An Update on the Tailored Coat

As my advanced pattern class draws near to the due date for our tailored wool coats, it is becoming crucial to work in little bits every single day. While this concept is pretty new to me as a procrastinating college student, I’m beginning to get the hang of it.

Before we even begin the pattern work for the coat, we draft or drape a master pattern that we will work from. The fit of this has to be perfect to minimize fit issues later on.

Before we even begin the pattern work for the coat, we draft or drape a master pattern that we will work from. The fit of this has to be perfect to minimize fit issues later on.

Back view

Back view

Its easier to work on mannequins, especially if you are draping. I had to add some junk to my mannequin's trunk in order for it to fit me :)
Its easier to work on mannequins, especially if you are draping. I had to add some junk to my mannequin’s trunk in order for it to fit me :)

 

Procrastinating at its finest.

Procrastinating at its finest.

Once the master pattern is done, I drafted up the pattern for what I wanted my coat to look like. After sewing the bodice of this puppy together four different times, I was happy to have my first prototype DONE

Once the master pattern is done, I drafted up the pattern for what I wanted my coat to look like. After sewing the bodice of this puppy together four different times, I was happy to have my first prototype DONE

How you doin' leg o' mutton sleeves!

How you doin’ leg o’ mutton sleeves!

The sketch for my wool coat project

Just to re-cap, this was the original sketch

 

The prototype needed all the bells and whistles that the final was going to have. Bound button holes were pretty much a pain in the rear but I got the hang of it eventually. Left, second bound button hole I have ever done. Right, first bound button hole I'd ever done.

The prototype needed all the bells and whistles that the final was going to have. Bound button holes were pretty much a pain in the rear but I got the hang of it eventually. Left, second bound button hole I have ever done. Right, first bound button hole I’d ever done.

 

This is the level of productivity I'd like to have most days.

This is the level of productivity I’d like to have most days.

Cutting out pattern pieces!

Cutting out pattern pieces!

My wool had a plaid print, so I had to match all the seams perfectly while cutting it out AND sewing it together...hard but worth it.

My wool had a plaid print, so I had to match all the seams perfectly while cutting it out AND sewing it together…hard but worth it.

So this is how far I am currently. Bodice sewed together, plaid matched, twill tape and horsehair canvas hand-sewed in. Sleeves, shoulder pads, and front facing soon to come! I only have a few weeks left!!!

So this is how far I am currently. Bodice sewed together, plaid matched, twill tape and horsehair canvas hand-sewed in. Sleeves, shoulder pads, and front facing soon to come! I only have a few weeks left!!!

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “An Update on the Tailored Coat

  1. BEEEAAAAUUUUTTTTIIIIFFFFULLLLLL! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! NICE WORK! Your post is humorour and entertaining AND educational. NICE job on that too! Cant wait to see that coat! That is awesome! I would love to see that done in a black (MY FAV color! ) Even in a lighter fabric like your muslin it looks great! Cant believe the work you have had to put into that!

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  2. OMG – laughed outloud at the extra “junk” on the mannequin – so funny. You’d need yards of that for me!! haha. -Melis

  3. Claire, these photos are great. Would you be willing to upload some of them to Silhouette’s “Late Nights in Heritage Hall” photo album on OrgSync? We’ve been trying to show underclassmen that working together in the lab can be both productive and fun (we have fun in the labs, we hate it sometimes, but we have fun there at least).

      • Oh wonderful! (I hadn’t realized you had replied, haha, my apologies). If you log into OrgSync and go to the Silhouettes group page, on the left hand side there is a tab called “Photos.” Click on that and you will see a couple photo albums. Click on “Late Nights in Heritage Hall,” and you will see on the top right side a green button that says “Add Photos!” I believe this is the permalink to the album: https://orgsync.com/49516/photos/albums/29807

  4. Wow this is really great! I know what a pain it is to sew patterns like plaid ha! Did you sew before you went to college? If so how much experience did you have? I am interested in attending the same program you’re in when I graduate and have been sewing awhile but am certainly not advanced. Thanks and great blog, Megan

    • Great! I’m glad you found the blog. I bought a sewing machine five months before college, so my sewing was pretty rough. My pattern teacher, Karen Vasey, was an absolute gem and taught me ALL the basics about sewing. Sewing experience is really helpful, but not necessary. If you do come to Stout, you won’t have to take advanced pattern (the class I’m sewing that jacket for) until you’re a senior, so you got some time to practice :)

      • Okay, great to know! Thank you so much :) I was also wondering what kind of sewing machine do you have? Did you bring it to school with you? Also, do you own a dress form? Thanks again, Megan

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