Friday, November 18, 2011

Houndstooth Coat Progress

I've been a very busy girl. The outside of my coat (vogue 8548) is done. I've been following all the tailoring techniques from the famous book Tailoring: the Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket, (which apparently has a new edition out, but looks the same). Here are some of the techniques I used:

See! The inside is not as pretty as the outside.

Added hymo to the bodice portions, bound buttonholes and staytaped the neck edge.

Catchstitch the seam allowance down

Set in sleeve using a bias strip of lambswool (which worked out great)
Back Stay out of hymo, and twill tape on back seam
I also added pockets, and interfaced the rest of the coat with weft, because the fabric had such a loose weave. I've also run out of lining fabric while cutting my last piece out, the sleeve! Now I have to find something else to use. The fabric I had was a blue china silk that I ordered form Mood online, but when it came i was not happy with the quality. I have to find something that will match the pockets, because I am not ripping all that out. I've run just a bit short on the lining and the outer on this coat, so if anyone is also making it, make sure to get extra!

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  1. Wow, that is gorgeous! I really love your fabric.

  2. Woah! I'm about to start making this coat, too. Your version looks fabulous. What an inspired idea to use houndstooth. The couture details are amazing, also.

  3. Gorgeous inside and out. Is it true that you don't have to match up houndstooth? Does it match no matter what?

  4. I love your mustardy houndstooth and I am in awe of your tailoring skills, not something I have tried as yet!

  5. Thanks everyone! @ Faye I did match it up at some seams, or at least attempted to

  6. Great cOat, and it's very well done! Almost done, i mean ::) looking forward to the final result!