Pattern: McCall's 5525
Fabric: Stripe poly suiting from Birmingham meat market (no joke)
Oh my. I hardly know where to begin! I feel like I've been working on this trench coat for years. However, as I only bought the fabric on our trip to Birmingham at the end of May, sense dictates it can only have been with me for two months. Still, that's a long time for a girl who usually likes to whip up a dress in not much more than a weekend. I confess I haven't been working on it constantly - there was a big gap in the middle where I realised it's a super-warm garment and therefore some summer dresses would be more useful in the recent heatwave.
I totally failed in my original plan to make a smart, mid-season jacket. Just something to throw on at the end of a night, or on those days when the sun doesn't shine so brightly. I really struggled to find fabric, wanting something patterned instead of plain old twill. I eventually found this poly suiting in the meat market and liked the pattern, so grabbed it. It's very, very warm so this will, in fact, be a winter coat now. I'm very glad I got patterned fabric as it hides a multitude of sins, of which there are many.
|My hair hasn't just gone mental - it was windy|
There was nothing difficult about this pattern. It was well-written and easy to follow, but the number of bits n bobs involved made it take a long time. There are pockets and back yokes, epaulettes and sleeve bands, not to mention a ton of buttons - 13 in total!
|Epaulette and back yoke buttons|
The lining is probably the part I found most taxing. To start with, I cut the pieces the wrong way round so they didn't fit with the main jacket. I didn't discover that until I'd sewn it all in, though. Waaaaah! So out it came, and luckily I had enough spare to re-cut the back pieces. I then sewed it by hand to the bottom edge but obviously did it too tightly as it was pulling up on the main fabric. So I unpicked and tried again. It was getting a bit soul-destroying by this point, but I think it's just about ok now!
All that aside, I loooove this lining. It's just a polyester, but it's patterned! I don't know if anyone else out there has a good stockist of patterned linings but they seem to be like gold dust for me. I didn't care that it had no relation to my outer fabric, I think it's a real treat when you open up the mac. So, in true mac fashion, I'll be flashing people left, right and centre. The lining, that is.