Monday, February 28, 2011

Blue Tailcoat - Part 2

Coats are a particular kind of challenge. I've made two without patterns for different periods and I worked in men's alterations for over a year so I've got a solid background... but it's still really interesting to start the process from step one again.

Anyhow, I had to dig out some of my own fabric for the facing and that meant pulling out my bag of whites and creams. I found some sheer stuff I didn't know I had... now I need to make something with it!
A look at the extent of my collection.
The front facing.
My customer asked for a bit of the lining to show around the collar and cuffs. The best way to do this is to create piping. Thankfully I had some thick yarn that would be perfect for the core of the piping.
(I got a new camera. Hence my fascination with taking a lot of pictures, including the soundtrack I was listening to at the time)
Ah, now we get to the meat and potatoes of the operation. Cutting out all the pieces on the main fabric. That was a LOT of cutting!
Here's the piping! It turned out very well... it should look very elegant when inserted into the seams!
This particular seam baffled me for quite awhile. I was worried it wouldn't properly fit together...
But I staystiched and clipped and eased and stretched all according to the instructions and what do you know -- it worked!
Laying out the lining...
Lining is almost done! Just have to add the sleeves! (Which are cut and sewn already)
Stay tuned for part three, coming after I return home on the 11th!


The Scarlet Pimpernel said...

Bravo! Well done!

Victoria Rose said...

I love seeing Danny's coat come together, Elena! He is so thrilled to be having this done.


rose red said...

That looks really cool! By the way, what are you making the coats for? Is it a project or just for fun?

Elenatintil said...

Vicki -- I'm so glad to be able to do it! I just feel bad that sickness caused such a delay!

Rose Red -- it's a project for a customer.