Hallo my precious darlings, it has been so long, and I have not been in touch. Other more pressing things have taken my time and I was torn away for a time. However I have still had needle and thread in hand, and here is some wonderful news, a completed project to show you.
A coat made from a pattern found in the collection of The Brain Watkins House in Tauranga. The pattern was adapted from the enclosed free pattern in a Best Way sewing magazine to the style of one of the illustrated coats in the magazine. It is from the early 1900's, and the finished coat stays true to the cut of the era.
Here it is in all its Autumnal glory.
I thought I would show you some of the inner workings of the coat, and here you can see the horse hair interfacing used on the lapels. This wonderful fabric is getting hard to find, it is the tailor's sculptural medium.
Worked with pad stitching as shown here, two layers of fabric can be made to hold form and shape. Its a wonderful thing.
Here is the collar, with completed pad stitching.
Pressing is as important as sewing in tailoring, and the tools of this trade, rounded pressing pads, baby muslin pressing cloths, and sleeve boards are indispensible.
And of course I have to show you the button, only one, but this was the biggest button in my collection. So there it is finished in time for the oncoming winter, and we know what that means don't we, I can buy some more fabric, or a pattern or .......... Tee Hee and Away!
If you want to follow the development of this coat here are the links in this blog to the posts.