Am I ready to make another coat?
I actually feel more excited about a donegal wool pea coat than I did about the one I just made in coated cotton canvas. I am hoping it will look similar to this:
Here's the tweed I purchased a few weeks ago:
This tweed version will require more hand sewing, but I expect the wool to be easier to work with and much more forgiving, since the coated canvas didn't ease and any ripped seams left visible marks in the coating. Plus, I'm much more familiar with the whole coat-making process, so I know what to expect. And I will have more time: there's nothing else I plan on sewing this month.
I have to dive in and stay focused. Less padding around flea markets and more pad stitching.
One of my goals with this upcoming coat is to get more comfortable working with hair canvas. I've used it now and then (mostly in collars) but I've never interfaced a whole garment with it. (I'll be interfacing primarily the two fronts, along with the collar and collar stand.)
In other news, I did some bike riding this afternoon (temperature in the mid-40's) in my cotton canvas pea coat and it was very comfortable to wear -- and it breathed! One of the reasons I'm excited about making a tweed coat is that the canvas coat is a little light for the colder weather ahead.
I think I have all the supplies I need as well as the tools. Time to bite the bullet.
Are you finding your energy flags more easily on these late autumn days when it's already dark at 4:30 pm? Mine certainly does.
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!