Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/16/2013
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How to Make the Coat My Own – Vogue 8934
I mentioned a couple of days ago that I was steaming some wool in preparation for sewing a new coat using Vogue 8934, designed by the fabulous Marcy Tilton. Pre-shrinking wool at home is easy, but not very fun, so many sewistas are tempted to skip this step. You have to be thorough and make sure every inch of your fabric has been steamed. But doing so is much better than having it shrink on you later.
Next, I read the instructions
thoroughly to help me decide how I would like to make this project my
own. The pattern offers two versions: one is unlined and has patch
variations that look very cool, and the other is lined and uses a fly
front closing. Version A is more hip and Version B is more sleek.
In reviewing the options, I decided that I wanted a combination of
the two versions.
I am using Whirling Dervish Wool, a great fabric but I don't think the designer envisioned anything
like this. It has a lot going on in its pattern and texture, so I
don't think the patches from Version A will look good. I want to be
able to throw this coat on over relatively plain black, brown or blue
outfits, which I wear often in colder weather. The coat will be the
standout piece and I don't think it will need a lining for how I plan
to wear it. I'm thinking of some big buttons showing on the front
and using a contrast fabric for the collar. And just maybe, I will
add some cuffs. We'll see how it works out.
So, settling on an unlined coat with
front buttons showing, it seems like I am sewing Version A without
the patches. But, I decide that the back of Version B will be a
better showcase for the Whirling Dervish fabric, so I will be using
Next up – a pin fitting is in order.
I'm pretty sure that I'll be shortening the sleeves, which I almost
always do on any pattern. The pattern photos show beautiful models
with these coats hitting them just above the knee. My guess is that
these ladies are about 6' tall or more and since I'm only 5' 2”, I will
probably need to shorten the coat length a few inches to get it to
hit me below the knee, which is where I want it to land.
Look for an update on this project in a
couple of days. Until then, happy sewing!