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Saturday, 21 August 2021

The Sew Over It Chloe Coat

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My post on

Have you ever made a coat? If not what puts you off?

Over the next couple of posts I am going to show you little tweaks you can make to simplify the construction.

I am a tailor, but I have Parkinson's. It is very frustrating not being able to hand tailor any longer but there are now products which give excellent results. For example instead of the laborious process of hand sewing horse hair interfacing in place there now is a very good woven substitute which is iron on. Compromises mean that I can still wear a handmade coat , which is one of my favourite garments to see.

The fabric is Chenille textured suiting

Choose a pattern carefully, I particularly like to use Sewoverit patterns especially on my blog as they are fashionable, suit everyone and come with great instructions and tutorials. My blog is aimed at beginners so I am careful what patterns I use.

Isn't this fabric amazing? The colours are incredible and I wish you could see how it sparkles with the silver thread running through it.

To make things very simple this version closes with giant poppers. So, if you really do not like sewing buttonholes, guess what? You don't have to!

The lining was from my stash of fabric and the plain black compliments the outer fabric perfectly. Linings need to be a bit slippery or you won't get the coat on and off easily. You could compromise and use a lining fabric just in the sleeves and a warmer fabric for the body.

I like the scarf which goes with the coat. It attaches by buttons at the back so it is removable when you want it to be ,and you will not lose it if you are wearing it but decide to take your coat off.

Please don't be afraid of sewing a coat. It is very satisfying. You must cut out the correct size, if in any doubt go bigger - it can always be taken in . Take your time, follow the instructions and ask others who have made the pattern before how they overcame any difficulties.

You can save a fortune by having one or two handmade coats and jackets in your wardrobe so please do make one! The red fabric shown in some of the photographs is my next project where I will be showing you how to make an unlined coat again with easy fastenings.T

hank you for the fabric.



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Monday, 2 August 2021

Vogue V8952 Pullover Tunic Top

 A make

You can read the post in full and view more photos as well as finding out how to order this fabulous fabric and pattern on this link My post Vogue 8952 on

What an amazing pattern this is. I love all three views but in the end decided on the version with the cowl neckline, however I am already planning on what fabric to make the other two versions in. This does seem to be a popular pattern and since purchasing mine I have seen quite a few versions and they all look fantastic 

The fabric I used is a Viscose Jersy knit and it hangs really nicely don't you agree. It comes in four colours and is modestly priced especially as you only need 2m

I like to use Mettlar Seraflock thread for stretch fabrics, it is a stretch thread which means that the garment can be sewn with just a straight stitch. If you do not want to use this thread then use a normal polyester thread with a very small zigzag stitch. You will also need a new stretch needle - no debate there.

The only change I needed to make to the pattern was to shorten the sleeves. I did alter the construction process slightly.   Instead of the recommend flat fell seams I used my overlocker, but go ahead and use Vogue method if you prefer. I used seam tape on the shoulder seams, and after tacking the cowl in place as instructed IE by machining just one edge to the neckline I felt that I would be constantly messing with it so I folded the cowl in half and stitched it on as a double layer. This little tweak pleased me a lot.

I am not keen on raw edges and as the hems are folded over just once I decided to overlock the edges before pressing and stitching a narrow hem.

This is a quick and easy sew but don't let that fool you. It is a sophisticated well fitting top which  will look good on almost any body shape and looks classy with simple trousers or thick leggings 

Do not hesitate to get stuck in and make this top, I guarantee that you will make several as I am doing.

Happy sewing , enjoy making your Vogue tunic top.



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