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The other week, I had a clear out of my sewing patterns.

Early on in my sewing journey, I was one of those people who was inwardly horrified to see the massive pattern stashes that some sewists have. Like, ‘why do you even NEED all of those patterns?’ I would think. But, erm, yeah I seem to be one of those very same people now 💁‍♀️ I have three smallish plastic crates that are packed full of patterns. I haven’t counted, but I’ll take a stab at about 60 patterns. I then started wondering why I had so many… some I’ve used more than once, so they’ve legitimately earned their place, some I may or may not use again but I’ll keep them just in case I want to swipe the bodice/skirt/sleeve off them one day for some sort of pattern-hacking-emergency that may crop up. And some are out of print and can’t be replaced. You just KNOW that the second I get rid of one of those I’ll want it again.

I parted with about 10-15 patterns during this clear out. I was brutally honest about what I would make again, and what was so horrific that I definitely would NOT make again. There were also a few of those ‘what was I thinking’ patterns which I’ve never made (possibly not even had out of the packet) that I look at now and vomit a little. I also had a couple of patterns that I made when I first started sewing which I’d cut – not traced – in a size that was WAY too optimistic for the amount of flubber I carry in reality. So they went too.

After that little spring clean, I went and bought more patterns to fill the hole. Obvs. Some of them I am really excited about, so I wanted to share them with you guys. A little behind-the-sewing-scenes action, if you will.

So what have I been buying? Well, quite a lot actually 🙈🙈🙈

DP Studio Le 809 coat

Yes, I’m thinking about next winter’s sewing ALREADY. I can’t help it. I’m an Autumn child at heart and always will be. Cosy sweaters, coats and thick socks will always be my preferred uniform, wools will always steal my heart over flowy rayons.

I saw Shauni’s version of this coat by DP Studio and LITERALLY FELL IN LOVE. I am always cold, ALWAYS, and the idea of a coat that has a gilet inside that I can fasten up to my chin when it’s properly cold is immensely appealing. DP studio are a new-to-me brand, but I love their edgy designs. They’ve just released a new collection, so go check ’em out.

For the coat I have bought a wool/cashmere leopard print fabric from Stone Fabrics. I think for the lining I’m going to have to go plain black – so that I don’t take the attention away from the awesome animal print – but from what I understand from Shauni’s blog post, it’s only a half lining. I think I might extend it to be a full lining, because if you’re making a coat to keep you super warm, surely it’s cold enough for a full lining?! Don’t quite understand the logic here. It’s like short sleeve sweaters – if it’s cold enough to wear it, it’s cold enough for full sleeves. Anyhoo I’m planning to make this coat for my trip to NYC in October so that I can get some awesome photos of it against a chic brownstone backdrop.

Usually I’m firmly in the ‘tracing’ camp when it comes to sewing patterns, but I genuinely don’t know whether I’ve got it in me to trace this lot… 😱

I’m going to make an educated prediction and say I’ll be cutting this one. So it had BETTER fit first time.

Tailoring – The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket

As I’ve been making a fair few coats and jackets lately, I wanted to try to take them to the next level with a bit of proper hand tailoring.  Previously I’d only been following the instructions that came with the sewing pattern, and you know that most of the time those instructions can be pretty vague and you have to add your own experience to them – whether that’s French seams, or different methods for attaching linings etc.

I mainly bought this book on the advice of SewManju who said that their method of welt pockets in the book is MUCH easier than the method described in the Vogue mens jacket V8940 which I’ve struggled with the couple of times I’ve done it. For the next iteration of that coat (I have a dark green and black herringbone cashmere lined up) I want to improve on the ones I’ve made before, so I’m hoping that this book will help me. I don’t usually buy sewing manuals/reference books, but this one does look quite thorough and useful.

I recently had a delivery of some wool and hair canvas to use as interfacing on said jackets, as this is recommended (by the people who know their shiz on jacket-making) over regular interfacing. Up until now I’ve been using Vilene medium sew-in interfacing on all my jackets, so it’ll be interesting to see how the hair canvas changes things up a bit.

