Sunday, August 23, 2009


I made a muslin for the coat. I made few minor alterations - took in back seams a bit, and narrowed the sleeves. I tried the muslin with original collar and with the mandarin collar, but liked more the first one.




Wrinkles on the back are a bit exaggerated by the camera. However, I think I will loosen those seams a bit.

Ladies, I have another question for you. I was thinking of the coat construction and quilting the lining. I wanted to sew by machine all the front/back panels of the shell and lining, and then sew the shoulder seams, apply the collar, and then quilt the lining to the shell. This way I would have to sew the lining seams by hand only on the sides. Do you think it would work?


  1. I know it sounds like a great idea, but I don't think I'd try that. As you quilt the lining to the fashion fabric the lining shrinks. How much it shrinks, of course, kind of varies by stitch tension and length and the materials you're using. This is the same reason why you cut the batting and the back of a quilt bigger than the top & wait until after quilting to trim it and bind it.

  2. If instead of quilting the lining to the shell, you layer and quilt the fabrics first and then cut out your garment pieces, that would work. Be sure to line up the straight of grain and you'd need a nice seam finish as the seam allowances would be exposed. Otherwise, as Wendy said, stitching will shrink the lining and fashion fabrics differently and you could end up with a completely different look than you'd hoped for.

    - Myrna

  3. Makes sense! Thanks for your instant reply!

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  5. If you don't want exposed seams, just make sure you leave an unquilted border around the piece edges to you can sew your shell and lining pieces separately. Sew the shell seams by machine and then hand-stitch the lining closed. (I've not actually done this yet, but that's how Claire Shaeffer explains it in "Couture Sewing Techniques."