My coat for Gertie's sew-along is a Murphy's Law at every turn. The universe keeps telling me to stop, to put it down, to give up. But I am stubborn and determined to see it through to the end.
I couldn't quite decide if I wanted to attempt the coat or not, but then I saw this amazing creation that Katrina from Edelweiss Patterns Blog made using Gertie's pattern:
I searched all over for a suitable fabric. I think everyone knows of my Fabric.com debacle and the cancelled coat fabric order because they don't know how computers work (if not, read about it here). I headed over to Gorgeous Fabrics and ordered a purple wool and floral lining. I received the purple wool but the wrong lining.
Fabric #3 is a solid red wool from my local JoAnn's. My lining is a red floral that I adore.
I made two muslins, one which was too small and one which was too big (which also took two patterns...and a little more money). Was trying to be Goldilocks that difficult? I set it all aside out of frustration (and a little fear of cutting my red fabric...I just couldn't bear to buy more!).
In the meantime I managed to lose a smidgen of weight and the first muslin fit. Or maybe I was just stretching it really, really hard to fit. Gertie warned that it would take about 2 hours to cut out my main fabric. It only took me two weeks! Phoebe liked to help when she could...
I finally, after two months of preparation, did some actual sewing today. I followed Gertie's blog posts and videos as I went and successfully managed to make the bodice! Only I put it all together backwards. The next few hours were spent pulling out multiple seams and sewing them all back in again (correctly this time). I had wanted to get my skirt done today also, but because I did such a great job screwing it up, I figured I better stop while I was ahead. Here is what I have so far...
And if Phoebe doesn't stop helping me? I'm giving her away....this mess is courtesy of her:
Like how I worked a pin cushion into the shot?
Because I have over booked myself all week this week, I won't get the chance to work on my coat. This week could induce a mental breakdown. But I'll just keep reminding myself that I will have a nice cozy coat created in time for Spring!