Man, I was doing pretty good sharing each week and staying on schedule until...my machine broke and had to be sent in for service, then the whole family came down with the flu. Finally yesterday I felt up to doing more than just sitting my ass on the couch and watching episode after episode of Friends & Poirot. I guess that's the way to end the first month!
pattern, which is free, is in Russian and came with no instructions! Putting the shell together wasn't too hard, This loosly woven houndstooth was kinda hard to work with. I forgot to put pockets in at first so I tried to tear the side seam out to put them in and it did not like me after that. I immediately put down my seam ripper and just stitched my little side seam hole back up. Who needs pockets anyway!
"bag the lining" thanks to Jen from Grainline, I feel like an advertisement for her but she just has all the tailoring techniques I currently need and she explains it in a way I can wrap my mind around. I also had to draft the lining from scratch, yet again, Grainline has a tutorial for that!
Originally I had planned on just using a grey lining, but Amber from So I Sewed This asked me what lining I was going to use which made me realize that plain ole lining was just not going to do it for this awesome graphic coat! I mean, what's the point of handmade if it's boring? The lining is a floral rayon challis and was a little more than I would usually spend on something no one will really see, but I LOVE it!
All in all I love the finished product. I feel like I made a nice dressy coat that will last more than just a season, and fits well. Plus I feel so fancy with my leather gloves!This coat has added about 4 other coats to my list of want to makes. I'm such a fan of online tutorials but I have to ask, When you want to learn a new technique do you reach for the computer or a book? Which book or website?