Here’s part two of my jacket adventure – sewing something I’ve never done before, outerwear!
This post is sponsored by lemon (and lime) fizzy water, and re-runs of vintage X-Files episodes. Actually, while I was watching that (and cackling about their paltry government-only 45mb/min dial-up connection, and then realising it was 20 years ago and feeling very sad) I spotted this creepy little girl and her even more creepy doll…
…and then I thought about this dress…
…and the creepy X-files girl was screaming at her mum to do things of there’d be consequences, and I thought “yeah, I feel for ya, sister”.
Here’s the next stage of the coat design – adding the pockets. I’ve done a little tutorial for some more information on welt pockets, as it’s the first time I’ve tried it (I bet you can tell which one I did nice and slow for the tut and which one I rushed because I had to do a nursery pick-up).
Oh, and I forgot to take pictures of the last stages of stitching the collar, except this one which shows the under-collar part being affixed to the sides and the back of the coat. It confused me a bit at first as it was all in one loop, I didn’t get where the opening was going to be, but when I added the collar it suddenly all fell into place.
Once front and back of the coat are fastened by the collar, you cna see how the whole thing is going to come together – really exciting!
I’m not sure how I feel about the fabric on this funnel-neck coat, it might be a little bit too stiff for the shape, but I guess it’ too late to turn back now! I’ll have a think about top-stitching it later.
Next, to sew the lining together. This is done in the same way as the main body of the coat, but this time you want the seams to be on the outside. This way, when you put the lining inside the jacket, the seams will be enclosed between the two.
Make sure though that you sew the pleat on the back of the lining (at the yoke) to face outwards, the same way as the outer jacket, so that the excess fabric in the pleat slots into the back pleat neatly.
This is what the lining will look like with the seams on the outside! It took a bit of getting my head round to get the arms right – but you just need to make sure you’ve got a flat side-flat side, and seams on the outside when sewing around the shoulder.
That’s all for now – it’s nearly finished but I need to attach the lining and the buttons before it’s ready to wear.
I’m getting really excited!