Ta-da! It’s finished. It’s photographed. KCWC Day #5 = about 7 days spent on this coat:
It really was a lot of work (16 pieces to cut out!), but it was fun to make, and I’m pretty excited that I didn’t screw this thing up! So get ready for yet another gratuitous display of photos…
It’s been so hard to hold off on this project – the wool was purchased back in July and I’ve been anxiously waiting for fall so I could legitimately sew a coat. But starting this made me so nervous – I’ve never dumped so much money into one garment, and I really, really wanted it to come out like I’d envisioned it. Turns out I was in good hands with the School Days Coat pattern. Good old Oliver + S – they never let you down!
I used a blue-green Moda wool from Fabric Depot and lined it with a Kokka Trefle print from Cool Cottons.
When I bought the Kokka I never imagined it would end up hidden inside a coat, but this beauty convinced me to forge ahead.
We tried on this lovely coat for sizing (thanks Trinh!) and went with the 2T – it fits on the big side, which is perfect.
The sleeve and lining hems are finished by hand. I always dread hand sewing, so I enlisted my mom to do some (okay, most) of it for me. Here’s the sleeve I did after she showed me how to do a proper blind hem stitch.
I thought a special coat deserved a special tag inside, so I embroidered Lila’s name on a piece of twill tape and sewed it in the lining:
This is cheesy, but I kind of wanted to cry when she tried on the coat for the first time. And not because she jumped for joy and thanked me for it (that never happens! but that’s okay, I have no illusions that my sewing is for anyone but me). I was just so relieved that it all came together with no horrible, glaring errors, and that I had made a real coat! It’s the kind of project I never would have attempted at this time a year ago, and I just felt really….happy. Sewing makes me all emotional!