These next few posts are teasers because I'm not going to show the finished front and back of the coat until Gwen gets to see it in June at the Design Outside The Lines workshop. From her emails, we're working on vastly different projects - which is fabulous - to see how the same fabric can be interpreted in different ways. The workshop starts June 1st so I'll post those images along with Gwen's creation as soon as possible but until then... you're being teased.
In an earlier posting, I talked about my reason for quilting the lining versus the fashion fabric. Here you can see exactly what I meant. The pile on the left is the lining pieces and the pile on the right is the remnants. They're odd shaped but definitely enough to make into something else. I'm glad I chose this route.
The coat I'm making is a shorter version of one I've made before. Even so, sewing the lining first allowed me to confirm the fit. There's a 1 1/2" hem to be taken off still. I'm leaving that until the end when I decide how to finish those edges.
Years ago. I bought a LOT - about ten meters - of expensive, quality lining in the bargain center for $2.00 a meter. It has a satin front and flannel back that matches the quilted sections well while providing a slippery surface for putting my arm into the sleeve.
I'm not sure if you can make it out in this image but I top stitched the seams with fuchsia thread to match the accent color I'm using on the front. Totally unnecessary but very fun - which I think is an important ingredient of creativity - enjoying what you do. Today, in-between other appointments, I'm working on the outer layer.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - great bargain center finds