After finally catching a break from busy times at work, I got a chance to sew this weekend. My trench coat is coming along slowly, but surely.
Remember these pictures?
Yeah, I didn't use any of this. Hah. I was looking forward to working some silk magic but ended up ditching that idea in the end. I still plan to make the navy blue trench coat, but for fall instead of now. The red stretch cotton sateen was a world of swears waiting to happen, so back to the stash it goes.
I went traditional with a sandy-colored cotton twill with a hint of sheen on the right side. Despite the dull color, this was the right choice of fabric. It's not too heavy and presses nicely.
I'm sort of half-following the instructions. I completed the back first and fiddled around with the front - filling in blanks as I needed. For example, I made the button hole in the back yoke before attaching it to the back. Why in the world would you want to work a buttonhole after the whole coat is constructed? In fact, the instructions save all of the buttonholes until the end. O_o Who thought this was a good idea? #FailWaitingToHappen
I'm not feeling the gun flap. I hadn't pressed it yet in this picture, but have since then. I'll give it another day on the dress form before deciding to keep or ditch it. I don't know why it's puckering like this. Maybe I needed to adjust the flap for the FBA.
I included a back stay out of pre-washed muslin. I do this on (almost) all jackets and coats.
The jacket and sleeve hems are interfaced as well. For some reason I thought the hem was 5/8" so I cut strips just slightly larger than that. Then I read (somewhere) that the hems are 1 5/8". Oops.
Here's where the coat stands. I have to refit the sides and decide on the gun flap before I can go on to the epaulettes. In the meantime, I tried out button ideas and I think the dark brown buttons make the jacket look timeless. Problem is: I only have ten buttons and I need eleven. I bought the buttons over a year ago and can't find them anymore. Waaaah.
That's all for now. Until next time, peace!