Back to the 20 minute-at-a stretch sewing. Takes forever, but at least there is some progress.
I started with the little bits...the collar, the belt, the pocket flaps, the shoulder and sleeve bands, etc. Got them done to the topstitiching.
I'd decided to use a dark charcoal for my topstitiching; it matched the buttons and I thought that would make a nice detail.
The first item to be topstiched after I changed out the thread was the back shield.
Folks, once that thread was on the elephant gray coat it looked blue.
I guess it's just the contrast. Away from the coat fabric, it looks dark gray.
Laid on it...it looks navy blue.
So I've unpicked that topstiching and will redo it. I considered just using black, but the buttons are a swirly gray, so I nixed the black (now I'm wishing I'd just gotten black buttons).
I guess I'll just use the matching thread to topstitch. Won't be quite as striking, but, given the way things are going here, maybe less contrast will be a good thing...