Readers, where did the weekend go? I can't speak for you, but mine was spent fondling five pounds of fuzzy faux fur.
I'm not complaining though, because miracle of miracles, this fuzz is beginning to look like a coat!
My underlayers are basically done with the exception of staying the lapel fold line and a few other tailoring tasks. Tomorrow I'll attach the facings.
I've stitched so many hinge seams I could do it in my sleep.
My vintage Kenmore 158.141 has proven to be an indefatigable friend. This is actually the first garment I've sewn on it and it has certainly earned its place in my sewing machine collection, not to mention it's a handy computer table too!
Up top I'm basting in my sleeves. Once they were set, I hinge-seamed them in with my Kenmore.
Today I also cut my facings and collars. Those will be straight stitched on. The seam allowances on the pink rabbit fur have to be shaved. My beard trimmer (which is also my head shaver) has been indispensable here, but it needs lots of cleaning and oiling; trimming those seam allowances is a big job and the fur is superfine and very thick and creates lots of fine fuzz.
Here's the undercollar with the seam allowances shaved down.
I also had to shave the seam allowances on the neck of the coat.
I'm still vacuuming up a storm. Goodness knows what the neighbors think I'm up to.
And that's been my weekend, folks. I know this is not going to be the last faux fur garment I make; I really like working with it. It's toasty and surprisingly light, and fortunately, doesn't have to be pink!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everybody, and happy sewing!
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!