This week in our V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along we’re focusing on making a muslin (or “toile,” if you prefer), which is the test garment you should always make first when good fit is paramount. Rachel of House of Pinheiro is our sew along co-host, and she has written an excellent post about the V1467 muslin she made and how she adjusted it to get the fit she’s looking for. Check it out now if you’re looking for good info on sewing a muslin.
I’m actually skipping the muslin phase. Horrors, right? I’d never advise anyone to skip this part, but there is a method to my madness. I’ll be sewing this jacket for a family member, and I was able to have her try on the sample garment from Anne Klein:
I stayed late at work last night so I could use the cutting tables in our dressmaking department. So worth going home a little later! Cutting on tall and wide tables is THE BEST. For another dose of sewing room envy, take a look at the dressmaking department iron I used to fuse my interfacing to my jacket pieces:
Man, do those irons work fast and steam like a beast! Fabric and fusible interfacing bonded in seconds.
Speaking of fusible interfacing… An Instagram follower pointed out that we could have saved her a trip to the fabric store if we had indicated on the pattern that fusible interfacing was ok to use (we specify sew-in interfacing). So I thought I’d remind you that with our Vogue Patterns designer patterns we instruct you to sew your garment in the same way the designer created his or her garment. In this case, Anne Klein used sew-in interfacing. You, however, can change up our patterns as you’d like. If you prefer fusible interfacing, then by all means use it.
Looks like all systems are go for me to start sewing my pea coat! Where do you stand with yours? Remember, feel free to go at your own pace. We understand that life gets in the way of things.