Mad for Plaid Coat
Part 2 - Lining
The coat is almost done! All I need to do is finish some top stitching, hem the sleeves and put on the clasps. I didn't get the clasps today, but hopefully the mail carrier will bring them tomorrow.
I wanted to add some extra warmth to the coat, so I decided to use a layer of silk batting as an underlining. The reason for this is that our ride to church is less than 10 minutes; therefore the car doesn't even get warm before we get there. When it is below freezing, this can really seem like a long ride! To add the extra layer, I serged the batting and lining together as one when serge-finishing the edges of the lining pieces. The satin frays terribly, so it had to be serged regardless. Below you can see one of the lining/batting units.
I also wanted a sleeve with a plaid cuff, but didn't want the whole lining sleeve to be the wool plaid. What I did was to split the sleeve piece horizontally so that I could make the bottom portion the plaid but have the top half be lining. The sleeves below are ready to put inserted into the lining.
The way the lining was inserted into the coat was new to me. I really liked Burda's instructions and will probably try them again for another garment. Below you can see the instructions from Burda; they're clearer than pictures taken of the dark grey wool. First, the lining is stitched to the front facing; on one side an opening is left for turning when complete. Second the neck edges are aligned right sides together and stitched. Third, the hem edges are aligned right sides together and stitched. After clipping and trimming the seams, the whole coat is turned to the right side through the opening and pressed. The opening is then fell stitched shut.
Here's the coat so far, maybe tomorrow it will be finished:
Parting Shots: This is door #3 to the closet at the end of my studio. Behind door #3 you will find a lot of bins of fabric.
What will you find behind the bins? Kiwi! She's found another place to hide. Eventually she'll get too big to get back there. Despite the new hiding place, she is interacting more with the humans and cats, so a little progress is being made.