Friday, September 14, 2012

Coat Sew-Along Schedule


As of last night, we have 160 members of the Butterick 5824 coat sew-along! Check out the Flickr page; there are already lots of great discussions happening.

Here's a tentative schedule for the sew-along:

  • Now until October 1st: purchase pattern, fabric, and supplies, make and post your muslin to the Flickr group
  • Week of October 1st: Interfacing, Bodice Front and Back (Steps 1-9 in the pattern instructions)
  • Week of October 8th: Skirt (Steps 10-17 in the pattern instructions)
  • Week of October 15th: Facing and Bodice Lining (Steps 18-25 in the pattern instructions)
  • Week of October 22nd: Skirt Lining (Steps 26-31 in the pattern instructions)
  • Week of October 27th: Attaching Lining and Finishing (Steps 32-39 in the pattern instructions)
Looks like we'll have fabulous new coats in time for Halloween!

These steps follow the pattern's instructions, but I will also be giving additional tailoring tips throughout the process. (Also! Have you all seen the new Stitch Magazine? I have an article called "Your First Coat: What the Pattern Instructions Don't Tell You" that you may find of interest. I've seen the magazine at Barnes & Noble, Joann, and Hobby Lobby.)

Next week I'll put up a couple posts on supplies and muslin making. If you want to get a head start on your muslin, that's awesome. I would recommend just sewing a muslin of the bodice; the skirt doesn't have a precise fit. No need to include facings or linings. 

Let me know if you have questions! I'm so excited to be sewing along with you all. 


23 comments:

  1. Just got back from holiday and not only has your coat pattern arrived (in plenty of time for the sew-along) but also your book. Can I just say it looks absolutely fabulous :) Had it on order waiting for the release date and it was worth the wait - WOW

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  2. Butterick patterns will be 99 cents at JoAnn's next week! I will be purchasing both of yours plus the new Retro Butterick design. (Unfortunately, I don't have time for a sew-along... I'll be putting this glorious coat pattern away for 'someday')

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    1. Yes! I saw the ad for this sale earlier this week and will be heading up to get it too! And just like you, it will be in the "someday" pile - way too much to sew right now! :)

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    2. What dates are the patterns on sale? I I have to travel a little ways to get to a JoAnn and it would be a drag to show up on the wrong day. Thanks!

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  3. Oh Gertie, can´t wait! I bought the pattern in the last Butterick sale but it hasn't arrived yet - I live in Brazil. I hope it gets here before October!

    I am also having a blast with your book - this one arrived on time ;-)

    Bisous!

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  4. I only need my interfacing, then I'm ready to start! This is going to be cool, so much eye candy afterwards :)

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  5. I wish I could take part but I think I'm going to have to let my giant halloween costume plans take precedent for once so I'm not up all hours of the night for once!

    It's a beautiful pattern though and I'll have to keep it in mind for my next coat project. I look forward to seeing everyone's progress!

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  6. Gertie, I received your book this week - congratulations, it´s amazing!! I can´t wait to start sewing up your patterns!

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  7. I have too many things going over the next month to 'sew along ' but could I see behind?? Lol. I am wondering if I sign up to group and join discussions where I can, then sew at my on pace. I have just move 1100km and my sewing machine isn't here yet, in 2 weeks it will be here but I will then be interstate! Such bad timing...

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    1. Totally. There are still people catching up to the coat sew-along I ran two years ago! You'll always be able to see the resources.

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  8. Fabric.com ran out of the fabric I ordered. hopefully I'll find something I like more.

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  9. I will not be able to participate with the sew a long, although I want to one day have some fun with one! Sadly, the logistics are too complicated. However, I will be following along and am excited to cheer all participants onward!

    Best wishes, too, with your book launch!

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  10. I'm in for the Sew Along! Does the fabric matter for the muslin?

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  11. How hard would it to be to make a straighter skirt on the coat?

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    1. I would like to do the same, so I second this question.

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  12. Just purchased the pattern. Heading out today to get the materials needed...Very excited for this sew-a-long. It will be my first ever! Love this coat but I'm a bit intimidated to put it together....I'm going to try, glad there is a group for support...;)....Thanks Gertie

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  13. Sorry for the off-topic question, but I have bought your sewing book, and have a question. When pad stitching collars, is the pad stitching supposed to show on the other side? I am unsure. I was confused because I now live in a state which gets quite cold in winter, and turning up collars for protection against the cold is an option, but if I got this stitching showing....
    Nadine (btw....LOVE the book! And the patterns are sooo cute!)

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  14. Just picked up my copy of the pattern at the joanns sale today. Can't wait to make muslin! Now just to decide on a fabric in my price range.

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  15. I was on the fence until i spotted the JoAnn's sale! Now i have to find the money for some fabric...I am very excited, this will be my first coat!

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  16. Me encanta este abrigo, me parece una preciosidad.

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  17. I am going to try to do the sew along. I don't think I will wear it here in San Diego but I have some fabric I purchased on clearance that needs to be used and bought the pattern on sale so I am almost set. Must find lining fabric on sale. BTW I love your book. One of my new favorites.

    Thalia

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  18. what fabric are people getting for this. i bought some midweight wool blend and it is soooo heavy. i don't think i want the coat to weigh that much. ideas anyone?

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