Well, with renos going on around here ,my plan sort of fizzled out. I did ,however make the "sample coat" . I think you'll agree that I can hardly call what resulted a muslin.
Now ,I have to say that I had a very unusual experience in sewing this garment, For the very first time ever, I created a garment without pressing one single seam! Can you believe it?
Let me explain. After cutting out the pieces of this coat, I was auditioning, fusible interfacings to see which I would use and this is what resulted!.
This is what the fabric looks like to begin with.
I was astounded! The fabric does have texture but not puckers!
And there was an awful lot of hand basting including interfacings and edges but I enjoy hand sewing.
Early on , I had decided to change the pockets from patch to welt with a flap and to use brown faux leather for the flaps and as a binding on the collar. I decided against the binding as quite frankly I was tired of working on this thing. So the only focal point the coat is left with are those leather pocket flaps , but that's OK with me.
I reviewed this patterns at Pattern Review so I won't go into details here. Suffice it to say that this is a really great pattern and it will be used for my Paris wool next winter. I made my usual FBA, narrow, sloping shoulder and narrow back alterations, of couse but this is a very well drafted pattern.
So what do you think? I wore my new coat to a funeral today and got loads of compliments. I just have to learn to not point out to anyone who will listen that some of the seams are a little puckery and the hems are not up to standard!!
( I really love the collar )
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