Are you guys excited? The photo above is what you're aiming for! And, guess what? If you've never sewn a jacket before I know you can do it! You are going to come out of this sew-a-long feeling so good about yourself and loving what you've created! I'm going to try to make it as easy as possible, and will be here to answer your questions every step of the way.
This is how it's going to work. I'm going to break this sew-a-long up into several days this week. For two reasons.
- Those of you that need more time can hopefully have the time that you need.
- I don't overload one single post with a bazillion pictures! :)
Today we're going to do quite a bit. I think today will be the heaviest day. We're going to cut our fabric and sew most of the body of the coat. Keep in mind while following along, that although I am going to do most things in the order of the pattern instructions, I am going to make a couple of changes. I've made these changes with you in mind and how I felt would be the easiest way to make this coat.
Let's get started!
Keep in mind my best sewing time happens at night when the kiddies are in bed. The lighting in my photos is most likely horrible.
Back Piece: 2 main fabric and 2 lining fabric
Front Piece: 2 main fabric and 2 lining fabric
Arm Piece: 2 main fabric and 2 lining fabric
Collar: 1 main fabric and 1 lining fabric (or 2 main fabric and 0 lining fabric)
Back Yoke (cut on fold): 1 main fabric and 1 lining fabric
Front Yoke: 2 main fabric and 2 lining fabric
This pattern (for some) requires that you add in seam allowance. Karen has recently changed the pattern to include seam allowance. If you would like the updated pattern contact her and she will send it to you!
If you need to add seam allowance...
If you don't feel comfortable eyeballing your seam allowance, you can use a ruler or measuring tape to measure out periodically, leave a mark, and then match up your marks all the way around. For me this is too time consuming, thus I wing it! :)
Now, once you have all of your main fabric pieces cut...
Now, by the magic of blogging all of your pieces should be cut out and put aside. :)
Yay, we finally get to sew!
For the sewing we'll start with our collar piece. Take your two collar pieces. Some of you may have chosen to use two different fabrics, or two of the same fabric. Just depends on the look you are going for.
I chose to use my main outer fabric for both pieces.
Right sides together sew the two pieces together leaving the top long edge open. If you are new to sewing curves, go slow! Don't pull at your fabric and just let it feed through the machine while gently guiding it!
Try not clipping and you will see that the curve will not be as nice and perfect looking when turned.
Set your collar aside.
Put your two pieces right sides together and sew down the long edge.
You will notice on your yolk piece, where it turns from a curve on the sides to straight, is only as far as your back piece will pin up to. It does not go to the top of the yolk piece. Make sense?
NOW DO THIS AGAIN WITH YOUR OTHER FRONT PIECE.
Here is where we will end today! Take a deep breath, grab a beverage, and be proud of what you did today. :)
Your kids are probably messing up every room of the house so you should maybe go check on them!
I'll see you tomorrow with part two! Leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer them! :)