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Interfacing the Trench Coat

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 here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

All of the pieces ready and tied with a bow, following Sherry's lead.

After all of the cutting, I moved onto the interfacing. The pattern called for me to interface the collar pieces, the tabs (epaulettes), and the front facing, but Sherry’s list was more thorough. Merging her suggestions with my pattern pieces, I came up with the following list for my own fusing:

  • Front
  • Side Front
  • Front Facing
  • Back Neck Facing
  • Collar Stand
  • Collar
  • Epaulettes
  • Storm Flaps
  • Belt
  • Back Hem
  • Side Back Hem
  • Sleeve Hem

Then I ironed and ironed and ironed. I had no idea I’d need that much interfacing. At 21″ wide, a yard of interfacing doesn’t go very far. But, I’m now caught up to where Sherry is in the Sew-Along. Sewing must be soon, right?

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