So we're just back from our holiday and I'm itching to use my new fall fabrics. My aunt sent me a gorgeous vintage coat, and it fits dd, so I figure "I can make that, how hard can it be? I can sew peasant tops, and trousers and shirred dresses! The vintage coat was sewn ENTIRELY BY HAND, and I have a machine, right?" This coat has two panels on each side of the front, two panels in the back, two collars and is fully lined.
Here's the coat:
Here's my tute on how to totally mess up making a coat:
1. Ignore the basic structure of lovely original coat. Stick to the rough a-line shape, trace around the coat back and sleeve, added a bit of seam allowance. Become baffled (I've never done buttons before) so wasn't sure about how much they should overlap, how much I should be folding etc. So wing it and hope for the best.
2. Cut fabric as per my "pattern". Forget about logic and cut front left panel on the wrong side of fabric. Sigh and cut again.
3. Do normal things like sewing shoulders and sleeves. Note that sleeves are not wide enough to match up but go for it anyway as it's stretch cord (this will haunt me later)
4. Do other normal things like sewing up sides of body and sleeves, do again because of bad pinning. Hem but forget about the stretch factor and end up with a wavy hem. Put a brave face on.
5. Now basic jacket is constructed, celebrate! Wait a minute, this fabric is ugly, lament! Here's proof:
6. Now that everything I know how to do is finished, consider how to do the buttoney bit. Decide a bit a folding and lots of topstitching. Then ignore.
7. Hmm, what about the collar? Never done one of those before... Cut what you perceive one to look like out of paper, laugh, cut another, laugh bitterly, cut another, adopt stoic attitude towards weird collar.
8. Find garish fabric to make collar. If this coat can get uglier, it's ironic right??
9. Attach collar, realise that center bit above buttons is unfinished so the dreaded bias tape must be used.
10. Stare at unfinished sleeves, decide to use fabric from collar. Cut what you think a cuff looks like out of paper (too narrow) and then again a bit better. Cut fabric on the wrong fold. Cut correctly (ish, that stretch will come in handy again) and attach.
11. Pull out instruction manual for sewing machine and stare blankly at the 10 page button hole section. Pick one and hope for the best. Realise it's wider than the topstitching you did with relish earlier. Have the foresight to stabilise with stitch and tear, but not that you should keep it there when ripping the inside of button hole.
12. Lose buttons down the back of the couch. Find buttons (amongst other things). Attach buttons badly so the panel bunches.
You're done, admire ugly coat! Consider whether it's child abuse to make dd wear it...
Not for the faint hearted, here are pics of the finished article!
In the cold light of day, decide to try it on and I really like it!