Bluebird of Happiness - Coat - Part XXVI
Sleeve Insertion and Some Inside Finishing
Now that the borders are on the coat, the sleeves need to be attached and finished on the inside. Since all the hem edges are already finished, all the of rest of the construction is at the top of the coat at the sleeves and collar.
To start this process, I stitched the outer sleeves into the armholes of the outer coat. Since the coat has raglan sleeves, this was very easy! No sleeves to set into the armholes, making this a much easier process. (BTW, if you're looking for a good tutorial on how to set in sleeves, Ann did one recently which was excellent.)
Once the outer sleeves were inserted, I matched the lining of body of the coat to the armhole seam and stitched that in place on the same stitching line as the sleeves were inserted. This helps to keep the lining in place without sagging or bagging - very important in this coat due to the border construction. Since the lining and coat would normally only been attached at the neckline, anchoring the lining around the armholes helps to keep everything in place. In the photo below, you can see the body lining pinned in place before stitching it to the armhole seam allowance.
The seam allowances on the lining sleeves were then stay stitched, clipped as needed and turned under. After the sleeves were pinned in place around the lining armhole, I then fell stitched the sleeve linings in place to complete the lining around the armholes. Sorry this photo is a bit blurry, this was one of the first close-ups I tried with the new camera. Since then I've figured out how to take better close-ups.
Here is the inside of the coat, with the lining complete, except for the collar. There will be more decoration and a label added to the lining, but for right now it is ready for the collar.
Stay tuned for a post with pictures of the mock-ups for the collar and the final decision regarding the collar.
Parting Shot: Computer Family. You know you live with a computer geek when there are more computers in your house than family members and pets combined. These three are being retired and will move off to other uses or a computer graveyard eventually. Their old tasks were eliminated or given to another computer to do.