I had intended to make a muslin before leaving on the retreat, to save time, but a nasty head cold sapped my energy in the week prior, so I ended up doing the whole thing at the retreat. And I'm actually pretty glad I did, because it gave me the opportunity to tap some really smart brains (thanks, Monica!!) to analyze the muslin and help me improve the fit.
There were three issues with the muslin:
- The sleeves were too tight at the bicep
- The armhole was too high
- It was too tight across the upper back
Yeah, I was happy to get it done. Now that I'm home, I was able to take some more pictures and show some details.
The pockets. These were
The best part about the coat is that it was all done at the machine, even inserting the lining. The lining was attached at the neck edge first, then at the hem. The sleeves were pulled out through the front openings and machine-stitched (it still feels like I'm sewing a Kline bottle when I do this... it all aligns properly but it always feels like magic!). Then the front edges were stitched (you can see the stitching line in the last picture).
All in all, I am extremely happy with how the coat turned out. It's my first official "Make a Garment a Month Challenge" garment, and I'm happy that I knocked it out of the park. Of course, the only issue is that now Bob wants one as well. But now that I've made one, I'm more confident making one for him.
For the PatternMaster crowd, here are the settings I used:
- Classic jacket
- Button placket
- Jewel neck
- Fitted side seam
- Straight back
- Straight hem
- Armhole depth 1 (manually lowered to 2)
- Set-in sleeve
- Pleated cuff
- Convertible collar, 2.5 inch width
- Ease: Chest 5, waist 2, hip 5