December 22, 2014

2014 WINTER COAT PROJECT...

...finally finished all of that underlining, applied a layer of interfacing to the back, front, and front facing.  Now it's time to move on to applying a little more structure to places that need extra strength and places that might cave my coat in in certain areas.  This is my first time using horsehair canvas interfacing - I always told myself that it was just too expensive.  But after discovering that you DON"T have to interface the entire coat with the stuff, I decided to give it a try.  I made the coat's back stay and a shoulder stay pattern and cut those from the canvas.  Wish I had purchased fusible because my fingers are finally showing wear and tear from all my hand stitching.  (I don't feel comfortable using a thimble to my demise.) I'll also use the canvas for my hems because I am SURE that will make a difference in my finished project.
Looks a mess with all that hand stitching BUT thank God for linings.  Next I'll pad stitch and tape the lapel since I may have to delay my trip a couple of days because the weather outside is frightful...

9 comments:

  1. I love the insides of coats. It's like we know a secret. Most people have no idea what goes inside a coat/jacket. Can't wait to see the finished project.

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    1. I've been able to dedicate two full days working on it. So far, so good.

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  2. I agree with Teri and can't wait to see your coat completed as well. Living in Florida, I don't make coats like i did when I lived in Wisconsin. I really miss it too!

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    1. You don't make coats BUT you make plenty of other beautiful things! Thanks for cheering me on!

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  3. The pad stitching is what's going to get you I thinks. It's the part I'm dreading on my sons suit jacket. I think you might want to consider Kenneth kings method for installing horsehair canvas. It is an awesome alternative.

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    1. Yes, I will take a look at King's horsehair canvas method. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I've got the padstitching whipped - used Kenneth King's method of using a serpentine stitch in lieu of all that hand stitching. Got that tip from Erica Bunker - I used it on another coat project and LOVE IT! Pictures to come.

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  5. i'm with you on thimbles! kicking and screaming!!

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  6. Two full days of sewing?! You're making great progress Faye!

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