Wednesday, June 9, 2010



Thank you all for your lovely comments, you are too kind (except you, Miss Smith, you are too funny). When I saw how the coat looked in the photos I knew I really had a pressing issue with the puckers. When I solicited help from the PR board, I loved Em Summer's response - "unpick it and redo it, I wouldn't wear it out like that." It was exactly what I was thinking too. I certainly didn't want to enter it into a competition under my name, even one I was counting on losing.

Thank goodness for the wonder of a google search then, when I found the cure was simply a thickly tufted towel away. You can steam press velveteen on a towel, whose tufting protects the fibres from being flattened by the iron. I then covered my pressing ham with a thick tea towel, likewise the sleeve board and voila, the worst of the puckering has been dealt too. For a really good finish, I should have nicked the seam allowances every three inches to allow the fabric to lie completely flat. But I do not have time to resew a coat.

I have 10 weeks and nine garments.

Doesn't the back look so much better? (I forgot to do up the button again, it's there under the flap)



Now you can see the flowers on the button better:



Ok I'll put my name to this:



Crack! Crack ! The sound of the whip telling me to move onto the next project,

Pattern: Simplicity 2508

12 comments:

  1. I'm always amazed at what a good iron and a little pressing will do to completely change the looks of a garment. Your coat has gone from nice to fabulous!

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  2. Ahhh the wonders of google. How badly would we all be dressed without google?

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  3. I must not be a person who is attentive to details. I never noticed a problem with the coat in the first post! I had to toggle up and down to compare photos and figure out what you had done. Seeing the photos side by side and having you point it out, I can see that the coat is better for having been pressed. Thanks for sharing the technique with us.

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  4. The pressing has worked wonders - how did we survive before the wonders of the interweb!

    Get to it girly - 9 items to go! (I have to say that, as you were the anti-contest person a while ago!)

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  5. Great coat - I await the rest of the FLIRT with much anticipation! My first sewing teacher in school used to say "if you can't press it out, throw it out!"

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  6. those are fantastic buttons! :-) your coat looks awesome- very stylish & very nicely made.

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  7. I know you will enjoy wearing this daily this winter! Something tells me that you will finish your 9 remaining garments in less than 5 weeks, if you don't stop to blog them. ;)

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  8. you are a brave brave woman!

    i am amazed when ironing makes my wonky hems look beautiful!

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  9. The one item that many a seamstress seems to ignore. The lowly but vitally important IRON! I am so glad you worked this out on you "own". This is a beautiful coat and I can't wait to see the other nine pieces you're doing. I'll get started on my SWAP one of these days. LOL.
    Angela

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  10. Fabulous coat. I love the lining, the buttons and the tabs. I think it is a terrific item for your SWAP- it will go with everything because it will cover most of any outfit. Very clever.

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