Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Spring Pink Coat

A tailoring project for my next Mood Sewing Network project, that has been a long time coming.  The fabric was moved all around my sewing room, just waiting to be made into a fabulous spring coat.  What fabric did I select?  This fabulous Mood Fabrics' Marc Jacobs linen-cotton

I knew right when I purchased this fabric is was going to be a coat, Vogue 8884, in fact.
source Vogue Patterns



 The fabric seems to yell, "good-bye winter, hello, spring."  Or in my case with the Summer solstice approaching, "good-bye spring and hello summer!"  Whichever one you say, this fabric is fabulous to work with and tailor into a coat

My first step for this jacket was cutting out the fabric in a single layer, very important with the design.  I wanted to match all the key parts.  This took some time but if I had not done this, I would have been very disappointed in my outcome.  I followed many steps from a tailoring book and used Karen's e-book for bound buttonholes (fabulous resource) and an Colette Pattern's tutorial  (coat progress links found here and here and here and lastly here)



The plan was the longer view on the Vogue pattern but my daughter, Meredith and I decided that it was just a bit too much coat.  This was a good decision, the length is perfect for a spring jacket.

I applied interfacing to each piece for underlining, as the fabric is a loose weave.  Do take care when moving the pieces before you apply the interfacing.  I would move the piece to the ironing board, lay the pattern piece over the fabric to make sure there was not stretch.  Then I applied the interfacing.  


With this project, I enjoyed each step and realized the importance of back stays,  horsehair canvas for the shoulder area, roll line.  My husband would come into my sewing room and I would tell him, "look at this step, see I matched the arm seam so nicely."  He would respond,"oh,yes" and hurry out of the room before I kept going on and on.

My only moment of panic, the lining.  I had some off-white bemberg in my stash but it was too transparent and not a good look for the coat.  I went to my fabric stash and had just ordered Mood Fabrics' Aquamarine Solid Silk Crepe De Chine, oh the feel of this fabric.   

I was thrilled having this on my shelf and it was a perfect contrast for the pink. 
I added piping to the facing and this is such an easy step with great impact, I will use this all the time with jackets.

One picture with the jacket unbuttoned



Here is one more picture, hands on my hips and my big smile, I love this jacket!

Thank you all for the kind comments during the construction phase, I really appreciate the comments and the encouragement.  For those of you new to tailoring, I highly recommend the book from my first post, I learned so much this go round with a tailored garment. I am more of a visual learner and the pictures are plentiful and helpful.


55 comments:

  1. So beautiful Lori - its a perfect fabric choice!

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    1. Thank you Faye, the fabric is beautiful.

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  2. That coat looks fab! Make me one??? :)

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    1. Thanks, Kyle, I will put you on my very long list! LOL

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  3. Your coat looks fabulous!!

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  4. Your lovely jacket is the epitome of spring and modeled with the perfect background and THANKYOU for sharing your jacket construction journey.

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    1. Thanks, Janine, it does look like spring and my flowers are looking so good after last year's drought. I enjoyed sharing the process.

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  5. Beautiful coat. Thank you sharing your constructions methods.

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    1. Thanks, Alethia, I enjoyed sharing the process and nice to document my steps.

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  6. Lori your coat is beautiful!

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  7. Well done, it is fabulous. Fun inside too.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki, the lining makes me smile.

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  8. Very pretty. Something to really be proud of!

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    1. Thank you, Linda, I will wear it with pride and very happily announce I made this! :)

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  9. It is absolutely lovely!

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    1. Thanks for all your comments, I appreciate them.

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  10. Tailoring a coat is a big project. Yours looks fantastic. You'll get ore wear out of it next spring. I suspect your temps are starting to soar by now. Nice sewing, as always.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen, it was a big project but I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much and yes, the temps are warming up. We usually get a cool spell mid-summer, so maybe!

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  11. Love that jacket, great job!

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  12. I LOVE your new coat! It looks so stylish on you. Thank you for sharing your tailoring tips as you made this coat. I always learn something from what you share. Hope you don't mind that I recently added your blog site to my sidebar and called you one of my 'mentors'. Thank you again for sharing so much through your blog.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa and what an honor to be part of your blog and "mentors". I appreciate your comments and support.

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  13. Gorgeous Lori - definitely screams *no more winter*! :)

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    1. Thank you, Melissa, it is spring.

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  14. You're a brave soul. Haven't made this adventure yet.

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    1. Thanks, it is an adventure.

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  15. This is absolutely beautiful!!

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  16. This is so sweet! I really do love it!

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    1. Thanks, Ginger and thanks for all the comments along the way.

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  17. I would spend hours making a single potholder but never attempt anything to wear. I so enjoy your blog and thank you for posting the step by step posts for us. Your coat looks fabulous. I love the color and the surprise lining is just priceless.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, it is just like a potholder, a step-by-step process. Thanks so much for your kind comments.

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  18. Marvelous! Oh, you will enjoy wearing this!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa, I think it will be a favorite.

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  19. Beautiful, beautiful jacket! You really did an amazing job on this and it is such a wonderful color/print.

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    1. Thank you, Shannon, I really love the print.

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  20. Great looking coat/jacket. I love your fabric choice it works so well for this pattern.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I really like the fabric and the pattern is a winner, too.

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  21. Oh my gosh, your coat is sooo wonderful; I love everything about it! The colour, the print and texture, the styling. You've done an absolutely beautiful job!

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn, you are right about the texture, the fabric has great texture. I appreciate your comments.

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  22. I have loved following your progress on this project. It's just the perfect mix of fabric and pattern and you!
    It's a gorgeous coat, Lori!

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    1. Thank you, Lynne, you are always the sweetest. It is a fun, fun coat.

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  23. I have read your posts on construction like I read a thriller! It's beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Carmen, that is quite the compliment. I appreciate it.

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  24. Your coat looks fabulous and you did an awesome job.

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  25. Your coat is such a great looking classic style. The fun fabric color translates spring/summer time!! Thank you for sharing all your tailoring hints.

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    1. Thank you, Dharma, I think I will enjoy this coat for many years to come.

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  26. Love your version!! That fabric is so pretty.

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