Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Coat Progress 2

 


Here's the coat with the sleeves pinned on at the top. I'm beginning to really like it, and I did get the sleeves set in this evening too. They went in so nicely. I was afraid with all the layers that it might be a problem. I've got sleeve heads pinned in ready to sew tomorrow, and then I'm about ready to hem the body and sleeves and line it. It's hard to believe I'm this close, but it's suddenly been what I want to work on for hours at a time, or at least as long as I have at any one time.

One thing I really like I hadn't planned on. It happened when I turned the collar right side out. The corduroy undercollar is on the bias with a CB seam, and after I turned it, the corduroy was peeking out around the suede upper collar. I just love the way it looks! It's like a twisted binding, so I hand edge stitched it so that it will stay that way. I did the same on the lapels, reversing below the roll line so that the edge of the suede lapel shows on the corduroy front. I think it added quite a lot. I was really worried about how I was going to make the collar look really finished, as I didn't want to try to topstitch this because of all the layers and the thickness even after trimming and pounding flat and everything else I could think of. I thought about saddle stitching, but I settled on a pickstitch, and I think it looks nice.

Here's a close up of the collar edge.

 
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13 comments:

Elaray said...

That is gorgeous!

jane said...

Beautiful collar detail - don't you love these happy design accidents? Of course you need to know when to take advantage of them - as you do.
Congrats - it's going to be fabulous.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Liana - it is gorgeous! Don't you love it when the fabric does something unexpected and gives you a detail that you weren't looking for? Can't wait to see the finished coat and the buttons!

Alexandra said...

Wow! Accidental beautiful design detail. Very neat!

Vicki said...

It sure is looking good! The turn of the lapel and collar matches the piping you inserted - nice!!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Liana your coat is looking beautiful! I truly like the collar and lapel detail :)

Nancy JC said...

Liana,

Your coat is beautiful! It reminds me of one that I had years ago that was a grey ticking stripe with down. So warm! Your is very stiking...I love the combination of the corduroy and the suede! The edge of the collar is just right.

Nancy JC

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, detailed work. The ultrasuede and biased corduroy edges really were great choices.
I'm sure it will be fun to wear! Thanks for showing your work.
Miriam

joanna said...

Liana, your coat is stunning. I love the contrasting collar and side panels. What a wonderful surprise to find the self-binding turned out as it did. Beautiful work.

Cherie said...

What a great coat! ...is what I said when I first opened up to that photo.

LauraLo said...

Beautiful! I love that fabric effect at the collar

a little sewing on the side said...

Oh what a beautiful coat and the finish does make it look so special. Gorgeous!

CharityinAlaska said...

LOVE the twisted piping effect. Very unique. :)

Charity