I'm a sewing enthusiast in Beacon, New York, with a love of all things retro. This site is all about tutorials, tips, inspiration, and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. My first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, is now out from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books! Also look for my line "Patterns by Gertie" from Butterick.
Kind of scary looking, huh? My coat fabric is a lovely double-faced wool and angora blend, with one side being light robin's egg blue and the other a pale lime color. I'm only using the blue side, but you can see here how the right and wrong sides work in this pattern.
Here's a close-up of the back neck. The directions called for a length of twill tape to stabilize the neckline.
I'm having trouble getting the top seam on the raglan sleeves to lay flat. Do you think a clapper would help? I don't have one of those contraptions, but maybe it's time to invest in one.
Here's the facing and pocket inside. I finished the backs of the bound buttonholes by making little windows
with silk organza patches and then hand stitching the windows around the
You can also see the inside of the welt pockets. They have a self-fabric facing and a pocket bag made out of the lining fabric.
Speaking of lining! You may wonder why the heck I haven't finished this coat yet. Well, there was a lining mishap. I was a little short on the polka dot charmeuse, and the store I bought it from doesn't have any more. The horror! I ended up buying a solid charmeuse to supplement. And then I spent a while obsessing over how the shades of peachy beige don't exactly match each other.
But the reality is that I only have to cut one lining piece from the solid: the sleeve front. Which means it will hardly ever show. Which means I need to get over myself and finish this damn coat.
Oh! I also bought gloves! Aren't they pretty?
They're a sort of plummy pink that looks lovely with the light blue.
Readers, what would you have done in the lining situation I had? Start over with an entirely new lining so it would all match? Or maybe you would have been wise and bought enough lining to begin with. (I did read the envelope! I swear!) Would it drive you crazy if one sleeve piece was solid and the rest of the lining was a print?