This is the third jacket / coat I have made at Sew Over It classes (1960's coat, Francine Jacket and now the Coco). Due to a little previous experience with coat-making I had a better understanding of why facings and fusible fabrics are used to strengthen the jacket and I was able to adapt the pattern using a hem-band like I used for my Francine jacket rather than the suggested class method.
The class was taught by the lovely Kate Underwood who was extremely helpful with a chilled out and calm vibe throughout the workshop sessions.
I bought the wool-mix fabric from Sew Over It for £14 a metre and as it was VERY wide I only really needed 1.25 metres (although of course I bought two metres just in case so I now have enough left to make a winter pencil skirt). I only needed one metre of black lining.
Just to let you know the colour of this jacket is a beautiful Yves Klein cobalt blue which just doesn't come out in the photographs very well. Have that lush blue in your mind whilst perusing these shots...
|Don't worry the sleeves are the same length - just not sure my arms are!!|
|Hand-stitched lining around the sleeve-syche|
|Hand-stitched lining all along the hem-band|
If I was to make this jacket again I would choose a lighter fabric as the bulk of the wool doesn't allow for a very sharp finish at the edges and corners of the jacket opening. On the plus side it is very warm and cosy!
Overall, I enjoyed learning some new processes and meeting some new sewing buddies (hello Steph!). I will leave you with a random selection of construction shots looking at the internal workings of the jacket.
|New to me technique - the Coco instructions require you to the stitch the bodice lining to the arm-syche|
|Pretty happy with the shoulder and sleeve seam lined up perfectly!|
|Before inserting the sleeve lining I very carefully and slowly trimmed away excess seam allowances|
|Sleeve lining pinned in position ready for hand-stitching|
Is there anything in your work-in-progress pile that you really want to finish?