December 17, 2012

Winter Coat for My Man: Finish Line

Drum roll please. Here it is! The COAT! The finished coat and its on my man and he loves it. It's a pretty handsome coat, if I do say so myself. We were able to get outside yesterday and snap a few photos and lookey here, it even snowed so the backdrop couldn't have been more perfect. The coat itself has been finished since last Tuesday. Shawn has been able to wear it a few times and he said that its a really nice and warm coat. He says he feels good in it. Its a close fit and keeps the cold out. He loves the pocket placement, he loves being able to sink his hands right down into the front of the coat comfortably and he says the inside pockets are wonderful. He's pretty impressed with the hood and though at first he didn't really like the aesthetic of being able to tighten it up, ultimately he's really glad I included it because it really keeps the heat trapped inside. Though my mister likes to look good, he likes functionality even more and he's definitely one of those types that would purchase 7 of the same suit, that looked good on him, and wear the same thing every day of the week because he doesn't want to be bothered with thinking about stuff like that.

This is the hardest thing I've ever made to date - beats the sofa slipcover by a landslide. The slipcover was only hard because it was sooooo big. This coat was different. I could talk til I'm blue in the face about tailoring techniques and how much I've learned about them and read about them, but actually employing them on a jacket or coat is a completely different story. I used several tailoring techniques on this coat - stabilized the center back seam, shoulder, front facing and zipper area, created a back stay, added shoulder pads, interlined the lining, added welt pockets, and stabilized the hem on both the coat and the sleeve. I used fusible interfacing instead of a sew-in and really really learned my lesson on testing interfacing on the actual cloth before sewing it together because after I had sewn several interfaced parts together, I found that the interfacing didn't really like to adhere to the fabric very well. Unfortunately it seemed more due to the fabric itself as I tried several high quality interfacings and all kept peeling off after a bit. Still, I trudged on.

I'm actually really surprised that I finished the coat, to be honest. I was absolutely determined not to let my attention divert to another project and I've found that mindset really, truly increases sewing productivity.

As a round-up, I decided that it would be helpful if I included all the posts that I've written on a project in the final project's post. So here's a handy dandy reference to all the posts on this coat, in order of course:
New Project: Winter Coat for My Man
Winter Coat for My Man: the Muslins
Winter Coat for My Man: Progress
Winter Coat for My Man: the Home Stretch

What do y'all think? Like it? Ever made anything for your significant other?
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