How long does it take to sew a coat from scratch? Three weeks. What’s the best fabric to use? Keep reading…
This is my contribution.
I chose to sew the coat from V1537. I loved the Jackie Kennedy vibe, but promptly forgot the cocktail theme of this sewalong. If I was going to invest this amount of time into a make, I wanted a day wear friendly item.
The fashion fabric is – wait for it – IKEA curtain fabric, retailing at £4 a metre. As soon as I handled the cotton, I knew it was right. I wasn’t wrong.
In the extreme yin and yang of sewing, the lining is Liberty of London tana lawn bought from the ever inspiring Fabric Godmother.
Not even gonna lie, this was quite the make. Many, many techniques went into this. Every piece of fashion fabric had weft fusible interfacing added. The pattern instructions included four bound button holes (though I used my own ebook to carry out this technique) and top stitching. I added extra techniques of prick stitching the collar and pockets, adding shoulder pads, sleeve head rolls and a back stay.
I’ll blog separately about these construction details. For now, let’s enjoy the finished object.
The pattern itself is great. I went down a size from the recommended size but other than that made not a single modification. I love the oversized patch pockets, the collar and the bracelet length sleeves with tabs. This is a real cutie.
I bought six buttons for an incredible £2.50 here.
As always with these more ambitious projects, the sewing slows right down towards the end. At least five hours’ of hand sewing. If you can’t take a deep breath, let your heartbeat slow and sit with the tip of your nose millimetres away from the glint of a needle, you’d better not sew a coat.
But trust me. It’s worth it.