As I posed for photographs in the Stella Coat, it was impossible to ignore the chilly breeze invading the open neckline. Cute coat, but I need something warm! Enter a quick mockup of the Grace Coat:
Now this coat is designed to be trimmed with binding all along the edges and it is unlined. But I see the perfect warm winter coat in this design. It is roomy enough to fit over bulky layers, long enough to keep my important parts warm and short enough to hop in and out of the car.
I suppose it's a little difficult to make out in the photos above, but I added seam allowances to the edges since I won't be trimming them with binding, added a hem and drafted lining pieces that will attach to the facings. Having just sewn up the Stella Coat made the adjustments pretty intuitive.
On the left, above, are the completed back, and fronts stacked on the table and ready for construction. On the right you can see my quilting journey to attach the underlining to the fabric. Yes, I thought I'd do some catch-stitching, but I lacked the discipline to sew logically and it took too long anyway. Once I discovered the right pressure settings on the presser foot, I was able to get seams quickly sewn on the machine and the quilting was complete. That IDT on the Pfaff is indispensible for keeping layers together.
What's with the curtain fabric for interlining, you ask? Fusing didn't work! All that spot-fusing for nothing! ha. There are two reasons: the fabric is too textured and the sparkly threads melt when heat is applied. Well, that's OK - I read sewing blogs, after all. I've seen a quilted jacket or two in my time. My first official quilted jacket isn't hard-core couture, but I am giving myself points anyway.
Here is the pattern:
How exciting, right? A cute, easy, warm coat that should sew up quickly. I can't wait to add this into my winter wardrobe.
Thank you for all the positive comments on the Stella Coat; you almost persuaded me to sew the darn thing anyway, but this will be more utilitarian. You know what else is good about a coat project?The process is easily broken down into sub-projects. It's nice to focus on one thing at a time, such as bound buttonholes. As I complete each chunk, there is a sense of accomplishment to push me ahead to the finish line.
More to come!