Completed: Sewaholic 1301 – Robson Coat

I’ve been busy the last few days, making myself a trench coat made of sunshine! 🙂

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The coat is made from a cotton/silk twill that was literally named “Daffodil Twill.” Since I’ve wanted a yellow trench coat for years, when I saw the material in the fabric store I jumped on it, even though it was about twice as expensive as fabric I usually pick up.

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My S.O. took the shots…didn’t he do a good job?

The Robson coat was a great project to tackle. It took me a long time, but I learned a lot from it. It was my first time working with bias tape to such an extent–the coat is unlined, so all of the seams are finished with bias tape:

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It also had me do a great deal of topstitching and pressing–things that I had ignored before, because I had a crummy iron, and also because it was never explicitly put in the directions from pattern companies like Vogue and Simplicity. But this pattern taught me first-hand that a good final product results from pressing at least as much as you sew, if not moreso. Here’s a detail shot:

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The one thing that blew my mind about the Robson Coat was that I had to do no other modifications than lengthening the sleeves an inch. The shoulders, the bust, and the sleeve width are all perfect, and these are normally areas that I need to take in a lot. Check out the fit of the top half of the coat!squidtrench4

 

And, in case you weren’t convinced by how happy I am–not only to have a yellow trench coat that I made, but to have it turn out so well–

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Completed: The Striped Dress

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It’s been a long time since I started talking about this dress, but life got in the way for a while, so I wasn’t able to work on personal projects. Today, however, I had some time to myself, so I powered through the last steps and got the dress put together!

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The pattern matching wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. What ended up being tricky was drafting the back. I have no dressform, which meant I was doing a lot of twisting and turning in the mirror to try to get it to lay right. But the twisting and turning was causing it to behave oddly…it took forever, but I think it turned out okay.

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Also, there is no zipper. Since the waist is cut on the bias, it stretches enough to just pull over my head. Isn’t that neat?

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Until next time!