We’re going to use V1419, the gorgeous Ralph Rucci coat, as our first sewalong. You asked for something a little more challenging, and this pattern was the one most suggested by you as a sewalong candidate. It’s also one of our current bestselling patterns.
Co-hosting this sewalong with us is blogger Lauren of Lladybird. The minute I found out she was planning on making this coat I coerced her into sharing the sewalong duties with me. (Having co-hosted a sewalong and participated in sewalongs myself, I know they’re a lot of work to organize and post about. It’s nice to have someone to split the postings with.)
First things first: The pattern V1419 is on sale today for $5.99 (9/17 through Friday 9/19), so orders yours now. Then start thinking about fabric: We’ll go into more detail soon about what types of fabric to look for, but I’d send for swatches now if you can. The original Rucci fabric is a heavy gabardine that’s bonded to something like a wool flannel—a techno fabric, in essence. You want a fabric with a stiff drape, firm weave, and one that doesn’t need to be lined. Visit Lauren’s blog for info on a fabric discount she scored for sewalong participants.
Next week I’ll post more info about blogger badges, Pinterest boards, Flickr groups, hashtags, etc. Here’s a projected timeline for the sewalong:
9/17/2014 Announce sewalong; buy patterns.
9/22/2014 Social media: hashtags, Flickr, Pinterest, blogger badges
9/29/2014 Buying your fabric
10/6/2014 Making the muslin
10/13/2014 Prep work: cutting your fabric; marking your pattern pieces; underlining (if applicable); creating bias binding; reinforcing and staystitching (Steps 1-3 and step 35)
10/20/2014 Attaching gusset, binding, belt & side seams (steps 4-22)
10/27/2014 Sleeves & Back (steps 23-50)
11/3/2014 Pockets (steps 51-63)
11/10/2014 Facing, button holes, buttons, and hem (steps 64-86)
11/17/2014 Parade of coats!
We are so excited to host this sewalong! Leave us a comment here and let us know if you’ll be joining us. Thanks!