(I often delegate supervising movies to the older girls, they know my views on what I deem suitable and act accordingly)
Lidia loved the outfit Felicie is wearing.
A waistcoat over a tee, denim shorts over legging and lace up boots.
She asked if we could recreate it.
Although there were other waistcoats that were a better match, Liddy preferred this one with the lovely collar.
The fabric is the Herringbone wool I purchased off of eBay a few years back.
I picked up a roll, for under $20 including postage.
The same cloth I used for...
this sports coat
another pair of dungarees
And another pair of dungarees.
I used a copper coloured stretch satin for the lining, I prefer apparel satin for lining as it wears better and give more structure to the garment.
Rather than trim my lining and sew my facing to the edges I turned the facings and top stitched them in place.
Lekala don't give you separate lining pieces but rather, instruct you how to trim your main pattern back.
I also chose to under-stitch my seams to prevent rolling.
I went in through the side seam opening (left to facilitate bagging) and under stitched the arm holes, by hand, with a running stitch.
There were no ties on the diagram but they appeared when I printed the pattern and were mentioned in the instructions, the magic of Lekala.
The fit was spot on!
To give a bit more structure, I interfaced every piece, lining and main, with sheer weft interfacing (except for one side of the collar).
The buttons are leather knotted ones, the pocket is a faux welt.
I am glad I used the ties, it allows her to cinch it in.
I really like Lekala for fitting free sewing. Liddy is very slim but has broad shoulders and is taller than Jed. Sewing for her with basic patterns requires a muslin and a lot of tweaking.
This was not an easy sew, it was time consuming with all the prepping of interfacing and stay stitching.
I did bag the lining, except for the arm holes. These I did by going back in through the side seam opening and slowly pinning and sewing the seam in small increments. It was incredibly fiddly but left only a tiny gap to be hand sewn.
That said, I really enjoyed it. I do love sewing coats and the like. The fact that they last a long time and hand on well, is a bonus.
Next, the shorts!
Thank you for reading xxx N