This lovely coat isn’t just for fashion runways or standing “casually” in front of cityscape backdrops with your hair bobby pinned in an elaborate up-do suitable for royal weddings. It can be YOURS – if you have several yards of boiled wool, tons of patience, and pattern 1321 from Vogue.
CraftFail reader Joanne had all those things – in fact, she’d been saving five yards of special boiled wool for TEN YEARS for just the right project. She was determined to make pattern 1321 for her expecting daughter, which is a gesture someone like myself can appreciate after spending two winter pregnancies unable to close a coat in the front. Won’t she look fabulous?
Enthusiastically and carefully I cut into my precious wool. I sewed the back darts, which require first sewing them inside, then topstitching them outside. Hm. Boiled wool is thick! Topstitching a dart means going through three layers of fabric – ?kind of a bumpy ride for my poor sewing machine. But I’ll work it out at the ironing board.
As soon as I touched my iron, set on ‘wool’, to the darts, I knew I was in trouble. The fabric singed and started to melt. What the..?? Wool doesn’t melt!
I guess it does if your phony wool isn’t really wool. Oops! But at least the stitching turned out great, right?
So, what happens when you make a coat for your pregnant daughter out of melted “wool” with ultra-thick darts that are bulky exactly where they’re supposed to be flattering and top stitching that looks, in some places, like the fabric was wadded up in a ball and sewn together by someone with severe hiccups?
Joanne says, “I ordered my kid a coat from Nordstrom. It’ll be here Monday.”
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