Project

Ivory/Gold Coat

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The details, and the freedom I felt to experiment. Piecing the sleeves, I was able to take full advantage of the fabric and feature the flower bouquets more prominently. Also, I got out the attachments for my very old Singer (recently repaired) and discovered that the ruffler works beautifully. I took full advantage of this and made enough ruffle for the entire edge. Also, the coat is completely reversible . . . it can be worn ivory or gold side out. And I cannot say enough for the interfacing! Pam Erny of Fashion Sewing Supply has it right! The ivory side of the coat is completely interfaced with Pro Weft Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing. This gave the fabric body and structure without any stiffness at all. It also adds warmth and weight. It made all the difference in the success of this project. My one disappointment is the buttons. They are self-fabric buttons . . . extremely lightweight and cheap feeling. Anyone have any advice on how to go about finding a better alternative? I couldn't find any buttons that really looked good. Would love to have buttons made from this fabric . . . just better than this. Update . . . The new buttons are gorgeous! Pat Mahoney of Pat's Custom Buttons did a wonderful job with my fabric. NOW I'm satisfied with this project! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Find a simple pattern and use couture techniques. Once again, I will recommend enrolling in Susan Khalje's Couture Dress Class. The techniques learned in that course have made every garment I've sewn since so much more successful. Hopefully with each project I will get a little bolder and experiment more (play with the fabric . . . let it tell you what it wants to be).

What you will need

  • Vintage embroidered silk
  • Pro Weft Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing.

Q&A with Cheryl Lemmons

Scheri Manson asked:
Cheryl you and I are really having fun on Craftsy. This coat is extraordinary in everyway. Oh how would I love to slip this on for a night out. What a statement piece. I found an article on a company that does custom covred buttons and belts. Here is the link to Gertie's blog with a write up. http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/09/belts-part-one-have-one-custom-made.html What is your next fabulous project?
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
Thanks, Scheri. Indeed I am having a blast! Loving this sewing community! A vest for my son to wear to the Hobbit is next. It will be a wearable muslin since he wants me to make him several vests. How about for you?
Likelylass asked:
Wow! This is beautiful. Lovel all the finishing details.
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
Likelylass, thank you. New buttons are waiting to be attached. I'll add a picture when they are done.
maggiesc asked:
Cheryl, this is really beautiful!
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
Thank you, maggiesc. The new buttons have arrived. I'll post a new pic as soon as I get them sewed on.
CatzSop asked:
LOVE THIS! The fabric and ruffles are so pretty. I can't wait to see your' latest projects when we work together again next summer. Will you be bringing your sewing machine?
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
I can't imagine going for a month without my sewing machine. So, yes, I will be bringing it.