Thank you Tess & Gigi for taking these photos on our walk last week. Photography by Anastassia
I always knew “Croc” would remain one of my best friends after college. She used to share her croissant ends with me at Starbucks during our freshman year at Notre Dame. Yes, you heard me right — “croissant ends.”
Almost every Tuesday and Thursday before our History class together, we used to grab Starbucks coffee and croissants at the “Huddle” on campus. Not only would she share her study notes, stress, and gossip with me, she always offered me the greasy ends of her croissant, which she knew I loved!
After freshman year, I did the unexpected and transferred to a rival school. Despite this, Croc, a die-hard Notre Dame fan, continued to be one of my best friends. Because of her unwavering support and loyalty, I credit much of my recent success (and freshman lbs…just kidding) to her. As a token of my appreciation, I’ve been scheming with her brother about making her a custom-made garment.
Originally, I planned on making her a dress. But ultimately I decided that without her exact measurements, a coat would be better (and likely worn more often).
During a recent shopping trip to Fishman Fabrics in Chicago, I found 2 yards of navy cashmere. Even though the cashmere was softer than most coating fabrics, it was really beautiful and I knew I could make a cashmere leather coat you wouldn’t find at your average department store. I also knew the navy color would be a perfect fit for a her, a die-hard Notre Dame fan.
It took me a couple weeks to nail down her coat design. At first, I almost chose a collarless coat pattern. But I ultimately decided that the coat would be warmer with a small collar.