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Ariane DeVere
I haz a (fake) Belstaff 
3rd-Nov-2010 02:54 pm
Sherlock - coat twirl
And Sherlock looks a whole lot prettier in it than me, but I've never loved a piece of clothing more than I adore this.  This was advertised on eBay, and I spent weeks trying to talk myself out of it, because it was advertised as cosplay and not a "proper" coat.  It cost just under 200 quid inclusive of shipping from Hong Kong to Britain, and was squeezed so tightly into a small plastic bag that it looked more like the package contained one of John's jumpers than a honkin' great greatcoat, so Customs just waved it through without even opening it and so I didn't incur any additional charges.

But this is way more than just a cosplay.  It's lined, for goodness' sake! It has a small inside pocket for a pink phone!  And it's so well put-together that it feels like it'll last a long time even with everyday wear (and I must be the only person in Britain cursing the mild weather we're having at present!).

I now know what it's like to feel like a million dollars when you're wearing something.  I've never had something made to fit before (obviously - there aren't many people out there who make clothes for people of my size) and every time I put the Coat on I immediately feel fantastic.  I'm almost embarrassed to wear it, cos I'm sure it deserves a better-looking owner. 

But what else would you wear underneath a fake Belstaff than ...

(It was actually "Wear It Pink" day at work where everyone was encouraged to wear pink clothing to raise funds for breast cancer research - though I had a bit of a secondary reason ...)


If you squint really hard at the picture below you can just about see where they've added the 'triangle' detail, although the vent doesn't actually go up beyond the bottom of the belt.


And finally - and simply because I can say it now ... (*giggles and bounces excitedly*) ...

(With thanks to Jo for taking the photos and for putting up with my repeated impatient bouncing on my seat while I waited (very intolerantly) for her to load them to a flash drive for me!)


5th-Nov-2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
That is so beautiful! And your pink and scarf just fit the look :)

Yes, I want some cold weather! I got a lovely aviator jacket for my birthday and it's too warm to wear - where's the November cold?!
5th-Nov-2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
That looks excellent and you look great in it. I love the scarf, and of course, the highly appropriate pink frock! :D
5th-Nov-2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
Lovely coat! And you said it's got an inside pocket, which I always think is one of the best bonuses in a nice coat. Congratulations on finding it (the coat, that is - not the pocket :) ).

Oh, and it looks wonderful with pink!
5th-Nov-2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
You got there before me arghhhh. But congrats it looks awesome.
5th-Nov-2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I approve XD So very much :D the scarf and the coat, perfection :D

and that last macro is made of WIN :D
5th-Nov-2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! I have been staring at it on ebay for a while now. I already got someone to make me The Coat (but out of black wool) or else I'd be jumping on that. But with how much I love coats in general, it is good to know that one is a well made one.
Can I ask how think it is? Would you be warm enough in, say, the snow?
6th-Nov-2010 11:25 am (UTC)
Considering how thin the material is, the Coat is incredibly warm - I think the lining helps as that is quite thick. I wore it last night when the weather was fairly mild and I felt like I was in a sauna and my arms got stuck to the lining, so I think it might well be OK even in snowy conditions. Mind you, I don't think I'll be wearing it all winter for fear of wearing it out, and I note that abby-workshop have now stopped making the Coat (presumably they ran out of material) (which is not surprising, considering how much of it they had to use for mine!).
5th-Nov-2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
That is a beautiful coat, it looks so cosy and warm....
5th-Nov-2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Looks pretty good! They found a pretty good match on the fabric and from what I've seen of other Chinese custom tailor's work, the workmanship is good for the price. I'm sort of lackadaisically going about making my own version right now, and the fabric is the hardest thing to decide on, partly because the photos are all processed and it's hard to tell exactly what Belstaff's tweed looks like.
5th-Nov-2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Our arguments are all invalid...Ha ha ha.
6th-Nov-2010 02:23 am (UTC)
nice! you got the whole ensemble.
6th-Nov-2010 02:08 pm (UTC) - GORGEOUS!
Oh, I want one! That is fantastic and looks amazing; wonderful stuff!

Love, love, love it! And hope to see it in person later in the month...

-VB xxx
6th-Nov-2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! It's beautiful.
I love the little details of the button hole and triangle. It's so LONG too!!

If you don't mind me asking, would you be able to point me in the direction of the seller you bought it from on eBay? (I'm hoping they are still making them!). My student loan is coming through soon and this is the perfect thing to spend it on!
6th-Nov-2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Ooh *winces* sorry, but they've shut down the sale now. I'm guessing they only had a limited amount of that material, and used up most of it making mine. *cringes apologetically*

The link is here in case you want to contact them direct.
11th-Jan-2011 03:33 pm (UTC) - Sherlock threads!
Hi there....found your blog after toodling around looking at Belstaffs and Sherlock in general. I just wanted to say...great pics and I'm more than a little jealous of your great find.

20th-Dec-2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
This is great. The pink goes very well with this coat. :)

Came over here from verityburns and kind of stumbled over this post, because I was really thinking about getting that coat from ebay. I looked everywhere around here, and online too, but it seems long coats are not a thing this winter. *sigh* So, when you as a fan say that it's great, I think I'll get weak. *g* Because - that coat!

The scarf's also fantastic. :)
1st-Oct-2013 03:00 am (UTC)
What might be the name of the place you got this from? I'd like to see if they're still available after all this time. X-) I happened to come across a fake womens' version of "the purple shirt" when I was working today if you're interested in that. :-) As soon as I saw it, I decided that I needed to get one, myself... I just so happen to have the same eye, skin, and (natural) hair color as Benedict, and with as well as it works for him, I thought it might just do me a bit of good. X-)

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