The parcity of posts lately might lead anyone to suppose I’d pricked my finger on a microtex and fallen asleep for a hundred years. Actually, I’ve been a busy bee, but my camera suffered an operator error or two.
Before this London trip , I was here and made a coat. Really, I did, though the photos were way too fuzzy, and can’t be retaken yet.
It started well – that is, it provided the right excuse to pay a visit to a new to me fabric shop.
You find it off Brick Lane, by the way. Turn down Quaker St. Its open on Sundays, which so happened to be my first day in London that trip. Too serendipidous. Brick Lane maybe off the tourist itinery if its a first London visit, but on Sundays is good for pleasant stroll past stalls selling multi cultural hot food, others selling vintage bits and bobs, and checking out the ever changing street art in (amongst others) Hanbury St, which crosses it. You’ll come across one of the most comprehensive art materials stores a short way down this street, and that too is open on Sundays.
I found a nice navy wool and burgundy lining, valiantly resisting all other covetable wools and wool/silk blends.
Looking for a velvet for the collar took me later to the Sewing andCraft superstore in Balham, which didn’t have the right one, but was good for lots of irrational haberdashery stash building and a couple of pieces of leather. They had a great selection of large black buttons, but not navy.
So that’s it, coat is sewn. Pictures will follow sometime, and with it a quick perusal of the methods of binding buttonholes.
Meanwhile, on the method melée topic, which direction do you press your darts? I was taught waist darts pressed to the centre, bust dart upwards. You read that right. The rationale is that its the outside of the garment which counts, and having waist darts pressed to the centre gives a visual impression of a narrower panel – inch reduction again. The bust dart going upwards because it is seen from above, so on the outside, the fabric stand slightly proud, and reduces the chance of being aware of the stitched line of the dart cutting across the bodice. What’s your preference?