holy smokes! i made a coat! a real coat that looks… real!woooooo!!!!!! way back when i started planning out this coat, the style, fabric choices, etc… my oldest daughter (8 yrs old) was nosing over my shoulder and said: “what, are you making a sherlock holmes coat?” huh? no. well… oh… hmmm. see, i kind … Continue reading project winter coat: finished it!
it’s time to talk lining. there are about as many ways to finish a coat lining as there are people lining coats. and, until you’ve done one yourself, it’s just hard to visualize what the heck they’re all talking about! what i’m showing here is a super easy, no-hand-stitching-required way.but before i get to that… … Continue reading project winter coat: bagging the lining
now we’re ready to sew on the under collar to the shell. this can be a little tricky, and honestly i don’t have too many words of wisdom here other than TAKE YOUR TIME. this isn’t one of those “i just want to finish one more step before i stop” bits. if you rush through it, … Continue reading project winter coat: the collar and facing
i’m not much of a shoulder pad person, but i do know that a tailored coat needs some oomph to maintain the structured shoulder you’ve worked so hard to achieve. i never could remember to hunt down shoulder pads when i was at the fabric store or shopping online, so i decided to make my … Continue reading project winter coat: custom shoulder pads
having to set in a sleeve can strike fear in the heart of many a sewist. can’t say i was much different until i discovered this super awesome technique. i wish i could say i am the genius behind this little trick, but truth be told i found this while scouring gertie’s blog a while … Continue reading project winter coat: setting in the sleeves
once everything is fused and cut it’s… wait for it… SEWING TIME!!! so now you’ll do your major construction of the shell. after all the laborious (and boring) prep work this will feel like a fast forward moment. sew, press, repeat! just remember all those things about not pressing directly on the wool (use a … Continue reading project winter coat: in-seam welt pocket
okay, computer is back and fully functioning… woot! i believe last week i posted about what coat pieces need fusible, so i’m just going to expound upon that for a moment. for the main pieces i did a block fuse, which just means that you fuse a large piece of fabric and then cut your pattern … Continue reading project winter coat: the roll line
i didn’t mean to have another rambling picture-less post but my dear sweet computer is having it’s graphics card replaced (or some such nonsense) since the monitor went ka-poot. ——————————————— i have successfully pre treated my “fashion fabrics” (am i the only one who kind of hates that term? i feel like i am anything … Continue reading project winter coat: time to fuse!
once your muslin is done and you know what pattern changes you have to make, it’s time to start thinking about the fabric and what to do with it before cutting. my shell is 100% wool and my lining is 100% silk. egads! we’re definitely in “dry-clean-only!-do-not-throw-that-stuff-in-the-wash!” territory. being that i have very little experience … Continue reading project winter coat: fabric treatment and a few odds and ends
i finally got around to sewing up the muslin for my coat and i’m rather pleased with how it looks. but… before i get into what i like about it, can i just vent for a moment about some bizarre pattern drafting? i can see that you are collectively nodding your heads in fervent agreement.i’m … Continue reading project winter coat: the muslin