The long seams are all sewn and pressed [that was very hot sweaty work], and slow but sure, they’re also being caught down to the underlining. This really does make a difference to the finish on special projects, and is not too boring as long as I have an audiobook to listen to. While I … Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #7: The seamy side
Not a huge amount of energy tonight [I swear those GCSE students are psychic vampires] but I managed to neaten the insides of the buttonholes, and make the pockets on the coat. Nicely drafted these, with cute little curves at the top so they don’t get caught into the side seams and made smaller. My … Continue reading Dawn’s coat #6: Pocketer-pocketer
That didn’t take all that long, but it did take some concentration! Just before I started, I decided to interface the coat front, and then had some issues with it bubbling a bit. Gah! Fortunately, it’s a good quality woven fusible, and is fairly amenable to being pulled off and re positioned. It’s far from … Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #5: buttonholes!
I didn’t get much done yesterday, but I’m happy with what I did. I joined the front facings to the upper collar piece, and CAREFULLY pressed that so-easily-scorchable lining. Thank you pressing cloth! Then I carefully marked the seam line on the facing edge, and basted a folded piece of burgundy shot taffeta bias binding … Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #4- pipe smokin’
I got it aaaaallllllll cut out today. The lining, and the main fabric were straightforward enough, but I went more slowly than usual because of the price of it all! I dug out duvet cover which we hardly used because its taffeta top layer was beautiful but deafening, and used the [poly?]cotton back of it … Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #3: Cutting Edge
All decisions have been reached, and the buttons have arrived! I had to work in the city centre on Tuesday, so used lunchtime to nip down to the market and bought some buttons for Dawn to consider for her coat. She liked all the choices, but wasn’t ready to commit to any of them. I’d … Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #2-all buttoned up
Simplicity 1732, ‘Victorian’ coat by Arkivestry. Off we trotted to Fancy Silk Store [via a delicious late lunch at Café Rouge, yum]. We had a brief pitstop at Barry’s too, as I wanted more of their top quality fusible interfacing, and some hair canvas for the collar/back stay. We saw some lovely stuff at Barry’s, … Continue reading Dawn’s coat #1