this for as long as I can remember; I'm just sad that I won't get to really wear it until next year!
More fun with editing!!