Mark your calendar folks, Laura used a Pattern!
I saw this pattern originally in a Baby Lock Project Ideas book I got last year when I was in St. Louis training on the machines. I fell in love with that funky collar. That’s the ONLY reason I bought this pattern on eBay for $6.
I “watched” this pattern for nearly a month before I finally just took the plunge and bought it. I don’t have a good track record with patterns… $6 is pretty cheap but, still. I was very anxious about this… but I just HAD to try to make that awesome “View B” Red coat 🙂
As fate would have it someone donated a TON of fabric to us and I was able to use this lovely red velvet for the coat.
This is velvet, which is very difficult to work with. I knew I was trying my luck, but I really thought I could handle it and I thought the coat would be totally amazing and warm so I just went for it!
I chose this brown fabric for the lining (Also donated and completely free to me).
I got all the pieces cut and prepped with no problem.
MUCH to my surprise, the assembly wasn’t too bad either. I was able to follow the directions very easily… which scared me a little bit. So far, this seemed too good to be true… So I tested the fit on Minnie periodically just to make sure. Pattern sizes are always at least 3 sizes larger than my store/ready-to-wear size. NOTHING I’ve ever made with a pattern has fit me right…
To me, this seemed big… but then again, factoring in seam allowances and the fact I’d be wearing winter wear underneath this coat, having a little extra room is a good thing, right? So I proceeded.
Believe it or not, even this step was simple. I was really feeling pretty proud of myself because Linings, too, happen to be my nemesis. All this material (and velvet!) was super thick in these steps but it was no match for the Janome 6600P!
This is where I started deviating from the instructions a little bit because it called for some hand sewing at the hems… I don’t hand sew. Not because it’s beneath me or anything stupid like that but because I don’t know how! So I did the hems with a sewing machine…
It’s all puckery and billowy… I seam ripped this sucker and resewed it 4 times… and then I gave up.
Everything was finished except for the jacket closure (and the hems…) so I moved on for the time being. The pattern called for toggles, but I didn’t have any and I wasn’t going to buy them 🙂 So, I decided to use buttons instead. The coat is big on me so far, and I didn’t have the energy to take it in properly (By ripping out lining and taking it and velvet in and reattaching them)…so I thought I could use the buttons to help cinch it a bit.
Then, I made the buttonholes for them.
Then, I sewed on the buttons.
Fast forward several months ahead when I received Beth’s Refashion Handbook for doing Project Runway. In the book, Beth explains hand sewing… so, I hand sewed for the very first time in my life and FINALLY finished the hems 🙂
It was finished, appropriately enough, for a snowy Valentine’s Day.
So… Lemme tell ya. I STILL hate patterns! I am not happy with how this turned out… I mean, it’s okay but it’s nothing spectacular.
It’s too big, which makes me mad. I made this in the right size, according to my measurements! AND, I sewed them together with the proper seam allowances! Patterns just can’t. be. trusted.
In spite of myself, I think the snow is pretty #IHATEwinter
So, I just realized that the left collar is tucked in to the jacket… *sigh
It’s Valentine’s Day so I figured, what the heck, I’m gonna have a little fun with filters.
I edit all my pictures at pixlr.com. I’m not a professional photographer by any means, but I thought it’d be nice to give pixlr a shout-out. They have specialty holiday/seasonal filters sometimes and this is one of them. It’s absolutely free to use this site and my pictures definitely look better with the help of these filters 🙂
I’m categorizing this one as an epic fail; however, it does feel good to try new things. More importantly, I’m proud I didn’t give up. Even though this took me months to finish, I did finish it. Hopefully, the person I donate this to will enjoy it.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours.