Monday, December 28, 2009

Jalie 2680 City Coat *finished*

Back before Thanksgiving, I started this sweater coat, but moved on to other things.  Today I finished it. yay:)

I wanted something unusual for the closure and I found this hook & eye tape while I was in the NYC garment district.




Every seam has been stabilized,  The neckline and shoulder seams are stabilized with twill stay tape.  The rest are stabilized with clear elastic tape.  I lined the yoke the same way I lined the yoke in Daniel's shirt- with fused rayon lining.  Then I decided the black lining was visually distracting, so I sewed in a facing on the front yoke.  I sewed the facing and yoke lining in by hand.
I did not have a construction plan when I started - I really had not decided on how to finish any edges or whether I'd use buttons or a zipper.  And the reverse side is so nice, it seemed a shame not to use that feature more.

What made this work was liberal use of hand sewing.  This fabric was so easy to control and the stitches were so easy bury in the knit. 

Well, I am participating in the SWAP this year, so perhaps this piece will be included.   I know it will be a versatile work horse for me - black and white go with everything, don't they?
It was fun to sew for myself!

*Happy Sewing*

26 comments:

  1. I love this sweater coat, especially the tape closure. Really chic.

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  2. Very cute coat. The trim is such a nice addition. Very upscale.

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  3. That hook and eye tape is so clever. I really like the look.

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  4. I have some hook and eye tape from a failed closure on a formal dress. I know what to do with it.

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  5. The coat is definitely a winner, stylish and very wearable! The hook and eye tape is perfect for SWAP. And hooray that you are in favor of a bit of hand stitching, so often I read about how to use the most specialised machines that not everyone has access to, but all garment sewing started with a needle and thread and hands.

    (I can just imagine a black denim jacket with that closure I'll have to keep my eyes open for something like it for my autumn sewing, surely somewhere in Portland someone will have some...)

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  6. That closure is such a fabulous addition. Your coat looks very cozy!

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  7. That looks like something that will get a lot of wear, and you did a great job on the construction. I love the closure.

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  8. Ooo, that looks so comfy! I love the hook & eye tape closure, but I have to ask - is it a pain to open and close all of them each time you put it on or take it off?

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  9. I love the hook and eye tape closure. Where did you find it? You'll love wearing it in this cold weather, that's for sure! Comfy and chic is a great combination.
    By the way, I found some great knit stay tape for use with knits at Sewing Workshop and used it for a knit top I just made. It is much easier to use than clear elastic and worked well.

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  10. That closure is so cool. Great contrast. And that is a sweater knit? It looks great.

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  11. That closure is such a fabulous addition. Your coat looks very cozy!

    Work from home India

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  12. That looks like something that will get a lot of wear, and you did a great job on the construction. I love the closure.

    Work from home India

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  13. Your coat looks fantastic! I too lovethe style and the closure - a perfect SWAP candidate for sure!

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  14. What a great closure for your sweater coat. Black and white does go with everything, especially with such a classic style coat. Great job!

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  15. This is an absolutely wonderful sweater coat and a great way to start your SWAP plan! Everything will fall in line from this great beginning.

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  16. Love this coat. Very Kewl! Would love to see pics of the inside.

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  17. The hook and eye tape is a wonderful idea, a very smart sweater coat. I love the slight edginess of it.

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  18. That is such a unique closure. You were lucky to find such a perfect match.

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  19. Very clever closure! You know I need to see photos of this cute coat on you.

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  20. That is a really cute coat! How many hook and eyes do you have to close there?

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  21. Love it especially the closures!!!

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  22. Love it!!!! It looks so warm and cozy and super cool with that closure.

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  23. Great looking jacket. And it looks so "you". I love how you've identified your style and stick with it.

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  24. Love the hook & eye closure, it makes something that looks really cosy also look very designer (not always easy!).

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  25. Very cute coat. The trim is such a nice addition. Very upscale.

    Work from home India

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