Thursday, November 15, 2012

CorpGoth's Mid-Month Status Report - Winter Wear

Trystan of CorpGoth's mid-month status report for November is “What do you wear to work in winter?” A work-appropriate winter coat has always been lacking in the insomniac's  wardrobe, and for many years she resorted to wearing a spring/fall coat padded with extra layers underneath for warmth; a fairly unattractive look, not unlike the Pillsbury Dough Boy or the Michelin Man. But one made do with this solution instead of spending hard-earned money on a coat that was merely adequate.

After many years searching for that elusive perfect coat, two seasons ago the insomniac  came across not one but two perfect coats in a small boutique in Berlin called Böhm-Mode. Everything in the store was handmade by the owner but, surprisingly, less than the price of a similar quality ready-to-wear coat here at home. This first coat was a case of love at first sight, and was available in every size except the insomniac's. The sales associate contacted the owner who offered to make the coat in the proper size. At 7:00 p.m. the following day, just before departing Berlin, the coat was picked up - the poor woman must have been sewing all night long! Because both coats are so well made and will probably last forever, added to the daily use they receive during the eight months of the year that can be classified as winter up here, they are a perfect example of Trystan's Cost per Wear theory.

This coat fills the gap in the wardrobe for a coat that's suitable for wear with a dress or skirt. It is made of heavy gabardine with a satin lining and is perfect for autumn. In winter, it can still be worn if one is walking from the heated house to the heated garage, driving to work in a heated vehicle, and not planning on spending longer than 15 minutes outside.

Scarf by Nile Clothing (or maybe Jackpot)
Antique Mourning Brooch

The collar turns into a hood of sorts ...

When the temperature drops below -20° C, and skirts and dresses have been abandoned for the extra warmth of jeggings or treggings or whatever it is they're called this year, this shorter wool jacket is worn with a wool scarf. Although you can bet it never looks this put together when it's thrown on in the morning, as the insomanic  rushes around the house trying to remember everything before flying out the door at the last possible second. The jacket came with a detachable velveteen hood which is seldom worn. Hair + Hood = Static.

Wool Jacket with Velveteen Trim
Wool Scarf by Savican 

With seldom worn hood ...

And on days when the thermometer reaches -25° C or even colder, the twelve year old black Roots down-filled parka with fur trimmed hood comes out no matter how awkward it looks with the outfit. Because at those temperatures, everyone  is scurrying to the nearest heated building and nobody  gives a rip about anyone else's outerwear, unless it's to notice with some degree of envy that it looks warmer than their own.

Thanks to Trystan for hosting the mid-month Status Report! See you at the regular 2:00 a.m. posting time Sunday for another edition of Crafting with the Insomniac, and this week's riveting post on ... potholders.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

20 comments:

  1. What beautiful coats!!

    You know, I'd *really* like to see pics of the Insomniac wearing them ... ;)

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    1. Probably not gonna happen, Michelle ... the insomniac  is WAY beyond camera-shy! :o)

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    2. Ah, it's all about practice ... and not caring what other people think ;)

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    3. Haha, well you're absolutely right and the insomniac  should listen to your words of wisdom! That being said, if she hasn't been able to master the art of not caring what other people think by now ... it's probably not gonna happen! :D

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  2. SOOOOO beautiful! I esp. love adding the scarf -- very elegant. What a great coat, definitely worth it :)

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    1. Thank you, Trystan! Yes, definitely worth waiting the five or six years, or however long it was! ;o)

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  3. Those jackets are beyond lovely! I especially adore the last one.

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    1. Thank you, Madame MM! One has to admit the last coat doesn't get as much wear as the first, as it's just a smidge too short. One prefers one's rear to be covered just a bit more! But with your sewing skills, you'd be able to make something similar, for sure! :D

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  4. That first coat... I think I literally swooned. Good thing I was sitting down! The other is lovely, too.

    Treggings. Lol.

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    1. Truthfully, more than two coats could have been purchased that day, as the owner's styles were pure genius. Of course, the budget wouldn't allow - as always. But you should check out her website, as one is fairly sure you'd have heart palpitations when you see some of her creations! Very Steampunk/Victorian! :D

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  5. Gorgeous jackets! I'm on the lookout for a new long coat; the first one is good inspiration.

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    1. Thank you, Sero - and thanks so much for commenting! Happy you found a little bit of inspiration! :o)

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  6. Well it definitely seems that you have the same temperatures at winter as we do. More than freezing cold, painfully cold actually. The coat and jacket are so beautiful!!! I love the details the cut makes with the back, and the trimmings!

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    1. Indeed linnea-maria, we could probably switch locations during the winter and not be able to tell the difference!

      And thank you - the backs of the coats are equally as lovely as the fronts, aren't they? :o)

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  7. both are beautiful, how nice that the owner went the extra mile

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    1. Thank you, Tess! It was really lovely of her, wasn't it? And so appreciated, because now that particular hunt is over with, and the search for the perfect black boots begins ... ;o)

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  8. Oooooh, that first coat is to die for!

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    1. The insomniac, upon seeing that coat, was indeed speechless, and simply let out a little gasp of joy - just like a little talking hamster or something ... ;o)

      Thank you for the card, Clementine Dahling - it was very sweet of you!

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  9. Your coats are both so gorgeous! What amazing service - a hand-made coat, prepared overnight?? That's simply unheard of. Good luck on your boot search!! ;)

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Kitty! It's always nice to be able to support a small business, and in return you get amazing customer service. Although that definitely went above and beyond amazing!!

      One has a pair of lovely black boots bookmarked, but they will have to wait until another contract job comes up - hopefully, they'll still be available by then! :D

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