Monday, December 7, 2009

Coat Vlog #5: Setting in the Sleeves

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Guess what? I learned a super cool method for setting in a sleeve with a strip of bias-cut hair canvas! Check it out on this video.

The coat is totally looking like a coat now! The next step is to sew in the shoulder pads and hem the sleeves. And then it's on to the interlining and lining. Woo hoo!

20 comments:

  1. It's so helpful to see you ease the pieces together. I always struggle when I have to sew two pieces with differently shaped edges together (it's hard not to get any puckers), so I was glad to see how you got it to work.

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  2. Your vlogs are so incredibly useful - every time I learn something new. And I must say how impressed I am with your husband's powers of concentration. I just know that if I asked mine to do the same, his attention would drift half-way through. We'd constantly be having to start all over again...

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  3. I guess what I really mean to say is - thank you Gertie, and thank you Jeff! Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  4. Beth from Upstate NYDecember 7, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    How did you know how long to cut the bias hair canvas?

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  5. Beth, I just followed my book's instructions, which said to cut the piece 12 x 2. But if you wanted to get really accurate, I bet the thing to do would be to measure the top of your armhole from notch to notch. This would give you an idea of what length you needed to ease your sleeve cap to.

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  6. you are so speedy! It's like you were doing the handstitching just 5 days ago... have you tried on your work in progress yet?

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  7. I used this method on my coat and I now swear by it..I even did it on the lining (using tie interfacing) and WOW it makes the sleeves ease in perfectly.

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  8. Gertie, that vlog was genius! I can't wait to try this method - I have read about it but seeing you doing it makes it seem so much more like something that I might manage to do! Jeff's camera work was great - we could see everything really clearly!

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  9. Thanks for you vlogs! You make look very easy to do the sleeves!! I always have trouble doing them, because they don't look mmm well, they don't look like thay have to do.
    Can you take a picture of the bias hair canvas? honesty, I donno what is it, I'm gonna look for it in the net, because it looks is much better to use it than make stitches to.mmmmmmmmm I donno the word in english sorry.

    But, once again, thanks for showing us how to so it. You know, I want to do my coat but I think is difficult...BUT I'm gonna try it!!
    I don't have a vintage pattern for a coat but perhaps I can get the idea from one.

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  10. You're going to go on tv, aren't you? And then I'll never see you again, because we don't have tv. Grrr.
    I feel personally invested in this coat. And I'm thinking I might try one some day...

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  11. Your sleeve looks beautifully set.

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  12. I squee every time I see another vlog from you and your husband! Your information is always so helpful, and you're both so cute. I'd go, "Hi Gertie!" to my computer screen, but my roommate might think I'm nuts. :)

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  13. Gertie ... I want to come over and watch and learn from you. I love the videos. Keep up the great work. I see that kitty had a cameo appearance.

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  14. I have been so encouraged by your vlogs. I had been contemplating making a coat for a while. Now I'm convinced I have to. I guess it will be a sew along of sorts. Thanks so much!

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  15. I, um, actually know an easier way of setting in sleeves. I hate the 1,000 pin approach to it. It's how my mom taught me, but I, um, cheat. The canvas is a great technique, and I'll probably use it, but honestly, the easiest way to set a sleeve is to sew the sleeve in *before* you sew the side seam. It sounds crazy, but I've set sleeves that way for years. I can make them match almost exactly, and the garment side seams match exactly with the sleeve side seams. It takes me less time to do it my way.

    But then, I am the person who has a tendency to chuck pattern instructions, make it my way, and have it look exactly the same as the pattern picture... I mean, if you need pintucking or knife pleats, use embroidery transfer techniques on the wrong side of the fabric so that sew lines are visible and you get even, straight tucking every time. :D It was an epiphany while making baby clothes for my nieces....

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  16. Great vlog! I'm planning on sewing a coat myself (give me a year or two...), and I will remember this technique! I don't know where to get that hair canvas from back in Norway, but as internet is my provider at the moment, I guess it won't be a big problem.

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  17. I just sat down to watch all your vlogs at once. Great job you two! I love this new method (to me) of setting in sleeves. Very clever and seems so easy!

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  18. Hi,
    What was the name of the book that you found this technique in. I can't wait to try it. Do you have a category to the books you use?
    Thanks for a great blog.

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