i don't post here terribly often anymore... i've mostly been in a sewing rut since the onset of autumn. whatever! i actually worked on this coat for a few months... started august & finished on thanksgiving day
it has been a true labor of love, a ridiculous expense (i think i got somewhere to the $250 range, tbh) & a definite learning experience. but i'm done & i couldn't be happier with the outcome!
come bask with me, plz
this is the pattern i used - colette pattern's lady grey. it is labeled "advanced," but honestly, the directions as indicated in the pattern are pretty easy and straightforward. thankfully, i did not have to make any changes to the actual pattern - i cut a straight size 4 - but the actual construction is completely different from what's suggested. i didn't even follow the instructions, i went with gertie's lady grey sew-along (http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/search/label/Lady%20Grey%20Sew-Along
) (psst: this is AWESOME if you are thinking about jumping into tailoring. awesome awesome awesome!).
changes i made to the construction:
- interfaced the entire front with hair canvas
- added a muslin back stay
- padstitched the lapels and undercollar
- weft interfacing along the back hem
- bound buttonholes
- eased in the sleeves using a bias-cut piece of fleece (instead of the usual gathering stitches)
- sewed contrasting lace along the bottom edge of the inside lining (since the lining & shell hem did not match up for some reason)
- interlined the entire coat with lightweight flannel for warmth
- added shoulderpads
- the only topstitching i did was on the coat shell seams - not the sleeves, not around the collar & lapels
- hand-embroidered a fancy monogram tag to put on the inside!
my bound buttonhole, and the pretty button i used
this picture shows the true color best; my other pictures are horrrrrible haha
ok ok, enough! coat pictures now!
like i said, totally pleased with the outcome! the only changes i would make (if i were to make this again) is i would make the sleeves full-length instead of bracelet-length... i just don't think the shorter version suits me as well. plus, i'd like to be able to wear it without long gloves
also, the waist tie could have benefited from a bit of interfacing where it threads through the belt loops at the back - it has a tendency to bunch up if i'm not careful.
i don't want to bog this post down any more than neccessary, so if you want to see more pictures, you can head over to my blog: http://lladybird.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/completed-the-lady-grey
. for a full list of the construction details (and pictures too! yay pictures!), check out http://lladybird.wordpress.com/tag/lady-grey
- my lady grey tag
thank you so much for looking!
please let me know what you think