My plaid Burda overcoat is coming along slowly but surely.
On Wednesday I cut my front pockets. They were supposed to be single welt pockets but due to a slight case of mismeasuring (and consequent cutting) they turned into double welt pockets. A lucky save.
I'm making keyhole buttonholes myself with my Singer buttonholer (the beige plastic one that uses templates) and have incorporated a hidden button placket, which one often finds on coats like these. Burda 7780 is a pretty stripped-down coat pattern -- no back vent, only a half lining (I'm adding a full one), and perhaps worst of all, no inside pocket (I'm adding two, for wallet and sunglasses).
As of tonight (Friday) my coat looks like this (below). I attached the sleeves, the facings are in, and the collar just needs to be topstitched. I still have to attach my lining pieces and insert them, and then hem the coat and add the buttons. I hope to finish this sometime next week as I don't expect to be able to sew this weekend.
In other news, I had my patternmaking class again on Wednesday night. We used the pattern we drafted last week to make a muslin to fit our dress form. Here's mine: a shapely Size 8.
We then put the pinned muslin on the form and, with the assistance of the professor, corrected any fit issues. These corrections were transferred to the paper pattern, and the now-corrected pattern was used to trace a master pattern on heavy brown paper. That's a lot for one night, no?
I am loving this FIT patternmaking class. The pace is perfect for me: it's fast but not overwhelming, and the professor is very enthusiastic and supportive.
And that's it.
Have a great weekend, everybody, and tune in next week for further coat updates!
|My client, blue-eyed Ephraim, picked up his shirt this week. It looks lovely on him.|