Quick Catch-Up

Still plugging away at the Goldstream Peacoat. It’s been a big job! Bigger than I expected going in anyway. I’ve ended up hand-sewing a whole lot more than I originally planned both because I have more control over the stitches and because it got pretty darned hard to get this beast under the presser foot! I ended up having to move a bunch of stuff off my sewing table because it all kept ending up on the floor as I wrestled the coat around on the sewing machine. I have to say that Janny the Janome held up very well to this thick fabric plus layers of interfacing. As long as I could get the thing under the presser foot it would sew through it. I only ran into an issue (bobbin thread nests) as I was doing the topstitching on the fronts and around the collar. Probably because I was turning the whole coat around with the needle down. Not perfect but done.

Here’s a couple of teaser photos so you can see the lining. Debbie Double is wearing the coat inside out!

Coat lining with inside pocket
Back facing with my label

Lots of critters in them thar woods, eh? I edged the lining with flat piping made from the sleeve lining fabric and I think it looks pretty neat. Now I’m sewing the sleeve linings which are the last pieces to assemble and sew in. By hand. Of course. All that’s left after that are the buttonholes and 3 buttons. Also by hand. Of course. It’s still going to take a few more days before this thing is completed. I’m kind of ready for it to be finished now.

One other thing I did was to begin a new pair of socks to try out my wee ChiaoGoo Shorties. They work quite well for me, at least on this simple basic sock. I used some DBG Confetti yarn that I totally love because it wears really well but is now discontinued. Boo-hoo. Self-striping socks are so old-fashioned now, aren’t they? I still like them though. What I don’t like is the stitch marker! The thickness leaves a bit of a ladder in the knitting which you might be able to just detect there above the pink marker. Changing it out for a thinner one now. Besides pink is my least favourite colour.

Self-striping socks on a 2mm tiny circular


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2 thoughts on “Quick Catch-Up”

  1. Gawd, I can see you wrestling with that monster coat – like bringing in a Tuna!! I suspect they were sewn with old industrial machines that don’t have pressure feet. Had to giggle at the ‘manly’ lining too!!! I miss old Confetti. It was my favorite yarn but Kroy isn’t too bad. So you’re enjoying your tiny needles?? My friend Karen loves them & kind of knits ‘inside’ her palm with them. She got my shorties – you should see us knit – she’s using tiny needles with short tips & I’m flashing my 10″ bamboo DPs.

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    1. I love that, bringing in a tuna! Yup. Just like that! Actually suits and coats were pretty much made all by hand and the best tailoring still is done that way. Ready-to-wear uses industrial machines though.

      And yes, the Shorties are fine! I do think I still like my 6” Knitters Pride Cubics best however. Kroy is good though not too exciting colours. I like to find white or light grey so I can dye it but that doesn’t happen often.

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