A #minervabrandambasador post for Minerva.com
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 minerva.com for the fabric.
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