Pink boiled wool circus coat

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Pink boiled wool art coat

Circus series
Wearable art coat. Original design.
2010

Boiled wool can be bought already boiled OR just buy some wool and wash and dry it on hot until it bulks up.

It’s fairly water resistant, windproof, breathable, and completely washable. It’s wonderful stuff to work with because the raw edges can be cut and just left unfinished, what a treat! If you have to wear a coat like I do in the Pacific Northwest, why not have some fun with it? You could always just embellish a ready made coat too.

All the seams are joined together in a very random organic way with drizzles and odd shapes of raw wool edges, stitched with 2 lines of straight stitch.

I always put several large zipped pockets in the coats to allow for purse-free travel. There are 2 large zipped pockets on the outside and several ones on the inside of this unlined jacket.

Buttonholes created with techniques from Koos Van Den Akker’s book Couture Collage.

When I first made this pink boiled wool art coat a few years ago, it was a shorter, collarless jacket and I didn’t really like it as much as I had hoped. A couple of years went by and then I had the vision of adding on a longer piece!! I had given the high school a car full of fabric and thought I’d have to rush back there to grab back the roll of magenta wool BUT luckily I found it in my stash.

I had just enough to create a collar and add more length in a random uneven hem that makes this coat work so beautifully now.


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