Done! Patience is more than a virtue, it is a gift. (Pea "P...
Added Mar 24, 2011
San Francisco, C...
Arhgh, She be done. So I finished this earlier today, slapped in on the mannequin and took new pictures. needs a quick final pressing, but YEAH! Two coats in one.
Sorry a lot of photos.
This is a pea coat design inspired by the 20’s with a bouffant drop skirt. My own design and pattern also part of my professional portfolio. Double cloth reversible wool coat. You have to pull, cut the two layers apart and sew one side completely by hand, as you cannot turn the seam inside out, it encloses the opposing seam. I have been working on this for some time, the first design began about 5 years ago, but did not make the final design till a few years back, actual pattern soon after. I did not cut this till the end of last year and kept putting off most of the sewing it till the last couple weeks.
I have realized more patience doing this than I ever thought I had this is an amazing gift, or I am just insane. Mistakes, in construction details, tired hands, and poked fingers.
One side is the plain wool I have trimmed each seam with silk chiffon bias tape, first mistake, but I am still glad I did it. The second side it the black and white check, with no trim. This second side is completely sewn by hand. There are two sets of pockets, Side hip Pockets and petite center front pockets A’ la pea coat. The pocket finishing is also two kinds, single welt pocket on one side with a patch pocket set with a double welt as the opening so the pockets are accessed from both sides of the garment. Also the pocket treatment alternates from hip to center front, i.e. black/pink side, hip pocket is a patch pocket with a double welt, whereas the center front pockets are single welt pocket in the princess seam. The pockets treatments are reversed for the check side with the patch pocket being the center front pocket and so on.
This is not finished, but I was showing my husband and he snapped some rather unflattering photos of me, I looked rather pissy. I guess it was the all day hand sewing and re sewing of pockets, and upon opening one of the lower pockets I discovered a mistake and had to rework them. Last thing to do it buttonholes and buttons, 18 holes and 36 buttons. Almost done. Sigh
Wool double cloth, silk chiffon, buttons