I normally wear a 4 in coats. 5'5.5' tall, 123 lbs, 35-27-36, 34C, 31" ribcage, narrow shoulders, and shorter than average arms.
Sadly, I returned the size 6 coat and waited impatiently for credit. The size 4 arrived yesterday evening.
Notice I am smiling despite my shoulder pain. Thankfully I didn't order the size 2. The 4 was an excellent choice. Much thanks to Jamie of Thrifty Threads for her review here. I am wearing a thin T shirt underneath. There is more than enough space for a light to medium weight Cardi. I don't require much more than that to stay warm in Central California. The sleeve length couldn't be more perfect.
I love the Black Ribbed Cotton Backing for the Tapioca Embroidery. Cotton is the fabric of my life. Thanks to Tracy Reese for offering a fabulous example of how to design a lovely Cotton coat. No thanks to lining it in Coral Polyester. For $288 it's acceptable, but barely. Price Point: Silk lining would have upped the price tag by $100.
I adore the placement of the well hidden hand warmer pockets, also lined in coordinating dreadful Coral Polyester. Phooey!
Phlox and Coral Coat - by Tracy Reese - Anthro $288 - Sept 2010
You can view and purchase the coat here.
Unlike the first coat, this one was not damp when I opened the packaging. There were two loose threads I simply tied together. The coat needs a good pressing. Other than that, I am impatiently waiting out the 90° F temps.
Finally! I was very pleased with the placement of the embroidery on the first size 6 coat. There were no large blank spots. This coat is a different story. The upper bodice is almost devoid of any recognizable embroidered blooms. However the blank areas and embroidered areas are at least well balanced. I would not want one obvious blank area for instance on the right shoulder. I would rather have the blank areas balanced from side to side. I'm just picky like that.
As my talented, beautiful, and smartly dressed Mother has always taught me, "A girl can never have too many coats." For that matter, she can never have too many pairs of shoes either.
My Father's Mother warned him when she first set eyes on my Mother. Grand mom Vi said, "Watch out for that one. She loves nice things." My Mother was naturally dressed to the nines as she stepped out of her Yellow 68 Mustang. My Dad later rolled her prized car in the fog. He-he! He was OK! Then he unbuckled his seat belt and fell on his head. My Father made the Mustang drivable again by laying on the front seat and pushing the roof up with his feet. My Brother and I were forced to ride around the town of Shafter Ca. in that car with the caved in roof. Ha-ha! Teachers are so smart. You never want to be raised by two in the same household.
Right Diane! So do you remember that eye sore of a car?
Please leave a comment. What is at the top of your Wish List for Fall? Did you pick up any fabulous sale items today?
I was forced to let pass the Doubly Adorned Dress, the River Tyne Tee, and the Remaining Lilies Cardi. My CA Auto tags are due. GAG!
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