Back to the Celtic Braid Coat:
The “wings” of the cape are 33 inches wide, which is a problem if you only have 22.5″ fabric. Â The solution, of course, is to join the panels. Â The problem with that solution, of course, is that this particular fabric has very prominent stripes, meaning if you’re just a little off, it will be obvious from a mile off.
So yesterday night, in a fit of insomnia, I top-basted two panels together, then basted the seam, then machine-stitched and pressed the seam, using a clapper to flatten the seam as much as possible.
I am pleased with the results:
The vertical pin shows the seam. Â Except for a not-terribly-obviously squiggle near the center of the photo, it’s essentially invisible. Â I’m going to go back and do some more examination/analysis of the seamline to see if there’s a more accurate way of basting, so I can eliminate the squiggle as well. Â But I may be stuck re-stitching portions of the seamline as I go.
And the rest of my leather-sewing tools and materials have arrived, meaning I have no more excuses not to work on it. Â Since I have six weeks left to sew it, definitely time to get cracking!
In my copious free time, I am also studying up on Adobe Illustrator. Â I want to use it for my fashion sketches. Â I have a Wacom tablet (which can be used for drawing) which I can use for the preliminary sketches, then clean them up for more detailed simulations. Â The advantage of Illustrator over pen and pencil is that mistakes can be un-done! and I can construct much more detailed fashion drawings than I could with more physical materials. Â I am far better with a computer than with colored pencils! Â I’ll post the results of my experimentation here, of course.
I have also decided to start draping muslins for some of the more interesting designs, just to see if they’ll work. Â I am under no delusions that I can create an insta-pattern from the muslins (I haven’t refined my technical skills that far yet), but it will be fun and challenging, and I’ll learn a lot even if I don’t get the exact results I’m after.
But first, back to work on the coat!