First, I am again sorry for the radio silence. However, I've been working on a somewhat secret project that I will be able to reveal here soon so stay tuned! Rest assured, just because I haven't posed since August, the sewing machine has not been idle. Not only has work been busy, I have actually been doing some personal sewing and will show you everything as soon as this horrible weather stops long enough for my photographer to get some good pics!
I do, however, have a project to share with you today. I recently finished a winter coat for a client who also happens to be my mother! In a fit of generosity, I offered to make her a new wool coat. She picked the pattern from my stash and I even allowed her to pick a cut of wool from my fabric stash (yes, I really love that woman!). This is the pattern she decided on OOP Butterick 6141:
She chose view A and was so smitten by the picture, she decided she would also like it in a red wool with black buttons. I had just the fabric in my stash so we got to work!
The pattern itself is pretty simple. The princess seams go into box pleats and are very easy to sew. However, the instructions are pretty basic. In my humble opinion, why would one take on a tailored coat if not planning on actually tailoring it? With that in mind, I really didn't follow the instructions. I underlined the entire coat in flannel for added insulation and added stays and support inside the coat including shoulder pads and sleeve heads. Here are my bound buttonholes in progress:
Notice all my color coded tacking lines! I prefer to hand baste my layers together for absolute control and you really need tacking lines to follow when doing bound buttonholes. They are just so much more precise when you have all the lines to follow.
I also talked my mom into doing something fun with the lining. One of the things that I really love about making something from scratch is being able to add fun little details like . . .
animal print lining!!!! This is, of course, a silk charmeuse. It feels lovely on the skin and because it's slinky, it won't stick to any sweaters or other bulky layers she wants to wear underneath. Silk charmeuse is my absolute favorite choice for coat and jacket linings. Its more pricy than an acetate or rayon lining, but the feel of silk just can't be beat!
All in all, I think it turned out fantastic. I, unfortunately, don't have a picture of the lovely recipient wearing it yet, but here it is on Sally!
Until next time!