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.
I’m currently on the hunt for buttons for my trench coat. Not having buttons is really the major thing preventing me from finishing my coat. The metal buttons from Italy shown above are perfect, but, as I need 14 for my trench coat, I haven’t yet taken the plunge and ordered them.
Since my last post, I’ve fixed the back facing (which was the right size, by the way) and hemmed the sleeves using Sherry’s instruction. I still haven’t bagged out the bottom hem though. I can’t bring myself to close up the coat until I finish the bound buttonholes. From my understanding of bound buttonholes, you need to be able to sew through the front without sewing through the facing. But, since Sherry bagged out her hem without finishing her buttonholes first, I could be misguided. I’m waiting until I see her make her buttonholes, and if it can be done with the hem in place, then I’ll hem my coat. Otherwise, I plan to do the bound buttonholes first.
But, before I make my buttonholes, I need to get my buttons so that I will know the appropriate size to make said buttonholes. And, you see, we’re back to the beginning. I need buttons.