So, having selected this plaid fabric and then worked up the courage (and documentation) to make a houppelande out of it, it was time to settle in on a style. I decided to cut this in the style that starts with two half circles, which are then cut down to quarter circles. The end points of these circles are cut off and then sewn together to form the shoulders. The nature of this style causes the plaid to fall on the bias.
With such a detailed and busy pattern, Elisabeth suggested a simple style and finishing – and I agreed. My plan is to cut the sleeves fairly fitted and the cuffs and collar will be finished in a brown fur.
Having made that decision, the next quest was obvious…find the fur. I ordered 7 brown fur samples from a company that sells the most amazing faux fur. Some were just too distracting, but in the end I found what I was looking for – a classic rich brown.