Sunday, November 2, 2014

What Not to do When Sewing a Coat

 Fall is officially in the air.
Actually, scratch that, winter is in the air. In typical Kentucky fashion, our weather gods elected to give us 2 weeks of gorgeous autumnal weather before unloading 40 degree days and snow flurries on trick-or-treaters. With these low temperatures I feel all the more motivated to crank out the winter coats on my sewing machine.

My latest creation is a dark green herringbone dress coat. It is lovely, a skirted dress coat with shiny brass buttons and a belted waist line. For this coat I used the McCalls M6800 pattern. I do not know if I will attempt to use this pattern again simply because I found it so tedious to assemble. The pattern said "easy," but apparently that wasn't the case for this chick. I was so excited when I bought this pattern, but have found the entire experience very challenging. 

I will admit that this is not the most shining example of my sewing prowess, but it was definitely a learning experience. For all those budding seamstresses out there, let me tell you that when you make a coat use WOOL. Use a nice heavy weighted fabric so that you do not have to be like me and add stiff interfacing to make up for the lack of body. I fell so in love the herringbone plaid fabric that I elected to work around it. Because of this my coat is very stiff, not very warm, has awkward bulky bits, and was immensely frustrating to sew.

Agh. The buttons pull funny and the bust makes me look like I am hiding a weapons harness underneath all that girth. Additionally, my lining material peaks out the bottom. So frustrating. 
In conclusion my final thought is this: wool for coats from here on out.

Coat: self-made, dress: ASOS