Pea Coat Sew-Along: Getting Started.

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Today sew-along post is quite straight forward (and short) where we will be just following the pattern steps directly.

Should I invite you to start with a new needle?

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Needles are cheap compared to the damage old ones can do to lovely fabric so If there is something you shouldn’t skimp is starting this project with a new one. From our last sew-along step we interfaced our coats. Now we will staystitch a key stress point following the diagram on the pattern instructions. Grab your pattern piece 1.

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Staystitching is used to prevent the neck edge from stretching.

Need help with the corner? With a measuring tape mark a dot 1/8″ from the edge of the fabric in the 45 degreed angle. That dot will be your pivot point.

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Sew a straight line till your marked dot and keep the needle down. Lift your presser feet and rotate the fabric.

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Now very carefully with a small scissors clip right at the 45 degrees angle. You don’t want to clip your stitching. If your fabric frays I suggest you use fray stop.

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Repeat on the sister piece.

Preparing the Tabs: Following step 17; pin right sides together making sure you match the front and back accordingly (pattern piece 7). You will have two pairs. Each pair will have the top interfaced.

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Sew the tabs leaving an opening where your markings are situated.Those markings will help you position the tabs at the back piece later.

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Pro tip: Instead of pivoting the corners sew straight till the end. Than start sewing again perpendicular making sure you are crossing the lines. It just strengthen the area.

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Trim & clip the corners.

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Turn your tabs carefully making sure you don’t pop any stitches when tidying the ends.

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Repeat.

Press.

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I’m using ready made bias so I don’t have photos of those steps for you. If you making it from the pattern just follow the instructions on step 11 & 12.

Step by Step on how to apply your bias binding on my next post together with the back construction.

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Well done: Steps 1,2, 11-12,16-18 were completed. Tune in next week when Meg will be sewing the front of the coat. I have finished sewing the front of mine with exception of topstitching which I will be doing this weekend. Sneak Peek #peacoatsewalong & #1467sewalong.

How is your coat progress going?

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