WIP Wednesday: Inching Toward Completion (Lekala 4383)

Lekala 4383 coat in knit fabrics. Body positive sewing, creative style.

This Lekala coat has really been kicking my butt.

Lekala 4383 coat in knit fabrics. Body positive sewing, creative style.
the (hoodless) finished interfacing

I finished the shell and the interlining, and then lost steam. It turns out a fully lined and interlined coat has six sleeves. I feel like a Hindu goddess*! Anyway, the last set of sleeves, the lining pair, turned out to be two right sleeves…sigh. It’s going to be interesting to see how this coat fits when I finally finish it.

Lekala 4383 coat in knit fabrics. Body positive sewing, creative style.
back neck facing topstitched in place

One of my hangups while working on this coat was trying to sew everything perfectly. Frankly, I’m in over my head. So I finally gave myself permission to sew things just “good enough“. What a difference! I made so much progress after that decision. Sometimes it’s more important to finish than to be good.

And ironically, we’ve had a cold spring here in New England. Had I finished this coat even last month, I could have worn it many days in April alone. At any rate, I suspect I’ll get a chance to wear it at least once before summer starts, because this week has been cold, so maybe next week will also be cold. I must be crazy, wanting a cold spring! Have you ever wished for gross weather so you can wear a new garment? Please tell me I’m not alone in this…

Lekala 4383 coat in knit fabrics. Body positive sewing, creative style.
sleeves gone crazy!

Looking ahead, I’ve broken down the remaining construction into micro-tasks so I don’t get overwhelmed. Between today and tomorrow I’m hoping to finish one sleeve: that’s ease stitching the cap, pinning it into the armhole, and stitching it — three micro-tasks. Then I can attach the front facings to the combined lining/interlining, and then I can trim the facing/interlining/lining layer because I totally didn’t think to do that when I was cutting the fabric for them.

That’s as far ahead as I’m letting myself think! :)

 

*Upon researching this post, it turns out Kali has four arms, not six. Ya learn something new every day!

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2 Comments

  1. Good luck with this! I’ve never both lined and interlined anything before. Very curious to see how it turns out!

    1. Thanks, Charlie! This is also my first time interlining something, and it’s been a solid education. It certainly seemed like a good idea at the time… ;-)

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