2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

February 13, 2014

12 DAYS IN...

...I purposely have not posted to avoid boring readers with a blow by blow account of my Fearless February project - aka the Vera Coat.  But in thinking about it today, I had to remind myself that the main purpose of my blog is to journal my sewing experience/adventure.  It's a record that I often look back on to see how far I've come.  So chronicling the process is really important to me.  To that end, here's an update on the project.

I'm 12 days in construction wise, so there's no turning back.   I tend to always set preliminary deadlines for myself - two weeks for this project - so there's 2 days left.  No, I don't always meet the deadlines, but sometimes I do.  With a rare snow day yesterday and today I was able to progress from this stage

To this stage,
Vogue 8548 Front

Back




Vera and I have spent several really, really late nights together this week.  Sometimes when you spend so much time with a person/thing you find yourself not liking it as much.  I have to admit that I've had my moments with Vera.  But she's still in the house/on the dress form.  I will say that I will NEVER buy this type fabric again!
  •  I so wanted to use a two piece sleeve, but with this fabric I felt the less seams to deal with the better.  Went with the pattern sleeve, but tapered it to reduce the bell shape a bit.  Sleeve went in without a hitch, I inserted it flat.
  • ALL seams (except sleeve)  have been serged and double topstitched to stop intense fraying.
  • Tapered skirt at side seams 2 1/2" to reduce exaggerated aline shape.
  • Added side seam pockets complete with pocket facings.

Now I need to make a new "Finish Line List":
  • Construct lining
  • Complete bound button holes in lining
  • Insert sleeve heads and shoulder pads
  • Interface hems
  • Hem skirt and sleeves
  • Sew on buttons
 Hopefully I'll make my deadline.  Keep cheering for me please...

30 comments:

  1. Look like Vera is coming along nicely. Hopefully she will be a good girl and let you finish her with no problems. Continued good luck!

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  2. So fantastic Faye! Can't wait to see how this continues!

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  3. Personally I like in progress posts because I always learn something new from them or because I can follow your journey and understand how you got to the end. So thanks for sharing yours! Vera is looking good, btw!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. That warmed my heart to know that my posts aren't boring the world to death.

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  4. That is so cute! Lucky Vera. I hope she lets you borrow it from time to time.

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    1. Thank you Melissa. I'm keeping an eye on your wedding dress process.

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  5. You can do it Faye! That color is really pretty too!!

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  6. Looking good! Will be a good coat for winter. How is the weather in your area. Hope you are doing well.

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    1. Thank you Diane! My weather is warming up as the storm moved north.

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  7. It's looking really great! And that collar is going to be amazing!

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    1. I interfaced that collar to the hilt to make sure it stands up. Thank you Pauline.

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  8. This is going to be wonderful!

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    1. Thank you so much Juliane!

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  9. Vera is coming right along, it will be a beautiful coat. Enjoy the last 2 days sewing on Vera, I can't wait to see the modeled coat.

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  10. It's looking really good Faye. Lots of snow days here too but no sewing going on. Life is getting in the way!

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    1. Thank you Diana. I do understand, life does have the nerve to do that to us sometimes!

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  11. I *love* progress posts. I get sad when I see a lovely garment with absolutely no notes on how it was constructed or any changes or hiccup the sewer encountered.

    Please keep posting these types of posts!!! It helps so many of us (especially the beginners!!)

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    1. Thank you Nakisha! I'll be sure to keep up the progress reports.

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  12. You can do it Linda! I feel very good about this one. The coat really looks good and such a unique shape...very nice. Can't wait to see it on you.
    Cecil

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    1. Thank you Cecil, you've been a wonderful sounding board through this process as with my others.

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

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  14. You're coming along, and I think you will love this when it's done! It's a pretty color, and I'm betting that your students will be lavish with their songs of praise for Vera!

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  15. Anonymous2/24/2014

    Hello my Faye, I don't comment regular. But you can bet I am enjoying the journey with you.
    This coat is a work of love. I am so glad this is not a hurry, hurry project. I am keeping a journal of our time together on this project.
    Love you so much, mama.

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