Wow this project is kicking my buns … but in a good way!
With the help of many books, not least of all Vogue Sewing, I’ve been trying some tailoring techniques, some with more success than others, and already I can see the things I want to do or do better on the next jacket or coat.
When this is all about done, I’ll turn it inside out and take a photo, before I put the lining in, because there’s just all sorts of interesting things going on inside.
Anyway, here’s the progress:
|Facings have been stitched and are pinned back in place, before I put the lining in to secure them. Red belt is just there to mock up.|
|The back gathers in nicely. The collar looks best standing up. I need to understitch it just a bit more to get it to lay down nicely when folded over|
Some random notes:
- The fur guard on the hem is about 10 pieces stitched together, edge-to-edge. Though it’s faux fur, I’m using the same techniques you would for real fur hides, and it seems to be working.
- The collar is a bit sprung – I stitched the fur directly to the undercollar and stretched it a bit to get the corners to curve down towards the body.
- The fur guard and collar are stitched to the coat completely, but I wouldn’t do it this way again. Vogue Sewing recommends making these pieces separate and just tacking them on, so they can be easily removed later for cleaning. It would also make it *a lot* easier to construct, especially in getting things to lay smoothly. The cuffs I will be doing the “correct” way.
- The sleeve heads are eased in, and make use of shoulder pads and fleece strips to help support the lines. They’re not perfect, but they’re the cleanest set-in sleeves I’ve done so far. The sleeve caps were considerably larger than the armscye – next time I’ll adjust that so they set in more smoothly.
I still have a lot of work to do. I’m debating about adding a warmth layer – I do want to wear this jacket just as a jacket, not as a costume, this winter, and it’s really very thin right now.
|Here’s what the jacket looks like when not belted – it’s a huge tent!|
Bah, my mind is all over the place, so I’ll leave you there, and get back to work!
CarlaOctober 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM
The jacket is turning out beautifully! It looks so cozy and fun already.
GinaOctober 8, 2014 at 2:38 AM
What awesomeness!!! This is getting so fun! Love love love the fur….
RowennaOctober 8, 2014 at 3:19 PM
Love it! Do me a favor: Please wear this out and about, maybe for Christmas shopping, with riding boots and a great pair of jeans. Because it would look awesome. Thanks.
AubryOctober 9, 2014 at 6:39 PM
Wow! The coat is looking seriously gorgeous!