Spent the afternoon trying to fashion a scrap of oddly shaped fabric into a suitably period-looking (C18) style of coat, preferably without cutting and/or gluing.
Settled on the use of a hot steam iron and needle and thread and poddled on until I’d achieved something that might do the job. It isn’t as if a figure has to wear it so there’s no fitting problems there; I’d like it to hang up, possibly under the stairs or in the bedroom.
Scorched fingers and oversized pins
The scrap of fabric is part of the remains of a charity shop purchase of a pair of casual trousers. It’s had many uses in the other minis I’ve had a go at, mostly because of its colour, which is a sort of browny plumb shade which lends itself to mini clothing projects despite its very open weave and fraying edges.
Couldn’t decide whether to make it a sleeved long waistcoat (no collar) or add a small one. In the end have folded it so it might be a collar or it might be slovenly hanging of the coat.
If we carefully ignore he dressing gown impersonation, the coat doesn’t look too bad when viewed from either side but is a an uninteresting sack-like shape from the back. Need to ponder that; possibly hang somewhere else or actually do someting with the back. Or another possibility is to distract from the sack-back (no not a Watteau gown) by hanging a long off-white neck cloth up with it. Hmmmm. Or yet again, could just leave it standing there in the middle of the room as the ghost of a coat.
On the building front
I’ll go find a small scrap of the remains of the trou so can make that missing pocket …