Thank goodness I’ve memorized the line drawing for this pattern by now, because I’ve lost track of it!
With the back fully assembled, I’m now on to assembling the front — which means sewing the faux fur bits. First thing I noticed when I laid the pieces out was that the faux fur pockets are super bulky. I debated using jersey in place of one of the pieces of faux fur, but decided I want to slip my hands into soft furry goodness. So, bulk will have to be bulky.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I have a number of different kinds of straight pins. In fact, I have five different varieties of straight pin! I’d thought it was totally wasteful and self-indulgent, until it came time to pin the faux fur to…anything. Long pins for the win! Seriously, I love these pins. They’re my favorites, so much so that I try not to
lose use them.
On a side note, I really want to interline this coat. I searched for stretch interlining and stretch flannel and came up virtually empty; it suddenly made sense why all the knit coats I’ve owned don’t have interlinings (and often don’t even have linings). I’m going to hit up my local fabric store in search of beefy knits that I can double or triple layer and use as interlining. I really want a functional coat! And don’t feel the limitations of RTW should apply to my custom creation.
I sewed the fur to the fashion fabric with the fur on the bottom, facing the feed dogs, with a 3/8″ seam allowance and a longer stitch length. I normally sew with a 2.4 stitch length, but went with a 3.0 stitch length for the furry seams. No problems there, but I had to hammer the seams involving the faux fur to reduce bulk. I got the idea from some jeans I hemmed, and the hammering did help smash the bulk…somewhat. I looked to Ginger Makes’ tutorial ‘How To… Sew with Faux Fur!‘ for tips on trimming the fur out of the seam allowance to get things really lean. It was helpful info!
But reading about what to do and actually doing it are two very different things. I pretty much pinched the fur of the seam allowance upward and outward, and then hacked it low with my shears. This was fine until I got really enthusiastic and trimmed right through the backing, resulting in small holes in the seam allowance. So, I’m really hoping all the seams hold, because the seam allowances look moth-eaten from my attempt at trimming.
I’m not sure how I feel about working with faux fur, but I do know how I feel about my progress: pretty darned good! The coat is shaping up to look pretty cool, and just the way I envisioned it. When I began sewing, I lacked the skill and knowledge to manifest my visions exactly as I envisioned them. So to me, being able to translate an idea or sketch into its literal, three dimensional counterpart, is the accomplishment of a major personal goal.
ETA: Guess who found exactly the fabric she needed to interline this coat? *biggrin* More later…