I am really close to finishing the coat and, honestly, I am glad. Project fatigue is starting to set in and it's time to move on to something else. All that's left to do is to tack down the facing, sew the hem, attach/do something with the belt, and attach the buttons.
The pattern calls for elastic loops to secure the buttons. I have no idea where to find this notion or how to make them. I was thinking of getting some hair twisty things and using that. We'll see.
The buttons I intend to use will be about 1.5 inches and ceramic. I made a set for this coat earlier this year, but the color isn't quite the same. I made six more last week and need to have them bisque fired, glazed, and fired again. That process will probably take a couple of weeks.
Anyway, here's where the coat stands now.
The neck area was challenging to sew because of all of the thickness, but I managed. I neglected to serge-finish the neckline, so I hope it doesn't ravel too much. It will be a hot mess if it does and a royal pain in the ass to correct.
I am SOOOOOO glad I went with the Kasha lining. The coat is very warm and feels divine. The upholstery fabric is some sort of polyester on the outside and a super soft cotton/poly blend chenille on the inside. Adding the lining did make the coat much heavier and much more snug. But the trade off of extra warmth without feeling sticky or being shocked by static is totally worth it.
I L.O.V.E. the piping accent. I think I will include piping between the facing and lining on every single jacket. Seriously! This little detail gives such a nice and professional look.
Oh and Tasia's (Sewaholic) tutorial on creating lining pieces? FANTASTIC! Everything went together smoothly. I can't recommend this tute enough.
That's all for now. I'll probably finish up the hem and facing today. Photos of the finished coat and a full review will be posted soon. Gotta get the buttons!