09 April 2014

Long Time, No Post

I know it's been a while since I last posted here.  Life stuff took over and I didn't get to sew much.  We are six days out from the end of the sew along and I feel like this was a bust!  I envisioned something different from what is reality.  I should know not to take on too much during this time of year.

Does anyone have any updates to share?  Please post your progress.


23 March 2014

I make a muslin for everything.  As much as I try to talk myself out of doing it, I know it's a necessary sewing evil.  Before I cut out the pattern pieces, I compared them to the pieces from Indygo Junction 740 and Lady Grey.  They were so off (as in small, way small) that I almost ditched the pattern.  Why re-invent the wheel when I have two patterns that fit well already?


Not to be outdone, I forged on anyway.  I made a 1" FBA, removed 3/4" from the center back and side back seams, and added the length back to to the hem. 

Then came the muslin.

The coat is big in the hips and waist, but that's an easy fix.  I sewed 1/2" seam allowances along the princess seams, but could probably go back to 5/8".  I'm going to attach the collar next.  If I like it, I'm ready to cut out the shell fabric.  

I also shortened the sleeves two inches.  Do people really have arms this long or am I just freakishly short?

Finally, I decided to not use the red stretch cotton sateen.  It's a rather thick fabric and I think that could create a lot of bulk when it's time to sew the collar, band, and all interfaced pieces.  Instead I will use a light-weight cotton twill that I acquired in my recent wagon-falling incident.

I was going to sew view C with the length of D, but I will make the shorter length instead.   I'll sew the longer version for fall.  Incidentally, I think I only have enough fabric for the shorter version.  My fabric shrunk a nine inches (O_o) after washing and drying.  I'm going to press the fabric today and lay out the pattern pieces.  Hopefully I can get everything to fit!


15 March 2014


Originally, I was going to make my trench coat out of a red stretch cotton sateen.  But since I found this super nice and soft navy cotton twill, I am having second thoughts.

I really like the red stretch cotton sateen, but I have concerns about sewing it.  The fabric is really stretchy and a bit heavy.  This pattern has lots of curves and topstitching - elements that may not go well with a stretch fabric.  I made a skirt out of stretch cotton sateen and that turned out well.  A whole coat?  Um...

The lining is a red, white, beige, and black plaid silk broadcloth.  It's a great fabric and is perfect for this project.

On the fitting front, I made a few alterations and a muslin.  So far, everything fits pretty well.  I'll talk about that in the next post.

What are your plans?


09 March 2014


I've been thinking about how to set up a "schedule" for this sew along.  I want this to be a relaxed journey that can be enjoyed by everyone.  Originally, I thought we would sew through month of April, but I don't know if that stretches things out too long or not.  The timeline below is just a suggestion and can certainly be shortened, lengthened, or ignored at will. =)
  • Now - 15 Mar:  gather pattern, fabric, and notions; prep fabric
  • 16 Mar - 23 Mar:  make pattern alterations and muslins (if needed)
  • 24 Mar - 7 Apr:  construct shell and lining (if including a lining)
  • 8 Apr - 15 Apr:  finish and wear with pride
I plan to document my process both here and on my personal blog.  I invite everyone to do the same!

I think this is going to be a great adventure and I look forward to following everyone's progress.


07 March 2014


Trench coats are timeless classics in every wardrobe.  From flashy metallic to subdued linen - a trench coat will never go out of style.  I am happy to start this sew along and am excited that others will join me in making a coat.

I'll post a suggested timeline in a couple of days.  I'll also have some pages at the top of the main page with information on trench coat patterns, resources, and pattern reviews.  If anyone has anything to add, please do so!  This is a community effort and all input is welcomed!

If you'd like to join, leave your email address in the comments or contact me at yousewgirl07 [at] yahoo [dot] com and I'll add you to the list.  If you have a blog, let me know and I'll also add you to the blog roll.