Well, it is finished! After agonizing over how large to make it (I want to wear sweaters under it but don’t want it to look massive), how to get the topstitching to work on the collar (thank you, Tasia of sewaholic.net!) and trying to keep 10 pattern pieces from getting mixed up (writing pattern code in chalk on fabric pieces), I have finished the Lady Grey.
Notice hubby’s shadow taking the photo.
Notice the bracelet-length sleeves. Perfect for showing off bangles and watches. I love the large lapels and collar. And the full bottom (for a full bottom-hee hee). And after tugging and pulling and ripping stitches out for weeks, I still love the fabric.
I’m looking for long, mustard-coloured gloves. I saw short gloves in that colour and the dark yellow looking great with the blue. I do need the longer length, though, for this style of coat.
Here are some shots taken earlier with a more dressy look.
What did I learn this time around? A lot. I loved learning that a pattern that looked like it would only fit an hour-glass shape actually looks great on my pear-shaped bod. I learned the limits of twin needle topstitching. I couldn’t complete twin needle topstitching where the underside would show. For example, on the front edges and lapels I just did a single row of topstitching. It doesn’t match the double row of topstitching on the collar and other seams but I decided that I wouldn’t sweat it. I also learned that with patience and help from the sewing community, I really can complete almost anything, even as a beginner.
Do you think I can call myself an Intermediate Beginner now?!
What I’m listening to: The Greatest by Cat Power