Added Aug 24, 2007
##While shopping for fabric to make my Leopard Trench, a company sent me an incredibly silky and luxurious sample of faux chinchilla. Even though it wasn’t what I was looking for at all, it was so soft that I couldn’t stop playing with it. I put it around my wrist and pictured it as the cuff of a rich blue coat. After that, I had to have the coat I saw in my imagination.
- I chose navy blue cotton velvet (the color is more like the color in the close-up pic than the one of me wearing the coat), which has a refined, vintage-y feel and a subtler glow than polyester velvet. I modified the Schnittvision pattern I used for the Leopard Trench by lengthening the skirt about 12 cm, and adding an extra front seam to make on-seam pockets instead of welt pockets. I also modified the sleeve and lapel pattern to accommodate the faux fur pieces. I omitted the buttons to make a wrap style and added a long sash. To make the coat warmer I used a quilted lining with a backing of batting. This proved to be too thick for the sleeves and restricted movement, so I lined the sleeves with satin instead.
- New skills learned: making seams on fake fur, working with velvet
- Tips for others: Velvet cuts quite nicely, but once under the presser foot the fabric becomes uncooperative and develops a mind of its own! Save yourself headache and frustration by basting every seam finely before machine stitching— it’s worth the time and effort. Even using LOTS of pins didn’t stop the pieces from slipping apart from each other under the presser foot. Good basting and steam ironing will make a big difference with this fabric. Also, cotton velvet creates more lint and dust than you would believe- even after you vacuum, more will settle out of the air in the following days. If you don’t want to be coughing up lint (and blowing it out of your nose— ewww) for the next week, cut and sew wearing a surgical mask!
navy blue cotton velvet, fake chinchilla fur, embroidered quilted brown taffeta lining for body, navy blue satin lining for sleeves