Howdy! Long time, no blog.
I took my sweet time getting this make completed. Looking back at my Instagram, I started looking at lining back on 19 May!
I then spent an entire weekend tweaking my muslin, and did all the alterations ALL ON MY OWN! This is a big thing for me.
Firstly, I chose view E, but as you will see, it is a very busy print, so I didn’t include all the tabs. Also, laziness.
The first step was to grade out the pattern. I only had it up to size 16. I needed a lot more room in the bust and a ton of room for my hips and thighs. Hello #muscle. I graded out the pattern by adding 1cm on each side of the pattern pieces, except for the centre seams, so I wouldn’t need to redraft the neckline.
The next step was the first muslin. I made items without the sleeves at first.
Muslin #1. Fit in the bust is ok, no walking room for my thighs.
I redrafted the side seams and added 5cm to the side seams at the bottom. It ended up being more hourglass shaped.
I don’t have a photo, but I also removed 2cm from the back in the middle of my shoulder blades.
I only adjusted the left side. I think?
A couple of days later I worked up the courage to deal with the sleeves. It turned out that I only needed to add an extra 1cm to each side!
Not a lab coat, trench coat 😎
I then procrastinated on cutting out.
The fabric wasn’t particularly fun to sew. As it is plastic, once you have a hole, it stays there!
The lining was great though. Soooooooooo pretty.
I sent the fabric for the belt away to Button Mania. They are a great company to deal with and do such a professional job.
When the belt came back I procrastinated again (mainly because started sewing jeans!
I tried to sew the buttonholes, but alas, my machine refused to sew them. So I decided last night to just go without buttons.
I took photos today with one of the Spoolettes as my work wife is on her honeymoon!
I am pretty darn chuffed with the outcome. Definitely will save my patterns pieces to make another trench in cotton in 2019.
The outer fabric was 3m and came from The Fabric Store, and the lining was about 2.5m andi came from Clear It Fabrics in the Fitzroy, Melbourne.
*drum roll please *
2018 TOTAL FABRIC USED = 39.5m