My Mom's Peacoat Sewing Experience
If you were a little overwhelmed by all the handstitching involved in Dana's Tailored Peacoat Series last week, never fear, you can still easily sew a Goldstream Peacoat if you are new to sewing outerwear and only have a limited time frame for sewing. Here is my Mom to tell you about her experience sewing the Goldstream Peacoat!
A Peacoat … Sure I can! And even better … if I can, you can!I selected a very thick Melton wool fabric in a black/almost navy with a shiny backed tan coloured lining. I also purchased a metre of horsehair interfacing so that I could play with laying out some panels on the front pieces. The cutting out went well. I decided to sew an extra-large rather than the large as we wanted to make sure that Farrell would be comfortable wearing a heavy sweater (his Newcastle) underneath. Turns out that was a good choice for him and the types of activities he does when wearing his coat. He has lots of room in the jacket for movement and doesn't feel stuffed inside it when he is wearing layers. I carefully followed all of the steps that were thoroughly described in the instructions, right down to the tailor tacking. Because of my inexperience with sewing clothing, some of the steps were hard for me to logic out. Instead, I just followed them and then ended up being delighted each time that the pieces went together and the intent of the step became clear to me. Only once did I text Morgan a question. I needed to check to see if I was interpreting her instructions as she intended. In my impatience to keep going on the jacket, I didn’t wait for the reply and proceeded anyways. With relief I did fine as trying to unpick a black thread on the heavy wool seam is a tough task. My light duty sewing machine coped with the heavy layers well. The only challenging seam was the one where I sewed the outer jacket to the lining with collar and a leather piece that I chose to add. With a denim needle and some patience, I got through it. (My mom's tip to use a denim needle for thick layers is a great one, have you tried this? I had never done this until the other day and I found this improved the quality of my stitches when going through several layers of wool.) The jacket turned out great! I meant to keep track of the time it took me but got carried away with the sewing and forgot to. Once I set my mind to it, I just tackled a few pieces at a time and it was complete in approximately 20 hours of sewing. My confidence has been bolstered and I am ready for more sewing projects. I think I will start on the Comox Trunks which are waiting for me. I have my eye on an item of clothing yet to be released in the Alpine Collection. Farrell has already been ‘living in’ the first sample that Morgan sewed in his size. He has dropped some not so subtle hints about that too. Thanks, Mom, for sharing your experience! My dad looks very dapper in his Goldstream Peacoat!