Of course with any jacket, cutting out is one of the biggest jobs!! With the coat, the cape & the lining thats a lot of pieces. The pattern only asked you to interface a few pieces. But I wasn't confident that gave enough structure, so I followed what I did in my Francine jacket making process interfacing a lot more. I didn't cut it very accurately as I was using some odd shaped scraps I had to work around, but I did the top & bottom of all pieces on back & side body, then interfaced the full front pieces.
so first up putting the cape together - easy bit and exciting!
So first time round was a disaster, it clearly was sewn in the wrong place as nothing lay flat round the neck and the back was way lower than the front... grrr
The only way I could make it work was by unpicking, sewing the bottom side seam up towards the underarm (that bit should definitely meet!) and sewing the cape to the back as that should also be flat, then doing this on my dress form to work out where the shoulder bit should come together so everything else works flat.
then on the next step you are eventually aiming for all the bits to come together neatly. One side on mine is a lot less neat than the other but you live & learn & I d already done too much unpicking to risk any more on this fabric ( I was already on my second front panel and didn't have enough fabric to cut a 3rd!)
I still lined the sleeves with satin as i find that much smoother for getting on & off and in wear, but the body lining is perfect in tana lawn.
And I didn't forget to sew in one of my tags! I was tight on fabric so I didn't get the stripe pattern matching perfectly on the facing, but hey, lets call it a design feature ;)
Attaching the collar was fine, just I had an issue with bulk- Collar, coat, cape all sewn together with 4 of the pieces interfaced makes for a big thick bit!! If I was doing it again I would perhaps look to attach the cape or collar differently so they don't all meet. Or sew the facing of the coat and the back of the collar with a lining fabric thats much thinner to reduce bulk. But with some good trimming and layering of the seam, its ok. Actually it looks really bulky on the hanger but when you wear it you can't feel or see it.
I bagged the lining following the Closet Case Files Clare Coat directions - see the guide on their website as it worked magic last time and did again here.
So one final thing I should tell you about - fate meets opportunity. I had a small scissor incident and when I cut my 2nd front piece, I got it too short. Don't ask. And as I already mentioned, I hadn't enough fabric for a 3rd attempt. So I shortened the other front piece and decided to engineer a dipped hem. I absolutely love it. I think its better in style than the original, I m so happy with my mistake (and its not often I say that). I cut the other front piece to same size as my mistake piece, then I graded the sides down to the original length at the back, creating a sweeping hem line. I also took it in a bit more at the sides to create a great silhouette on.
As per my previous coats, I wasn't going to ruin it with sewing button holes on my machine so I basted position of button holes and went to DM buttons in SoHo who kindly did them for me on their industrial machines for £5. Money very well spent.
So there we go, I love this jacket. When I started it, I had in mind it would be a lightweight spring jacket as the wool fabric is not so thick. But actually with the interfacing, lining and the fact it has so many layers, it is rather warm!
Here is the final jacket, on & off. It looks great with jeans. I'd recommend this pattern for sure, just have a rough go of working out the assembly of the body/cape before committing your precious fabric. ;)
Now my final thing- I m not sure I sewed the buttons in the right spot. The collars are equal in size, I ve triple checked but they don't look it on and the front hangs down a bit. I think I need to redo the buttons, pulling the front further over so the front piece goes higher up under the collar and the collar pieces come closer together. What do you think? I already re did the buttons once,but they are not right are they?
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