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Check out Rachel's January Coatmaking Class!! 

The Coat Maker Series: The Black Panther Coat “Out of the Shadows”

In Rachel's words, "I was gobsmacked by the movie, The Black Panther!" The third coat in this series jumps out at you, for sure!

The colors, texture, and scenery, -they were almost sensory overload. Even before I’d left the movie theater, I knew I wanted to make a coat. I did not have a clear idea of where I wanted to begin, but when I saw the fabric that is now the coat’s main panel, I thought that would be an excellent place to start. This was supposed to be a quick, fun, and uncomplicated piece. After doing the front with Nakia, the spy, I was in trouble. For General Okoya, the leader of Tchalla's bodyguards, I wanted to create a version of the flap on their tunics. For the rest of the coat, I chose to use a variety of plain black woven and jacquard fabrics. I added machine and hand stitching, buttons, and beads for embellishment.

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