This Lekala coat has really been kicking my butt.
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.
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…
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!