This April and May 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.
This weekend I did my best to catch up on the Ready-To-Wear Tailoring Sew-Along. I’m happy to say that the trench coat is all together – including the lining, but minus the hem, the buttons, and the button holes.
First, I finished making the belt. I ironed it in half, wrong sides together, tucked in 3/8″ of the raw edges, and topstitched 1/4″ from the folded edge of the raw sides, enclosing them. It wasn’t until I was done that I realized I had no idea how to finish the ends. If I were to do it over, I’d sew it closed inside out and then turn it. For now, I’ve just done my best to make nice ends.
Then, I sewed together the coat following the instructions from the pattern. I read over Sherry’s posts to ensure I didn’t miss any of her valuable advice, but for the most part I found what I needed in the vintage guide. I did follow her instructions for the sleeve head very carefully, as that was a lesson not found in my pattern instructions.
I didn’t want to sew up the hem just yet because there are a few nagging issues I need to fix. The left sleeve bothers me a bit. It doesn’t sit quite as nicely as the right, and I think it’s because I didn’t get the frontmost pleat at the top quite right. More importantly, the back neck facing is off. It’s too large. When I went back to my pattern pieces, I realized that I’d marked the fold line wrong. I’m trying to get up the courage to pull everything apart to stitch in the correct sized facing. Wish me luck!