Peacoat progress I

The Peacoat

The Peacoat

Last weekend, Rob and I went to the wonderful county of Dorset to visit my parents who are renting a cottage there for a few months. It was beautiful. Cold and a bit wet but beautiful. I love visiting Dorset, it's such a picturesque part of England it's hard to believe it's part of England at all! "A merely realistic dream country" as Thomas Hardy put it. 

We were graced with a rare sunny morning and went for a walk with my dad and his dogs to see the country side in all its muddy glory (I was at one pint ankle deep in mud - I sank right to the top of boot but luckily not enough for it to pour inside!) Still it's always nice to have a bit of a reconnection with the country side and freshen up the lungs a bit after city life. 

Peacoat cutting tools
My trusty Mallard pattern weight!

My trusty Mallard pattern weight!

After we got back I got back to work on the peacoat. First step - cutting out the fabric. (Ok, so technically this isn't the first step. Making the toile was the first step, which I have already done.) I decided to trace around all of the pattern pieces with tailors chalk before cutting. Normally I just cut around the tissue paper. I'm not going to lie this step took me pretty much all afternoon. There's a lot of pieces to this coat! I do like the fact that it kinda looks like a blue print like this. But then, I guess it kind of is!

My Peacoat blue print!

My Peacoat blue print!

Next up, I tailor tacked my marks. I've never used tailors tacks before but I decided as this is a tailored coat I'd do as the tailors do! I used basting thread for my tacks as it's quite chunky and show up well - not that normal thread wouldn't have on this fabric. 

Seam lines drawn

Seam lines drawn

Third and final step for this part was marking out the seam lines which was actually quite a therapeutic exercise. I guess it's the monotony of the task. I did strangely enjoy though, but that could have been the film I was also watching on Netflix at the time...

And hey presto, almost ready to go to the machine!