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What you need to get started
Time to sew
Hot Tip - If you are using wool make sure you iron/steam before cutting it out. This will help with any shrinkage or warping of the fabric.
STEP 1. With right sides together, pin the front pocket bags to the coat front pieces making sure you match the notches.
STEP 2. Stitch along the seam allowance line to secure the pocket bag to the coat front.
Reinforcing the Front Shoulder and Collar on Front Coat Piece
STEP 1. Stitching just inside the seam allowance line and starting 2cm / 1inch from the corner, stitch into the corner, leave the needle in, lift the foot, turn and continue stitching for a further 2cm / 1 inch.
STEP 2. Using sharp scissors clip into this corner. This enables you to open out the seam allowance and sew the collar to the centre back neck and retain a sharp corner at the shoulder & neck edge point.
STEP 1. With wrong sides together, stitch the centre back of the collar together on the seam allowance line.
STEP 2. Trim one side of the seam allowance back to 0.5cm/ 0.25 inch.
STEP 3. Fold the untrimmed seam allowance over the top of the trimmed seam allowance, pin into position and stitch. This is known as a flat seam and is very useful for hiding seam allowances.
STEP 4. With right sides together, pin the collar and shoulders of the front onto the neck and shoulders of the back. Make sure you match your centre back neck with the flat seam of your collar. Stitch them together making sure you open out the reinforced corner. This way you can get right onto the shoulder & neck edge corner of the back piece.
STEP 5. Neaten this seam by using a zig-zag stitch or an overlocker.
The Side Seams and Pocket Bag
STEP 1. Neaten each seam where you have sewn the pocket bags to the coat fronts.
STEP 2. With right sides together pin the side seams together, including the pocket bags.
STEP 3. Stitch the side seams making sure you leave the needle in and lift the foot at the beginning and end of the pocket bag.
STEP 4. Neaten the seam by using a zig-zag stitch or an overlocker.
The Hem and Armhole Edges
STEP 1. Using a tape measure for accuracy fold up the hem and armhole edges by 1cm / 0.5 inch. Pin if necessary. Fold this edge in once more to cover the raw edge. Pin to hold in place.
STEP 2. Stitch on the edge to complete the outside edges of your coat.
STEP 3. Press your garment.
YOU HAVE FINISHED!
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