I thought I 'd be able to share some photos of the trench coat progress...I really am making some!!...but, while the new computer is up and running, the Microsoft photo editor that I was using on the old machine apparently has not been part of the upgrade and I can't edit my photos to get them into what I consider 'post worthy' shape.
So I'll give a little report. As of this morning, I'd gotten everything done I could possibly do before making buttonholes and I pulled out the Kenmore and made some keyhole buttonholes in the pocket flaps, the sleeve tabs and the shoulder tabs.
The pockets were then staring me in the face...I'll admit, I was really intimidated by those pockets, and the directions were, at best, sketchy. I altered the recommended process a bit; I did NOT slash the dart open until after I was satisfied with the placement of the flap and pocket bags. All in all, it was probably easier than doing a regular welt pocket with a flap, but, well, I'd be nervous doing that, too. Cutting into the coat front is just scary, period.
Next up on the nervous-o-meter was the collar. I already had the collar constructed and on the band, ready to be attached, so I gulped and kept going. It gave me some aggravation; the band was a bit bigger than the neckline. I'm not sure why, other than after all the wrasslin' I wondered if I put 5/8" seams on the ends of the band pattern (although I don't know why, unless I thought I had to match the front or something) and then sewed it w/ 3/8" seams, which would've made it about 1/2" too big...and that's about what it seemed to be. I need to check the pattern tracing.
But, by clipping and stretching the coat neckline and the facing neckline and workin' it, I managed to get it on and, surprisingly, it's not too awful, once it's pressed out.
But, should I decide to make another coat from this pattern, I WILL be checking that.
Current status: pressing out the lapel points and the long facing seams and catchstitching the facing/inner band coat/outerband seams.
My Sweet Babboo has been sewing a coat, too...something called a 'Hunter's Frock', made from unbleached canvas, for his frontiersman group. He's using a pattern from Missouri River Patterns -- and he's handsewing it. With a needle and linen thread. He's been toting it around with him for the last 6 weeks or so, working on it every chance he gets, and he's farther along on it than I am on my trench.
How embarrassing. :-) Fortunately, I'm in the rapid progress stage; even the lining is completed and ready to go in. If I can manage to get into the sewing nook at all in the next few days, I should have something that looks like a coat.
'Course, the finish work is all hand sewing...hemming and lotsa buttons. So he could still beat me.