Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gertie's sew along!

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?


  1. Love your fabric choices. I'm doing the sew along, too. I'm still working on cutting out my muslin pieces and thread tracing the stitching lines. I've never done any of this before, but I'm excited about stepping up my game a little.
    I think a lot of pattern companies assume that people have really broad shoulders. I often have issues with fit through the shoulders. I wonder if it would help to grade a size smaller at the shoulder from the bust? (I know I'm not much help-sorry!) Good luck with the sew along and I'm excited to see your finished product!

  2. Hey Laurwyn! Can't wait to see how the coat turns out. I'm doing the Lady Grey but am stuck in a cycle of procrastination - I haven't even chosen fabric yet.

  3. I'm doing a tailoring class right now and I'm loving it! But I love handstitching so that probably helps!

    Looking forward to seeing your coat as it comes a long!

  4. Hi Laurwyn, I wanted to forward onto you this versatile blogger award! Couldn't find your e-mail?

  5. Hi Laurwyn!
    You know me as immi. from BurdaStyle. What I want to tell you, is that I know these fitting-problems very well. I am not a standart-size at all, even when I was in the 20th I never could use a pattern without alterations.

    I think some slopers which are adapted to your very own shape would be helpful. I use those sloper everytime, at least to compare them with a pattern I bought. It is time consuming to create such a sloper but it is worth it.



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