Surprisingly and unexpectedly I managed to get in a couple of hours of sewing today, so the trench coat moved along a little.
Today I made the inside of the bound button holes, the bit on the facing:
Once the lining is in I will have to handstitch them to the outside part – that is in fact the part of the coat I fear! I HATE handstitching! Probably because I have no idea how it is done properly. I just make it up as I go along – and it shows… Anyway, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
I also decided to follow the advice of all you kind commentators and go with a light coloured lining. I will have to go and buy some – my stash has come up short re suitable lining. Well, there is a first time for everything ;-).
You will also have spotted the red piping I have added to the facings. This is thanks to Anne, who gave me the inspired idea to add a little spot of colour. I experimented with a few fabrics, but then decided on an English theme of red on white and made some red piping:
Then I played around with ideas for an inside pocket. Using a leftover scrap of leather I experimented with a zip cover/embellishment/thing:
So this is where it’s at today:
I don’t quite get the way the epaulettes are to be attached – Burda instructions, ey?! At the moment I have just pinned them – I might have to meditate further to get into the spirit of Burda.
I have ordered the buttons, I will get the lining when I have a chance this week – so I might be able to finish the coat next weekend. They say there will be snow in my parts later this week. Wouldn’t it be so chic if I could greet the snow in a white coat?