I hope you all had a a killer Christmas! Santa was very kind to us here in Ohio.
I have been dreaming of a serger of my very own since I got to use That’s Sew Amy’s, to say that I’m pumped is to make a gross understatement. My momma was wise and kind enough to get me a selection of thread cones in all my favorite shades, in addition to my lovely Brother 1034d machine. The Joann gift card from my aunt doesn’t hurt, either. And how cute is that clock!?!
And we’re ready to sew some seams! Unfortunately, Albus Severus isn’t such a big fan of this plan, as per the usual.
Since the boy is demanding walks and cuddles, it seems unlikely I’ll have a finished garment to post today. However, I think I’ve maybe, possibly, perhaps picked my next project. I imagine I’ll change my mind, though, seems like I always do. Does anyone else have this problem??? I just want to make everything, right now. For now, though, this will be the next garment.
Happy sewing, everyone!! My apologies for the rambling post.
So, not to start this first post off on a bad note, but…fuck this fabric. The pattern, Butterick B5686 is not so bad (the different cup sizes kinda threw me a bit). This coat earned it’s nickname, Nightmare Coat, based entirely on this extra fraying houndstooth fabric. I swear, if you look at it, it frays.
The pattern itself was fairly easy to use. That said, the instructions do have you combining the lining and the outer shell before they’re actually complete. I find this to be excessively bulky and complicated, so I assembled both separately and then combined. I also added an two extra inches in the sleeves, because I have super long arms. That may not be necessary for others! Only two of the buttons are functional, but I think if I ever made this again, I’d do all four. It needs it. For the lining, I used a flannel backed satin, which feels like heaven but is a bit slippery to sew!!
All and all, I really do like this coat. I love a houndstooth print, and it is warm and cozy. I made view C, so it’s nice, long, and elegant looking. Just…if you use this fabric, know it’s a bitch!! I would suggest maybe surging each piece right after you sew it, perhaps, just to prevent fraying. Be aware that you won’t use all pieces of the pattern, because of the variable cup sizing, that can get a little confusing when you’re sewing!!! And yes, I know, I didn’t do the greatest job matching the fabric print, but it’s my first coat, I’m still pretty happy with it!! Now for gratuitous coat photos!
Hi! Welcome to Sewn by Ashley. I am 29 (yikes!) sewing out of Hamilton, Ohio. About two years ago, when I couldn’t find the perfect dress to wear to a friend’s wedding, I thought, fuck it, I’ll make one. After not having sewn for over decade. So I might possibly be insane?
Insane or not, I was hooked on sewing. Sewing for me is a bit of a comedy of errors, but I hope to be able to provide some trial and error tips for other sewist (sewers? I dunno.) I’ll be posting patterns I’ve done, tips, random freebies, awesome fabrics, and who knows what else. At the very least, I hope you find it entertaining 🙂