Sewing Projects 46: The “Epic of Epic Epicness WIP” Coat

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Originally written for, and posted at, The Sew Weekly. Theme: Winter
Simplicity6933The Facts
Fabric: Green stretch wool from Mood $50 for two and a half yards, lining from stash
Pattern: Simplicity 6933
Year: 1966
Notions: 4 covered buttons from stash
Time to complete: 7 hours of work on the muslin, at least 15 hours on the coat so far
First worn: Just for fitting right now
Wear again? I should hope so!
Total price: ~$50

I hope you will all forgive me for showing a work in progress. I couldn’t just do something else when the opportunity was so perfect. Once this is finished, this coat needs a parade in my oh-so humble opinion. It’s been two years in the making!! I finally found this wool at Mood back in May and have been waiting patiently for the big reveal! Also, it’s been a bit of a weird/surreal week for other reasons, and trying to finish this up on the weekend was sort of hellish. I was staying up way too late and eventually I just realized it wasn’t going to happen before my picture taking deadline on Sunday afternoon.
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Husband was making Project Runway jokes – that I was going to be disqualified and sent home! After this year of sewing I can better appreciate the super fast paced timeline that show works on.
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So no, it’s not done. It still needs the full lining, buttons and hems. Plus I may redo some darts that are looking a bit dimply.
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Since this was such a special garment, I started out with a muslin. And thank goodness because the sleeves were of course way too low – like, six inches too low – and way too wide! What is it with vintage patterns and super low arm scythes? Anyway, It took a few hours of staring at the pieces, adding scraps, and pinching here and there before I felt ok with cutting into the real fabric.
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The facing fabric is some Tufted Tweets by Laurie Wisbrun that I’ve held on to for about a year. I absolutely love it with this. The green of the wool is proving difficult to photograph correctly. It’s more Christmas/emerald green in real life but turns out more blue on camera. My photoshop skills are only intermediate so the bit of color correcting I tried didn’t really help that much.
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I’ll be so glad to finally get to wear it! We might even have cold weather by then!


About EBS

Museum curator, nerd, chronic watcher of TV show marathons, married to a soccer hooligan, vegetarian, obsessive sewer.
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