Calling all Peacoat Test Sewers!
Matt gave you a sneak peak of my big peacoat project earlier this week and now, here is the full gallery of photos that resulted from a quick photo shoot with his dad, Rick! [gallery type="rectangular" ids="1509,1508,1503,1507,1504,1505,1502,1501,1506"] This is the final size medium sample of the Goldstream Peacoat pattern which is now being graded by Sabine over at Suncoast Custom while I work away on the instructions. As you can see, the pea coat pattern will include an attractive (I think!) combination of classic and modern (read: easy to sew) details. We've included epaulets and sleeve tabs as well as traditional top-stitched pointed lapels but we've forgone the tricky welt pockets to instead include unconventional but very easy to sew patch pockets with optional flaps. The pattern includes a hood which is sewn as a completely separate piece from the coat so as not to complicate the classic pea-coat shape. During really awful weather the hood can be buttoned to the hidden under-collar buttons so the wearer can stay completely dry and warm. There is a center back seam as well as optional front darts (which were not used for the version pictured here) so that the fit of the body is very easy to adjust. If the darts are sewn in, the fit is very slim and modern (perfect for all the tall slim men who have been loving the fit of our Newcastle Cardigan!) but if they are left un-sewn the fit is as photographed here - a nicely fitted classic peacoat. Now that things are drawing to a close with the production of the pea coat pattern (finally! You have all been so patient with us while we tackled this huge pattern project!) we are ready to assemble a list of pea coat test sewers. For each of our other pattern releases we simply sent an email out to our existing test sewing group. All these people have volunteered to be added to the list either through our website or blog and have been so enthusiastic and helpful each time we require test sewers. For this pattern, though, we would like to accept new volunteers to add to our existing group in hopes of finding three test sewers with as much coat sewing and general tailoring experience as possible. If you would like to be added to our test-sewing list for this particular project, comment on this blog post (and we will email you to ask for details on your sewing experience), or skip that step and email us directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with either a small write-up detailing your experience or links to online records of relevant projects (be it a blog post, a flickr pool or facebook photos etc.). Keep in mind that this is quite a big test sewing project and will need to be completed in a time frame of approximately three weeks from when we send you the pattern. As we expect to send the pattern out to testers within the next two weeks, this means that you will need to devote a good portion of time to sewing the coat this November. Any test sewers who are already on our mailing list need not re-volunteer as we will send out our usual email once the pattern is ready to send out and you can volunteer for the project at that point! Thanks for volunteering!
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