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starting on the trench coat – pondering fabric choices

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    EllenMCM @EllenMCM

    I went with organic purple twill with red binding on the seams. I’ve finished putting together the pieces. Now I need to hem, buttonhole, and attach buttons and belt loops. I’m nervous about the button holes. There will be a practice placket in my future.

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    Jennifer1568 @Jennifer1568

    Will you post a photo when you have it finished? It sounds cute.

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    Mel @Mel

    I’ve been promising my daughter this jacket since the fall. I took her fabric shopping with me today and the only fabric we could find that was the right colour and weight was a heavy ponte de roma. (It’s crazy that I couldn’t find anything else because she wants beige so she can pretend to be a detective. We even went to two stores.)

    If she hadn’t been with me, I don’t think I would have bought the ponte de roma but I did and now I’m wondering if it will work. Has anyone made this in a knit? It doesn’t have a tonne of stretch but it does have some. I don’t want to put in the time I know this will take if the fabric isn’t going to be suitable!

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    Robin @Robin

    Ponte de roma is pretty stable. I noticed that Gap and Old Navy are making a lot of blazers out of heavier knit. I hadn’t thought about it, but I bet it would be a comfy, cozy jacket.

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    Nicole @motherof5

    If you interface well and perhaps use a thin strip(of interfacing) on the seams(especially the shoulder seams)it would have a lovely drape.

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    Mel @Mel

    thanks for the help, I’m going to go for it. I’m sure it will be comfy and as an added bonus, it wont wrinkle! Maybe next time I can convince her to agree to a patterned twill — I could’ve bought lots of that today :).

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    the non ironing sounds like reason enough to go ahead. I made my beige spy coat (and matching hat) out of a cotton/poly/nylon blend that was dirt cheap but gosh it wrinkles.

    We had a lot of fun with the coat and hat and P still wants his magnifying glass whenever he wears the coat…

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/79480359@N03/7934810762/in/photostream

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    Mel @Mel

    oh that’s too cute! I’m going to have to make her a hat, too. She wants a detective/spy theme for her birthday party (in June, she plans ahead!), magnifying glasses would be good for the loot bags.

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    Sarvi @Sarvi

    What is ponte de Roma?

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    Mel @Mel

    Sorry Sarvi, missed this — it’s a heavy knit that doesn’t have too much stretch.

    I’ve finished the coat and it looks okay, not a crisp as i would like because the fabric doesn’t hold a crease but not too bad. It was actually suprisingly easy to work with.

    My problem now is the button holes. I’m using a size 14 ball point needle and my automatic buttonhole foot/setting but the fabric is not feeding through. I don’t know if my poor old bottom-of-the-line Kenmore just doesn’t have the oomph to go through two layers of fabric + interfacing or if I’m doing something wrong. Any suggestions??

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    with love Heidi @with love Heidi

    Maybe make manual button holes? or even use snaps inside with the buttons sew on the outer layer? It seems that some automatic buttonhole feet dislike thick fabric and/or seams.

    good luck.

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    meleliza @meleliza

    Ah yes, the automatic buttonhole foot. Seemed like such an amazing feature! But I think it has cost me more swearing than happiness. Mine doesnt work on thicker fabrics either. I have to make the buttonholes manually. Practic on scraps, write down all your settings and mark carefully. I would also use a square of fusible behind each hole.

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