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The Ready-To-Wear Tailoring Sew-Along

This April I’m sewing along with Sherry at Pattern~Scissors~Cloth. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I are all making coats following the construction methods used in ready-to-wear tailoring. Mine is a Burberry-inspired trench coat, and this post marks the beginning of the saga.

The fashion fabric for an upcoming Burberry-style rain coat.

Earlier in the week when I was reading the Pattern~Scissors~Cloth blog for guidance on making bound buttonholes, I noticed that Sherry, the author, was getting ready to host a Sew-Along on ready-to-wear tailoring. As you can probably guess by my recent impulses, I signed up. Ever since my husband and I bought a bolt of Burberry wool rainwear, I’d wanted to make a Burberry-style rain coat. Inspired by the Burberry advertisement in the following photo, I picked up a vintage pattern that looked similar and some camel-colored wool gabardine awhile ago.

My pattern and inspiration. We'll see how many of those differences I end up incorporating. Update: I now think there are only six rows of buttons. The seventh is just a shadow. Update, again: Kimbersew on Flickr pointed out that the sleeve caps also have pleats in them.

This coat was definitely getting made some time during the year of the coat, so I figured I should take lessons from more experienced sewers when I can get them.

So far Sherry’s discussed…

…and, we’re only two days in to the actual Sew-Along!

Since I’d planned on making the coat prior to this Sew-Along, I wasn’t aware of all of her advice when I bought my fabrics. My outer wool is gabardine, and I just have to hope that care on my part will make up for any difficulty from this fabric. Also, I was planning to make the entire lining out of the Burberry striped wool rainwear, but Sherry recommends a slippery lining like that found in most ready-to-wear jackets. The wool rainwear is definitely not slippery. But, it will add to the rain protection of the coat and complete the Burberry look that I’m going for.

Right now my (naïve?) plan is to use the camel-colored gabardine for the outer jacket and the front facings and to use the striped Burberry fabric for the lining and under collar. Sherry is going to interface the under collar stand, as noted above, but I plan to add a collar stand using a previous post of hers to guide me through the process.

Wish me luck as I put my spring pants on hold once again and tackle this fun and challenging rain coat!

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16 thoughts on “The Ready-To-Wear Tailoring Sew-Along

  1. How coincidental we have the same vintage pattern!!
    My only hesitation with gabardine is that it is so firmly woven it can be hard to ease into the sleeve, but with this pattern I made my toile in 100% polyester, and the sleeve eased in OK (which was very surprising!), so I should think your gabardine will be fine.
    Love your fabric choices!

    1. Thanks for the tips. I look forward to sewing along with you this month. I’ve already learned so much about pattern tracing and alterations from your first few posts.

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