I have been following Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing for quite a while. A few weeks ago, she announced she was doing a sew-along of her own: a coat! At first, I decided to not participate as the pattern they were using was too expensive (costs+shipping to Europe =$$$). Of course, I followed the posts where she discussed the preliminaries. One day, she mentioned that anyone could participate, even with another pattern!
I was in!!!
You might remember that I mentioned my new project two weeks ago: a coat with this fabric and this pattern:
This is what I am going to use for the sew-along. The only difference is that it will be more refined as we are doing some tailoring! I have been reading quite a little about tailoring. It is so interesting! However, I am quite anxious as it is more tricky to accomplish. It will need more patience too. What I am really happy about is that is going to help me considerably to improve my novice sewing skills and broaden the catalog of techniques I use.
So far, I have...
- upgraded the pattern
- traced it on paper
- traced it on my muslin
- assembled most of the muslin
- realized the work that lies ahead.
I am going to need help for the fit, I think. The pictures showing the problems are below. The issues are:
- I must add 2 cm at the waist
- I want to add 5 cm at the hips (for more ease)
- I want to shorten the upper back piece at the waist (1,5 cm)
- the shoulders are too wide which has a lot of consequences (the bust pulls, the arm pulls, the arm is too long)
The three first fitting issues, I can handle. I have done it before. However, I do not know how to proceed properly for the shoulders, especially in the case of of a princess cut... The whole thing looks better when I pull the start of the sleeve closer to the neckline (maybe not as much as on the picture). Do you see what I mean?
Do you know where I could find a tutorial?
Do you also participate to this sew-along?