Oh, how I wish there were days when I had nothing to do but sew!!! I am making progress, but it seems rather slow...especially when I think I'll be done with a certain stage in a couple of hours, and a day later, I'm only halfway there! But crises have been averted, and I am, once again, really happy with how it's looking :)
I do have a few notes to make, however.
ADVANCED Vogue's Definition: The finest patterns featuring the best of European and American Couture. Perfect for those who like the sewing challenge of professional tailoring and fine couture techniques. Expect intricate fashion shaping, hidden construction details, couture inner construction, fine touches of hand sewing and bias draping.
I don't know about the "couture" bit, and Koos isn't known for a love of tailoring, but in my somewhat limited experience, I have to at least partially agree with the rating. I would just rate it "Not for the faint of (sewing) heart". I do not, by any stretch, consider myself an "Advanced" sewist, so if I can do it (and I CAN!)....well, chances are, you can too :)
This is a lesson called "Do what I say, not what I did".
I love all of my fabrics, really, I do. But...... (biggify for the words)
I HIGHLY recommend choosing stable fabrics, all with similar weight and hand. For construction ease, this can really save you some angst. Of course, if you're like me, you're going to go for the colors, textures, and variety that speak to you, and just deal with the angst anyway. Just don't say I didn't warn you!
Also, I recommend a relatively thin fabric for the bias strip (mine was a bit thick....of course). :::rolleyes::: Bear in mind that, once you start flat felling the sleeves onto the coat, you'll be going over multiple layers of fabric, especially when you start crossing the bias strips!
(Note that I didn't even mention the inside fabric in the above pic, which caused most of my angst......if you saw my previous post, you already know about that....)
Sizing and Alterations
It runs large. I started with a Medium muslin, & ended up making a Small.
I only made 2 alterations. One was on the Sleeve length, which I shortened at the wrist end, like so:
|It's an odd-shaped sleeve;|
I marked the shortening line to run perpendicular to the grain line,
& then trimmed the edges to smooth them out.
After I had the body of the coat put together, one of those niggly little back-of-the-mind voices that had been whispering to me finally made itself be heard. Loudly. Notice the height of the collar on this model (who almost certainly has a neck that is twice as long as mine to start with).
I was drowning beneath this collar! It either had to be folded over, or it would create its own fold all around the center of the collar. Not a good look! Luckily, I was still at a stage where I could unpick the stitching & cut down the height (by over 1")...I made an 'after the fact' notation on the pattern piece:
The overall length is closer to coat than jacket (at least on my 5'4" [almost] frame), much longer at the back than at the front, but I'm fine with the length as is. You could just trim the bottom of it off if you wanted it shorter. Which I would probably wait to do until after you had all of the piecing done....it could be a little tricky figuring out just how it falls until you have it to a point where you can at least pin the body of it together.
I remember doing these early on in my former sewing life.
Not much though, because mostly I remember hating doing them.
Clearly, though, it was time to change my attitude, since all of the remaining seams in this jacket need to be flat-felled. The problem (for me) was how to deal with 4 thicknesses of wool fabric being sewn & folded (making 6 thicknesses for the topstitching...even more when you start sewing over the bias strips!)
After trimming the inside SA to a scant 1/4", I decided to trim the inside fabric of the outer SA as close as possible to the seam line. This means I would only be folding over one thickness, instead of two (Did that make sense?)
|SA on the upper side of the pic is a full 5/8"|
The next layer of fabric is trimmed right next to the seam
The two fabrics on the other side of the SA are trimmed to a scant 1/4"
For the pressing portion of the seams, I decided to use a technique I learned when working with slippery silk charmeuse. I folded the wide seam over & pinned it in place directly on to the ironing board, using glass head pins, & poking them in at a sharp angle.
Steam & Press it into submission, then let it rest until it's cool:
The finished, top-stitched result - I'm happy with it!
I'll leave you with a shot of the ugly truth of the scene on the inside, soon to be hidden (hopefully!) beneath the pocket. (But don't show this picture to anyone else, OK?)
Next up: sewing the sleeves on to the jacket, making the pocket welts, installing the pockets, and ... dare I say it ... completion!!!!