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A Fine Line-ing

28 Feb

When we last left off I was panicking because the front of the jacket didn’t fit right.  My initial reaction was to whine about it and say “dammit, something always goes wrong!”  What I should have done before that was look in my stack of fabric because it turns out I just forgot to add the front left part of the jacket.  Silly.  In a random stroke of good luck, I could actually add this piece many steps later without taking apart the coat.  PHEW!

Once that was fixed it was on to the lining.  I started by attaching the lining to the front closure parts of the jacket, where the buttons will go.  The white part on the fabric is the interfacing which will keep the fabric stiff since we don’t want it to droop with the weight of the buttons now, do we? Drooping fabric is so not in this season.

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Let’s take a second to look at something not so cool, stains.
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While I was ironing the lining, the iron leaked water onto the fabric.  I thought nothing of it because this has happen a million times before and the fabric always dries with no harm done.  Not this time.  A big honking stain, that goes through to both sides of the fabric so there’s no hiding that bad boy.  At least it’s on the inside of the jacket, right?

Next step was to sew the rest of the lining together so it mimics the outside of the jacket.  Sew the two back pieces together then sew those back pieces to the front.  Here’s how it looks put together, like it’s own little jacket.

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Since I focused more on getting the plaids to match, rather that matching the raw edges, I had a bunch of trimming to do to even things out.  This hopefully shouldn’t make much of a difference except maybe the sleeves or hem are a little shorter…I think?

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The fun part comes now!  Pin the lining to the outside of the coat, right sides together, making sure to keep the collar free, and stitch away!  By keeping the right sides together the seam will be hidden, so that once you flip it right-side out, it will look all snazzy and professional.  Wanna see?

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Cool right?!

To summarize the next few steps: A whole crap-load of hand-stitching.  To the couch I go with my needle and thread…

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