Thursday, July 5, 2012
McCalls 5525: Shauntung trench finished!
Finally done! If I wasn't so stubborn about finishing everything this would have become a wadder as it was such a frustrating project to finish! Its all my own fault, even though a fusible interfacing worked beautifully on the Violet trench because the shantung was so much thinner I think a sew-in interfacing would have saved me a lot of headaches! The interfacing has buckled a bit and tends to crease and you've got to be so careful ironing it. Plus the bound buttonholes and welt pockets just don't look as nice in the shantung, they've creased a bit on the edges so I probably would have been better off doing standard buttonholes and in seam pockets, but we live and learn I suppose.....
I think some form of weight in the hem would be good too, it puffs out at the back a lot more than my Violet trench.
I used satin cord inside of my piping for the first time too.....I don't recommend it, it hasn't got as much of a ridge for the zipper foot to go up against so its harder to get it sewn in evenly compared to using normal piping cord.
Somehow it ended up being a single breasted coat not a double breasted? I'm still not quite sure how I did it, just made it a bit too tight I think and so its a lot more comfortable as a single button up coat.
But at least its done! It's one more off my UFO list and I learnt a few lessons on fabric and interfacing choice!