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  • Dark purple show coat?

    Ok, I`ve been going back and forth about this and I figured I`d poll some people:

    I`m going to make myself a show coat (yes, I know I`m nuts!) and I`ve been looking at fabric and have fallen in love with dark purple material. Not bright, like the dark navy of purples. Like this(ish): http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/ca...px?ItmID=RR331

    I`m not showing the A`s, I`m really not showing much but when I do its mostly local with some young horses and often in the jumpers.

    I`d pair it with a white shirt, TS breeches, and a CO hampton helmet... so pretty classic otherwise. Also the horse would be groomed and turned out to the 9s- I would never do anything less.

    What do you guys think? If we have navy which is dark blue, and hunter green which is dark green, why can`t we have dark purple coats?
    Times and traditions in the horse world shift and change, much of the old grandeur has been lost; But for one brief shining moment, there was a gigantic shocking pink d**** in the Hunterdon tack room.

  • #2
    I, for one, adore it!!! While you're at it, could you make me one too? I would totally rock it in the jumpers! I think it's really subtle but something new and different. I am all for the classic look and am really picky on my coats, but I think you picked out a great color to try. Especially since you're wearing it with something so classic too - white shirt and tan breeches. I say go for it!! (and again... totally serious about you making me one too!! )


    • #3
      I LOVE the color purple...so my biased opinion would be go for it! And if you do, I expect pictures
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      • #4
        I don't do hunters but I like it! Please post pictures when you complete it! I can make simple articles of clothing but would never dream of making a jacket! I'm sure I could make one, I just doubt it would fit whomever I made it for!
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        • #5
          I would LOVE a purple coat! I have a GP that is dark navy w/purple overplaid & a vivid purple lining, and an RJ that is med. navy with grey/purple overplad and a lavendar lining. I wear either white (w/purple or lavendar monograms) or various lavendar/lilac (some plaids) shirts. I'm always looking, in vain, for a purple hunt coat. I would definitely covet yours!

          PLEASE post a pic. when you're done


          • #6
            I am pretty conservative and I acutally really like it! As long as it doesn't look like carol's from the saddle club
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            • #7
              I've wanted one for a long time- really deep eggplant, almost black. Jealous!


              • #8
                Originally posted by woodhillsmanhattan View Post
                As long as it doesn't look like carol's from the saddle club

                I LOVE purple and my coat is grey with purple striping so I may be bias but I think that would make a lovely jacket
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                • #9
                  I really like it! It's a pretty tasteful shade of purple as far as 'non-conservative' colors go...infact, I had to squint at it to tell it was purple! You MUST post pictures as soon as you are done with this coat


                  • #10
                    Arista is making a dressage coat in Eggplant now, which is a similar color- I think it will be the new Navy



                    • #11
                      Beautiful! I think if you like it, then why not? Jumper land is a little more relaxed than hunter land.
                      I'd rather be riding!


                      • #12
                        I love it! I must have it! I'd wear it in the hunters, too! I mean, it's subtle enough, and with the conservative shirt, etc, why not??? Purple is my color, too! (my favorite!)
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                        • #13
                          oooh, I want one too! would look beautiful on my dark grey horse. Looks like you've got yourself a new business to support your horse! Can we see pics when you are done?


                          • #14
                            I LOVE IT - it will be just beautiful! Remember to post pictures when it is done...


                            • #15
                              I HAVE ONE! deep eggplant purple with pinstripes. i love it.

                              it's an older Grand Prix i picked up used for $75, it's my only coat, and i've shown hunters and eq in it. i've worn white, light lilac, and pale pink/beige shirts with it, and all those colors looked great. i adooore my coat! i'll try to get pics up at some point.. i'm at work now being delinquent.
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                              • #16
                                Go for it CDN! And I'd love to see when it's finished!

                                I have 2 "purple" coats, one is a bit of an eggplant colour similar to the tone of your fabric with a navy windowpane and the other is (hard to describe) almost a charcoal with a purple undertone with a brighter purple pinstripe and royal lining. I get more compliments on these two coats than any other jackets!

                                This is the eggplant-ish one being borrowed by one of my students (sorry I can't seem to find any really good pictures of it) - http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/ph...&id=1770451853

                                This is the more "purple" of the two jackets - http://good-times.webshots.com/photo...53076870VsXhNG

                                I found it funny that while looking for good pics to show off the colours, I came across this photo of two of my students who were borrowing both of my purple jackets for a show standing together! - http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/ph...&id=1770451853

                                Purple can be beautiful and classy, and just a little bit different!
                                Last edited by GreystoneKC; May. 12, 2009, 09:40 AM. Reason: Put "classic" instead of "classy" and purple is certainly NOT "classic"! lol
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                                • #17
                                  Where did you find a pattern for a show coat? I might have to consider making one!
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                                  • #18
                                    Try Suitability - I am also making a coat (although not in such an awesome color!) and my pattern is from there.


                                    • #19
                                      I like it...its classy....

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                                      • #20
                                        I like it! Good luck on making it... You will have to post pictures of the final product.