Bluebird of Happiness - Coat - Part XXXIII
Not closure, like this is the end. Closures, like something to keep the coat closed. Yeah, I know, this project is getting sort of long, isn't it? Really, when you see me working on the closures you know I'm almost done with the garment.
The coat originally had one little lonely hook and eye to keep it closed, which you can see circled in red in the instructions below. You can also see the non-functional, decorative tie ends, too.
I am really concerned about one hook and eye being the only closure for a coat of this size and weight. As usual, I turned to an alternative closure, and one the I've used before with good success, the fabric covered snap. The snaps are a great choice because you can get an exact match of color and they can be put places where a button and buttonhole can not. I had used these before in a few projects, most notably, Midnight Garden in which both the jacket and skirt closed with snaps. Once the snaps are covered, they fit more tightly together, which is an added bonus for security. For the tutorial on how I make covered snaps, click here.
The coat now has four snaps, two right at the neck line and two more a bit further down. I may not always use all four snaps, but I feel a little better knowing that the coat has a secure closure.
I did have a few readers ask if I was going to show the coat when it was finished. I always do a photo shoot post at the very end once all the pieces are complete. I get dressed up with all the right accessories and the children have a good time being the photographers. Right now it looks like the photo shoot post will appear in about two weeks or less. Hang in there, I'm getting close to the end. (I think that last comment was as much for me as for you!)
Parting Shot: Cables R Us. In an ongoing effort to clean out some of our storage areas, my husband decided to clean out his cable and computer spare parts containers. We had a lot more wires and cables than I realized! Of course, we won't say anything about how much thread or beads I have. ;)