|Red Spring Raincoat (Burda 02-2009-133) is FINISHED \o/|
|The completed black and white lining (right side out) waiting to be attached to the outer|
The lining I bought in late 2013 on the Goldhawk Road in London. It's a black and white shiny something or other -- synthetic obviously, but fibre content is unknown to me. I was absolutely dreading sewing with it because my experiences with shiny, shifty fabric have not been particularly happy. However, with a few little tricks in my arsenal (505 adhesive spray; cutting out on top of fabric and with shears for once rather than rotary) it actually cut out nicely, and I also had relatively few problems with sewing it. In fact, the whole lining process went much more smoothly than I anticipated, and I am really pleased with the results.
|Front and back view of coat|
Luckily, I own an extremely useful little e-book called "Easy Guide To Sewing Linings" by Connie Long, which I highly recommend. It is quite expensive for such a small book (about £9.50 on Amazon) but it is a well-organized book with plenty of pictures and useful information in a concise format. Most of the book is, as you have probably guessed, about inserting linings into jackets, coats, skirts, dresses, trousers, etc and it describes various hand-sewing and machine-sewing methods and techniques. However, I wish I had remembered before I cut my fabric that it also contains instructions on how to make lining patterns using your main garment pattern pieces. I did what Burda told me to do, which turned out to be more or less in line with the book's instructions, but I wished afterwards I had made some of the refinements to the sleeve/armhole recommended in the book that Burda do not mention at all.
|Side and inside out view of coat -- you can see the vents on the sleeves and hem, and the long sleeve facings on the inside|
|Coat as modelled by yours truly. Not sure what all those wrinkles are on the front shot since they only appear in this one image, but I definitely have some shoulder fit problems at both front and back|
|I really liked how the pockets were constructed on this coat|
In conclusion: I am the happiest owner of a new red coat! :D Also, I think you can expect to see a lot more Burda and a lot more outerwear this year now that I've made a start. :D