Friday, October 2, 2009

Sound the Siren for the Silver Trench!!!

I. Have. Finished!!! Woohoo! I have loved making this trench..... I want to make another one!!

It took me the best part of the day to do the finishing touches - belt loops, belt, stitch shoulder pads in, stitch belt loops on, put in lining - actually, not so much finishing touches as a good third of the project Lol! I hadn't really thought about just how long it would take me to finish.

I hadn't felt like sewing in the evenings this week and kept telling myself I would have most of Friday and that I didn't have that much left to do - after all, I had the main coat together and the collar made and ready to go, facings done and lining attached to much longer could it take?? Haha - I had a hair appointment booked for 10.30am, I spent the morning doing some housework and by the time I got back from the hairdressers it was almost lunchtime! In between washing and drying the mountain of washing that had built up during the (very wet!) week, I worked my way through. I finished at 9.30pm!! Phew. I have always been an optimist - but realise I should have done a little bit during the week! Still, it's done - and did I tell you, I love it??

Belt in progress.

Belt loops and belt finished....but I think the belt needs another row of topstitching.

Second row of topstitching on the belt - I realised when I did the second row that I had not used the topstitching thread for the first row! It isn't vastly different but the topstitching thread gives more definition. I used Gutermann Sulky 30 - mainly because we stock it in the shop Lol! Actually it is a great topstitching thread, not as heavy as Gutermann's actual topstitching thread and it has a great shine, it also comes in great colours.

Nearly there, stitching in shoulder pads.

Ta Daaaa!
Sorry for the creases - I have just finished hand stitching the lining, I will give it a final press later but wanted to post it before the weekend.
Early tomorrow morning - 7am - we are leaving for Wellington to see the World of Wearable Arts, I will wear my trench and get some photos.
Now.............whats next??
P.S. just wanted to add that I am hoping to get to Global Fabrics in Wellington this weekend - so I may have some eye candy to show you on Monday :-)


Fran said...

Very nice!

Kathryn, aka fzxdoc said...

What a wonderful coat! Remind us, which pattern did you use? You really did lovely stitching with it, Kilts.

Heather said...

Gorgeous coat!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Lovely coat - I can't wait to see the photos of you wearing it.

gwensews said...

You will be very chic in that darling trench! Wear it and flaunt it!

Sharon said...

Oh WOW,can't wait to see you wearing it and hope you had the best time in Wellington.

RuthieK said...

Such a great project. I love the great finishing, and the fact that it is an eminently practical garment and yet has the twist of being in that luscious silver. Inspired!

kbenco said...

Your trench is fabulous. The topstitching looks terrific.

Shannon said...

Your trench turned out wonderfully!

kiltsnquilts said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely compliments and comments. I did feel good in it - even though I think it is probably not as flattering as my RTW trench I own. Making it brought back a lot of techniques I haven't used for a long time and fired up my mojo too!

Kathryn, I used BWOF 11/08 pattern 134. I changed the high collar stand that they used and substituted it for a melon shaped one from another trench in another BWOF mag, it worked very well.

I am definitely going to make another trehch for next autumn/winter - I have some gorgeous purple sueded fabric which is shiny on the wrong side, it will become another trench next year for sure :-)