Monday, October 29, 2012
Coat Sew-Along: Inserting the Lining
Start by pinning the lining/facing unit to the coat (right sides together) at seamline matchpoints. It's a good idea to start at center back and then work your way out on each side of the coat.
Once you're all pinned and marked, it's time to stitch this baby! Start at one bottom edge, and go all the way around to the other.
First, the notching. You need to make notches on any seamline that curves outward, like our shawl collar. About every 1/2", make a slim notch.
Next, we'll trim and grade the seam allowances. Grading means trimming one seam allowance shorter than the other to reduce bulk. The longer seam allowance should always be the one closest to the outside of the coat (so it pads the shorter seam allowance underneath it, to prevent a ridge showing through).
Anytime you have a roll line (a collar that rolls outward at some point) the shorter seam allowance switches sides at the roll line, because the collar flips out and the facing side is then showing.
I've made you a handy diagram to show you how it works on this pattern (click to enlarge).
Here's what my graded seam allowances look like. Trim the shorter one to about 1/4", and the longer one to about 3/8".
At the bottom of the skirt facings, you'l cut away the excess.
Once everything is notched and graded and trimmed, I recommend pressing that whole big seam open. This helps get a crisp seamline. I used a point presser under my seam to help press it, and then switched to a tailor's ham underneath the curvy collar. Here's the bottom of the skirt facing, supported by a point presser.
At this point, it's a great idea to baste the whole opening edge and collar of the coat to get the seamlines to roll to the underside. I used diagonal basting around my edges, using my thumb and index finger to roll the seamline to the underside of the coat/collar. I used silk thread for this purpose, since it doesn't less prone to leave indentations when steamed.
After you're completely basted, give the whole thing a good steam and then leave to dry overnight.
If you did bound buttonholes, the next step is to make windows in the facings for them. (Do this before you tack the lining in place in step 33.) I'll write about my process of doing this in the next post!
Does this all make sense? How are you doing, sew-alongers?