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Date: 8/27/12 1:13 PM

This is the year of the coat. I have the fabric, I have the pattern, I have the lining, I have the thread and I even have the buttons.

This will be my first coat project. Anyone that has already made a coat have any good advise? Problems I might run into along the way?

Then there is the question of tailoring. How much should I use. Just do the easiest method or take more time and use some tailoring methods.

I have never used any tailoring methods so am very unsure about this part.

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Date: 8/27/12 1:40 PM

You will be utterly amazed and delighted. I'd been sewing since the Stone Age, but I never tackled a lined coat until last year. And I chose a plaid, where I had to match lines.

It was not hard at all, I love it and coats are $really worth it to sew!

You can also hide some secret pockets inside, make a matching hood or scarf. You are going to love this project!

My first coat was light wool, totally unstructured (which is nice because I just throw it in the wash) -- I just used interfacing where it was indicated. Then I tackled a jacket so that I could purposely start teaching myself tailoring methods. Now, I'd at least include shoulder pads and sleeve heads. Very simple but they add SO MUCH POLISH.

You can make your own shoulder pads, and sleeve heads just need a long scrap of quilting fluff. (SEARCH on the web).

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Date: 8/27/12 2:17 PM

What pattern, what fabric?

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Date: 8/27/12 6:22 PM

The Great Coat Sew-a-long is a great resource.

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Date: 8/27/12 7:23 PM

Oh, I love making coats...I've got 3 planned for this winter.
What pattern are you using?



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Date: 8/27/12 8:50 PM

Take your time and don't use shortcuts.

Anything new to you, practice on scrap cloth.

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Date: 8/27/12 9:27 PM

I am still thinking about which pattern to use. The fabric is a forest green wool coat type. I love this fabric and paid a lot for it.
Keep thinking I should do a muslin?

Sew Ducky, I will do a lot of pratice on anything that I have never done before, maybe even on the stuff I have done before?

I think the pattern should be simple w/o a lot of detail for this first go round.
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Date: 8/27/12 9:32 PM

I would, but depends on you.

I am making a muslin for my DH. Not that he has a lot of fit issues, but I do want it to be perfect. I am making a muslin for one of my coats, and not the other since one is a 40s pattern which I want to look perfect and the other is a simple, loose style. The baby...not making one. I am making it in a 2T, larger then she is anyway.

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Date: 8/27/12 10:22 PM

Thanks to Erika B. I have been planning to sew a coat a while. I have the muslin in progress but have been hesitant to commit to cutting the fashion fabric. I've read though the sew along and I'm off to complete my Mccall's 5525 muslin.

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Date: 8/27/12 11:09 PM

Oh, I just got that pattern. Which view are you doing?

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