Completed: Sewaholic 1301 – Robson Coat

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


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.


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:


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:


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–





Completed: The Striped Dress


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!



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.



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?


Until next time!