The Simplicity, Arkivestry 100% wool coat I made for the missus in January. It’s SO lovely on her, and makes her swagger and strut. I blogged about every step of making this, and also put the links onto Pattern Review. It weighs a ton, but is exactly right for her. She’s barely 5’ tall, with … Continue reading CoBloWriMo #12-Garment
And here she is- a rainy garden, coffee-mug-clutching photo shoot. Simplicity 1732, Arkivestry coat. 100% lambswool in charcoal grey, trimmed with black peachskin, lined in posh paisley stuff. All sorts of tricksy little couture touches, and she’s a happy bunny indeed. Job’s a good ‘un. Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #12: Twirling in the garden!
My lovely wife tried the coat on again, and decided she doesn’t want to lose any of the length at all, so a ‘normal’ hem was not in the running. However, I noticed that somewhere along the line [maybe when I added the extra interfacing?] the back had become stretched/distorted and wasn’t lying smoothly along … Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #11: Hem-hem
My poor fingers! What I done today: Attached wool undercollar to main coat Joined coat and lining Made faced buttonhole openings on the lining/facing side, using silk organza and some swear words Understitched the facings by hand, because it looks nicer on thick fabrics, avoiding all my usual wobbly and wonky machine stitching Did a … Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #10: Bringing it together
Tailoring, Fairy style: I’ve never been trained, don’t own any sewing books, and basically either make things up as I go or use good old t’Internet. So this is a combination of laziness, excellent blog posts [eg Gertie’s] and good old ‘needs must’. I’m more than happy to be informed of better methods, I’ve bled … Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #9:structure
Long seams all done, and a quick try on for the missus [very happy indeed, much strutting and swishing], so on to the sleeves. Unusual drafting and assembly here- remember that odd cuff design? It’s a tapered pattern piece, so that the short cuff edge meets the long cuff edge. Not acceptable I’m afraid Simplicity! … Continue reading Dawn’s coat #8: Sleevils
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