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Coat in a Day (Sewing Class Review)
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Posted by: Portia Hirschman
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Posted on: 2/4/05 10:06 PM
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I received this class as a Christmas present (thanks to a great husband!). The class met from 10:30 to 5:00. You could choose between Burda 8416 (an unlined wool or mohair coat) or Kwik Sew 2560 (two layers of polar fleece). I stopped by the education department the week after Christmas when I was there for their 25% sale and picked up the class supply list. I purchased the Burda pattern which apparently went OOP in the three weeks before the class! Too bad!

I also purchased some wonderful wool coating at the sale but then with a little time before the class met, I began to ponder how I could line it to make it warmer and easier to get off and on. I called the education department and the instructor very kindly returned my call. She suggests binding all the edges with ultrasuede and felt that if I put in the facings, I could line it after the class. I decided to make a lining and attach it to the facings so that that when the coat was assembled and bound, the lining would be "instant." (I used a flannel backed satin coat lining fabric.) It worked great and I LOVE this coat!

I was the only one who made the Burda coat. The other six made the fleece coat and they were very novice sewers. For one, this was her first garment! The fleece coats had two layers and took lots of time to cut out and assemble for sewing and these folks needed a lot of assistance. Nancy gave lots of hints about working with polar fleece. I was pretty much on my own which turned out to be OK.

Nancy Feve, the instructor, was attentive and helpful. She showed me how to cut the ultrasuede (on grain) strips, sew them together and then bind the edges of the coat and sleeves. I had never done anything like this before and now I'm excited about using ultrasuede to trim a cashmere jacket. In addition, the Burda pattern does not call for any kind of closure but Nancy went with me to the button department and helped me find a very stylish button--I'm making an ultrasuede button loop.

Unfortunately none of the fleece folks finished. I doubt any of them knew how to do buttonholes but none of them got that far. Nancy did say that if you take a class at G Street and you do not finish, you can call the education department adn make arrangements to use their machines to finish. There was also a woman who was there finishing up her fleece coat from another Coat in a Day class--so I guess that is an option too. Actually that worked out really well because Nancy could use her coat to show the others the next steps and some pitfalls.

Bottom line, I accomplished something I probably never would have thought of doing on my own, I learned how to bind something including mitering the corners, I figured out on my own how to draft and make a lining for a coat that did not call for one, discovered the wonders of an automatic down needle, and I ended up with a coat I've already worn a lot. So it was a success for me. I felt sorry for the fleece folks because none of them finished--beware if you take this class.
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