It is finally finished.
And, the mile and a half of orange basting thread has been pulled out of it.
It fits good. And, it feels good. The sleeves were such a good choice, with less bulk. While the hood and the coat have an inner layer of batting for insulation, I didn’t include that layer in the sleeves, or waste the plaid fabric there. I put a heavy green denim layer under the wool shell and lined them with polyester lining.
I also lined the pockets and the pocket flaps with that poly lining.
If I compare myself to a sweatshop employee that sews hundreds of toggles on garments all day and can execute them each perfectly, I didn’t do so good. But, I’m happy. They’ll do. They are a precision nightmare because every time the needle pierces the leather(ette), it leaves a mark that doesn’t go away if you pick out the mistake. The first four I put in with an open toed embroidery foot and got great seam allowance, but terrible stitch length. I switched to my free motion quilting foot and, while it was a lot easier to sew them on, I got great stitch length and lousy seam allowance. Eh, life is full of little tradeoffs. And, did I say that I love my coat?
I feel like the inside deserves a photo, since that’s where most of the time went.
Not perfect, but certainly passable. I’ve owned off the rack that was worse. But, I’ve also owned off the rack that was better.
We went and got the fabric for Sydney’s coat yesterday.
She felt like the olive green with the black and white plaid lining was “too plain”, so I compromised and told her I’d buy one layer, but she had to pick one layer from what I already had. She chose that khaki on the left, saying she thought it would be more versatile than the green. And, she picked the blue and grey and khaki lining and I picked the sleeve lining. BECAUSE.
Anyway, I hope to get it cut out this afternoon. I’d love to knock it out in a week, too. I’m not finishing the seam allowances in hers. I’m serging all the pieces and then bagging in the lining. It cannot be any harder, and I believe it will be much easier. I’ll let you know.
Couple of people commented on my interview process. I agree that it was excessive. So much so that I almost withdrew twice. But, I stuck it out and whether I get the job or not, I plan to provide the feedback that the interview was more commensurate with a high level executive than a lowly project manager.
Anyway, it’s done now and the scraps are mostly picked up in the sewing room and I’m ready to move on to new things.
Everybody have a great Sunday. Oops, I just saw another orange basting thread. Dang!