Okay,So I admit it's been a while since my last post. I have however been making my coat...slooooowwwly and behind the veil of the blog. I have now completed the lining after buying a walking foot and I'll be honest, it was a mission.
- I chose a teal which I personally feels is a good colour combo with any browns. I wanted colour but not so much it would own the coat rather than the coat owning the colour. Is that street lingo? I'm not cool enough to know.
- Obviously I used the same pattern as the outer layer which I had adjusted to suit my shortass frame.
- Put the darts into the lining only as I could sense the trying to put them into the wadding would result in a great deal of tears and yelling.
- My new machine has a better overlocking stitch, so even though I don't yet possess an overlocker I managed to control the fraying before it went mental. Why is it that some fabrics fray if you look at them?
- After sewing together in the easy standard way of this pattern I used a the lining as a pattern to cut out the mahoosive wadding. Obviously I have 2 layers of the teal lining too as it would be anoying to get wadding coming through the outer fabric of my coat.
- As you can see, cutting huge lengths of fabric is really the only benefit of laminate flooring (laminate will be this generation's Artex). I tacked the wadding between the lining pieces VERY thoroughly as I didn't want any movement at all.
- Now this is the devil bit. It was a wee bit of a nightmare to drag the wadded lining back and forth through the machine to get the swirly-whirly effect I was after. And it was exercise. This is why this lining has taken so long really, as I have to keep stopping and starting so I didn't get mad and impatient with it.
- Ah, the pelt of some weird animal...I do love my swirls, though it does look very poofy at this stage.
After much consideration, googling and questioning of costumier friends, I decided my best bet for relaxing the wadding was the following course of actions:
- Washing on a cool setting with fabric conditioner and white wine vinegar
- Ironing it (I did thorough test samples, which I always advise) which flattens the wadding and makes it bend easier
- Sitting on it, rolling in it etc.
Next time, the embellishment on the back....