Coat making is turning out to be surprisingly satisfying. Lots of little, important tasks, all very unlike each other. If you get fed up with catch-stitching you can sew on some buttons. If your bored of stitching then there's hours of pressing to catch up with. I would LOVE any feedback, good or bad, especially on whether I'm using the correct techniques or not.
Lessons from Coat to date:
#1: Be easy on yourself. I'm framing this coat as a "learning exercise." I've made tons of mistakes (my interfacing seems too short now, which I don't understand) but I'm not worrying too much about it. This is my apprentice coat.
|Can you see how much structure and shape is now built into these pieces? It's really exciting.|
Lesson #2: Understand your fabric. I didn't realize how thick my fashion fabric really is. It has an almost cartoonish, Marc Jacob's quality. Like the fabric has been slightly exaggerated. It would have been smarter to either go with a simpler design (boring) OR play up the fabric with bigger buttonholes and buttons. As it is this bound buttonholes are ridiculously thick. But it's my apprentice coat. I'll work with it. Question: Should I catch stick my seam allowances to the fashion fabric? They are super thick and spongy. Worried I should tack them down to help the coat keep it's shape over the years.
|A finished sleeve, ready to go.|
What fun eh!