Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Spring coat progress


Did I mention cutting 42 pattern pieces? Check! As a result every surface in my sewing room is covered in glorious coral pink. But let's pick up where I left in my previous post. I started by making a muslin since I had never made an Ottobre pattern before. The fit was spot on, except for some length issues. I added 1cm to the bodice and 5 cm below the waistline.


Ottobre does not provide pattern layouts or cutting suggestions. After adding 6 cm to so many pattern pieces I got a little worried about the amount of fabric I had bought, knowing it was no longer available. Can you believe my luck? After cutting 3.20 meters this was all I have left:


Careful sewing ahead! Messing up the collar, late night scorching incidents or other mishaps and it's game over. Not to mention yet another reason to sew very carefully, coated poplin is hard to handle. It's like sewing leather: no pinning and no unpicking seams. Even the tiniest pin will leave a permanent hole. After finding this out the hard way I reduced the number of pins to the bare minimum and made a quick trip to the hardware store for more washers. Not the heaviest of pattern weights but for this kind of fabric they were doing just fine. Several tests for the topstitching resulted in the use of a microtex needle and stitching at half speed. Note to self: slowing down is clever when unpicking is not an option!

When I finished the cutting I was a bit disappointed by the looks and the hand of the outer shell. Although windproof it was very thin. The print of the lining showed through and it just didn't feel right. Back to the cutting table to add a layer of light weight cotton underlining. By that time I lost count of the number of pattern pieces lying around. 

After the epic cutting session life got busy. Work, tax forms, househunting for a friend. My sewing time got reduced to half an hour to an hour a day. Well, this trench coat may be complex and time consuming but it's easy to split it up into nice, small tasks!


On some days there's just enough time to produce some pockets.....


..or sew mitered corners for the lined vent. For the next few days epaulettes, collar, belt, loops and sleeves are on the do list. Splendid lunch break sewing! Fingers crossed for some more sewing time next week to join all 60+ bits and pieces together. Only time will tell how long it takes to finish this coat but in the meantime I'm enjoying every step of the way.

Happy sewing!

10 comments:

  1. Looking fabulous Marianne. I can just imagine how lovely it is to sew such a beautiful colour Trench coat. You may tempt me to try this pattern one day. Keep up the hard work.

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    1. At the moment tour weather is awful. Storm, rain, hail, and low temperatures. Sewing bright colours really helps to cheer things up. I think you'll like the pattern, well drafted princess seams and lots of details!

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  2. Beautiful...I love how this is taking over the world...in the nicest possible way.

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    1. As long as I can still see the contours of my sewing machine underneath the mess I'm fine ;)

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  3. I love coral pink. It is such a good colour after the long dark winter. Your coat looks beautiful. I am sure it'll be a wonderful addition to your Spring wardrobe. Regards, Trish

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  4. For some reason I seem to have missed your recent posts - maybe I could blame the Bloglovin feed, but more likely it was just me not seeing your blog come up. What a gorgeous coat this will be - and the small steps everyday approach will get you there.

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    1. I hear you on missing posts. Read other blogs, write a post, take pictures or sew? Can be hard to juggle when you're busy! The small steps approach seems to work for this project.

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  5. I'm so intrigued and inspired by this project! I'm not ready for a spring coat yet, but I will enjoy watching yours come to life.

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    1. Hi Najah! It's not any harder than making a dress. Just a big heap of little jobs but nothing about this coat is difficult!

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