in bed, watching TV with Stella at my feet
And I started pad stitching the under-collar. I didn't get very far though, before I had to get back in the car and drive somewhere else. So I finished it yesterday.
IT WAS EASY! I don't know why I'd always been scared of pad stitching. It was really simple to do and it really did work!
Then I pinned the under-collar onto my tailors ham, got out my new fandangled steamer and gave it a good steam.
Then I started the construction of the body of the jacket. I sewed the shoulder seams and then stitched the allowances down (and while I was at it I stitched the centre back seam allowances down too)
Normally I would sew the side seams too, but I wanted to try putting the sleeve in before I did that. This means you can close the side seam and the sleeve seam all at once, which gives you a really good opportunity to iron the shoulder seam first.
It was actually a pretty easy thing to do. I wouldn't say that it was easier than doing it the other way, but this way does have its benefits!
Things were going along really well at this point, so I then closed the side seams and sewed the collar on! And then I thought, lets do the facing!!! (I think I got a bit excited about the fact that it was actually becoming something recognisable!)
But then I realised that it was time to cook dinner, so I put it on my headless helper and left it until this morning when I went to take some photos for this blog post. So here it is!
There aren't any shoulder pads in there just yet, which is why it looks a bit droopy at the back.
It was then that I realised I got a bit over-excited and forgot to do something.
NO BOUND BUTTON HOLE WINDOWS ON THE JACKET FACING!!!!!
Thankfully this can be fixed. It is a bit of a pain, and fiddly, but it can be done.
Then I thought, lets sit the fur collar on and take a photo!
Now I did actually measure that this would all work before I made the collar, but I didn't take into account the thickness of the wool. As I see it I have three options:
- Unpick the top layer of the collar and attach the fur instead (ugh, unpicking - and the vintage collar will forever be part of this suit)
- Make a new fur collar that matches perfectly (sounds like a lot of work)
- Leave the suit as it is now and wear the fur collar with a cardigan instead (the easy way out, which isn't always the best way out)
I can't make up my mind. What would you do?