Thursday, October 7, 2010

my creative space :: a winter coat almost finished in time for summer

Urgh. This jacket has been plaguing me since April. Possibly earlier – but nonetheless for a long time. For a time longer than the title of this post even. Winter may be over but the Ms M’s 2010 winter coat project still isn’t completed.almost finishedIt is close… but that doesn’t really count.

 

collar The collar can be referred to as a success.

 

pleat The pleats worked out fine too.

 

detail on the sleeve The top stitching on the flap thingy-me-bob on the sleeve is a tad wonky but all in all good.

 

BUT… I just can’t figure out how to line the sleeve…how to

I know that the somehow the one or both of the sleeves is suppose to go through this hole…through this hole 

… and then what???

I am determined to work it out. I’ve been looking at tutorials on the www but for some reason the instructions and pictures just don’t translate in a way that enables my brain to tell my hands what on earth to do!!! Any suggestions?

Argh. Bugger it. What are the chances of it fitting her next winter anyway? …unless of course cropped jackets are all the rage.

You better head off to Kirsty’s place to check out all the creative competence before you hear me swear.

21 comments:

  1. OMG it is lovely and you are so nearly done! You can do this. Just push the lining sleeve into the outer sleeve hole. Fold the lining over the outer and then hand or machine stitchon the inside. I will send diagrams if you still need help

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  2. that is such a great coat! i wish i could help, but my sewing-sleeves-adventures aren't always that much of a success! to the point that i know make things sleeveless!

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  3. That is fabulous - what a great little coat!

    I know what you mean about attaching the sleeve hem to the lining though. It almost did my head in on my first jacket. Cindy's advice sounds good for hand-finishing ... or this Threads article shows how to bag out the lining.

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  4. sally it's looking glorious! love a bit of polka dot.
    ( sorry I am no help what so ever on sewing clothes)
    x

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  5. You've done a great job with the coat. She will look gorgeous in it next winter, crop coats will be hip and very cute! Good luck with the lining, it sounds like you've got some helpful advice. xo

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  6. Beautiful Coat

    Gail
    missnance.blogspot.com/

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  7. Absolutely GORGEOUS. I love everything about this little coat.

    I'm sure you've got the sleeve thing figured by now...

    just divine.

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  8. I love your fabric and style choice ... but alas I can't help although I do understand the frustration of not being able to work out stuff. It drives me crazy too.
    My Creative Space

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  9. Oh you have done a great job so far! It's cute as anything! But yay, you will figure it out you know! I know you will cos you can do anything! Good luck & looking forward to hearing that you beat that sucker!

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  10. I hope you finish it cos its just gorgeous!

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  11. You know what, when you get stuck, try this, fold under the outside & lining (lining shorter than the outside fabric, like a Saville Row suit tailor would) & just hem with tiny hand stitching, which you can hide in the texture. Once you've done one, measure the other sleeve against it for perfection. If in doubt, hand stitch tiny!! Happy sewing, love Posie

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  12. When participating in a child's lined coat sew-a-long over at From an Igloo, she showed how to attach the sleeves together. It doesn't seem like it will work at first, but its' a snap! (you've got to be able to get "into the coat still"
    Once you've done it you'll wonder why you didn't do it this way before.
    http://fromanigloo.blogspot.com/2010/09/dmk-peter-pan-collar-coat-sew-long-day_23.html

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  14. (Sorry ... didn't mean to delete at all!)

    I know it's not much use to you, but it is winter here in the UK!

    sleeves? linings? Please! Let's not go there. I share your urgh.

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  15. Beautiful jacket....hopefully we'll get a cool change and your daughter will be able to step out in style for a bit longer!

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  16. Beautiful! The details look fantastic.. Hope you sort the lining out.

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  17. What a sweet little coat! I don't know anything about sewing, but looks like lots of girls are here to help you. Isn't blogtoberfest great?

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  18. Such a sweet coat. I hope you find a way to finish off the sleeves. (Is there any chance she can where it without the sleeves lined with a long sleeve t underneath?!) It's just too darn cute for it to not be worn before it's too small : )

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  19. Oh it's so so cute! I know what you mean about trying to figure things like that out. Just thinking about it hurts my brain. I hope you figure it out!

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  20. NO idea Sal, but lining sometimes does my head in too. Here's hoping it fits next year because it's a great style and cool fabric. Good luck- you'll have to tell us how you go

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