This is one of my favourite coats, raglan sleeves notwithstanding, but it was just a trial piece that turned out so nice I have been wearing it for several winters. In the spirit of mock ups the fabric was something on special that was really not very good and looked cheap as well so yesterday I went and purchased some pleather in a reddish colour.
As I said the lining was really good and it had a layer of thinsulate as well so the coat was very warm, I really had no choice but to buy red or black fabric, didn't want black so red it is! I took the coat apart the other day and brought the lining home to wash it, mission accomplished, the lining came out clean and looks like new. Fabric not so much.....
Even if I decided to dry clean the coat it would have cost more than the cleaning and not worth it so a new coat for Maria it is!!
I happened to have some gorgeous silk that blends beautifully so I did the pocket flaps in the silk, will line the inside of the stand up collar with the same silk, don't like the feel of leather against my skin, I may just add cuffs in the silk as well and I even have enough silk to make a beautiful eternity scarf to go with the coat :)
I love it when a plan comes together!!! Once the coat is done I will post a picture so you can all see what I'm talking about. BTW it's just a car coat not a full length one.