Peacoat progress II

Hello... long time no see! I seem to have left the blog to the wayside again. Whoops. So what have I been up to? Well, lots of things. Most interestingly I have been back to sewing school on a fashion design course where I made my own skirt block and drafted my very own skirt pattern! I had a blast - it was so amazing to see a sketch I drew become a pattern. I am yet to actually sew it up so we shall see if it works but fingers crossed!

Excuse the colour of these photos - IRL the coat is more a dark navy than royal blue. It's a funny camera kind of day!

Excuse the colour of these photos - IRL the coat is more a dark navy than royal blue. It's a funny camera kind of day!

Anyway so following on from my last progress report I thought I would share some snippets of my further progress on the peacoat. 

I'm rather pleased to say that I can now see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel- the end is in sight! All I have left to do is hemming, buttonholes and sewing on the buttons. But first there is a lot more pressing to do! (Also I still need to actually decide what buttons to go for - this is proving to be most difficult part of the process!)

I simply adore the lining fabric - it was Ditto fabrics in Brighton. Beautiful!

I simply adore the lining fabric - it was Ditto fabrics in Brighton. Beautiful!

This peacoat has definitely the thorn on my side for the last zillion months. When I originally took up the challenge I knew that it would be tough but I didn't realise it would be like this. So much procrastination and many guilty feelings.... but despite all of that it has been an enjoyable process. Learning new skills and overcoming challenges. It has definitely been a process with its ups and downs but now I can stand back and see that it was all worth it in the end. 

Learning curves - there was a LOT of hand basting involved in the making of this coat. These threads will be removed at the end!

Learning curves - there was a LOT of hand basting involved in the making of this coat. These threads will be removed at the end!

The coat is fully interlined for warmth with microfleece (which is so snugly and soft!) and interfaced with canvas. 

The coat is fully interlined for warmth with microfleece (which is so snugly and soft!) and interfaced with canvas. 

I have learnt a lot sewing this coat - mostly the art of patience! I've had some really wonderful days of sewing and evenings on the sofa with just a needle and thread and learning some interesting hand sewing techniques. Attention to detail has definitely been a focus of this make. 

Now I may or may not have ironed on the outside of the sleeve head which may or may not be the reason it's a little flat - d'oh! 

Now I may or may not have ironed on the outside of the sleeve head which may or may not be the reason it's a little flat - d'oh! 

I have decided to do handsewn button holes - another new skill - so once I get the speciality thread I ordered yesterday I will be spending the next few evenings learning on bits of scraps! In the meantime though I'm going to be spending a lot of time on the ironing board pressing this bad boy!

Hopefully the next time you see this it will be all shiny and finished!