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InstructionsMy inspiration was a Chanel Couture Coat, featured in the Couture Collection, Paris Runway Show for Fall 2012.
Working with handwoven fabric required special attention to detail and handling the seams.
I used a 1 inch strip of featherweight fusible for all seams to prevent frays and support the seams.
Also, Machine Embroidered buttonholes were the perfect ...
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Type of item: Clothing
90% Wool and 10% Mohair - Handwoven
What was your inspiration?
My inspiration was a Chanel Couture Coat, featured in the Couture Collection, Paris Runway Show for Fall 2012 and a beautiful handwoven wool and mohair fabric by Linda Kubik of Ritzville, WA.
My goal was to enter the Make It With Wool (MIWW) Contest (Adult Division). When I was 16, I entered the MIWW and was selected as the 1970 National Junior Winner. After 42 years, I thought it would be fun to try again.
What are you most proud of?
Taking the time to Focus on Fit. Yes, at least 10 tries with various patterns. I had some real problem areas due to round shoulders and sway back.
Learning so many new skills and techniques, available from the Couture Dress Course. I felt like I had a "Best Friend" and "Sewing Angel" with me, at every step.
Of course - Finishing It!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Enjoy the process. Stay with it. Set a goal for each time you sew. Check each step, as short cuts will only compound. If it's not just right, do-over. Kathy Ruddy's Seam Slicer was always my nearest notion.
Gather what you expect you will need, before you start. Since many hometowns have limited options, and many supplies may need to be ordered, don;t settle for whatever is available. Search until you find what you need.
Practice your pressing techniques. This is so important for the fabric you choose. Don't let an iron ruin your project.
Test your Interfacings! and your Embroidery Stabilizers!
My three most important purchases were a new iron Oliso Pro (the one that does Push Ups), Dress Form (On Sale at Hancock Fabrics and Couture Womens Size Coat Hangers from the Kirby Hanger Project.