Modes & Travaux / DP studio magazine

After stumbling across DP studio patterns, I then saw this magazine doing the rounds on Instagram. So there’s one little blip in the fact that it’s in French, but whatevs, I’ll just follow the pictures. Or painstakingly type up the instructions into Google translate.

I really like the button up skirt, and that’s pretty much the only reason why I bought this magazine to be honest. I don’t tend to buy UK sewing magazines (they’re just not as trendy, amirite?) so I figured this justified buying a whole magazine for a single pattern. Haven’t yet decided on fabric for this one… but I’m heading towards heavier fabrics like wool, jacquards and denim. Whatever I choose needs to have a bit of strength to it so that those buttonholes at the top don’t just rip out under the strain of me sitting down.

All the patterns are printed full size on tissue paper in the back of the magazine, I haven’t yet dared take the tissue out to assess the level of chaos – hopefully they won’t be as bad as the notorious Burda magazine patterns…

La Maison Victor Mens Edition

If you sew men’s clothes, you know how hard it is to find good, modern patterns for men. I’m not gonna get started on the crazy ratio of women’s patterns to mens, despite the fact that there’s a fair few men occupying the planet alongside us ladies and those men need clothes equally as much as women 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️ So when La Maison Victor released their mens edition, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. There’s one tiny insignificant detail in the fact that it’s written entirely in french, (AGAIN with the french magazines – I need to brush up on my Francais, pronto). It wasn’t available in the UK so I had to source from France, but I successfully managed to blag my way through checkout in French on the Journaux website and it arrived fairly quickly, along with my DP studio mag. I’ve bookmarked this site so that I can go back to it every so often to buy yet more patterns that I don’t have time to sew 🤣

1970’s Vogue Paris Molyneux Coat

This pattern is *almost* the exact same style as my current RTW coat which I’m trying to copy in the cashmere that I picked up from Paris recently. All that’s missing is a hidden placket and some yoke/shoulder details, but other than that it’s pretty damn close – the closest pattern I’ve seen, anyway. I would usually buy a size 10/Bust 32 for a coat, but it specifically says on the pattern ‘sized to be worn over the dress only’ which I’m guessing means that it’s a little on the small side. As luck would have it, I could only find a copy of the pattern in a size 12, so I snatched it up in the hope that it will sort-of-roughly-equate to a size 10 once sewn up. Obvs I’m not going to go steaming in with the cashmere so I’ll be making a practice run first – with boiled wool, most likely.

Butterick 5895 Mary Quant Skirt

I really loved the retro vibes of this skirt when I stumbled across the pattern on Etsy. Of course, with vintage patterns you’ve got to be bloody lucky to not only *find* a copy of the pattern, but also FIND IT IN YOUR SIZE – the shirt pattern is way too big for my bust but it’s only the skirt I’m interested in, and as the pattern is single-sized I had to go large to get something that would fit my hips/waist.

I’m still trying to find my way with skirt patterns, and so far during my sewing journey I’ve established that:

1. It needs to be high-waisted, so that the top of the skirt hits at my actual waist

2. It needs to have a defined waistband

3. It cannot be knee-length unless I want to look 20 years older. Above the knee is fine. mid-calf also seems to be cool. Knee length? Nuh-uh. Danger Zone.

I tend to prefer jeans to skirts, but the annoying thing is that skirts are much easier to wear for me because of my crazy waist-hip-thigh ratio – finding jeans that fit me is a ritual that requires ancient stones, a book of spells and the blood of a pure heart. American Eagle is literally the only brand of jeans that I can wear – and it has to be their sky-high-waist range. you can imagine how thrilled I was when they closed down all their UK stores, now I have to order from the US and wait ages for delivery and also pay the wonderful UK import taxes. (The first pair of Ginger’s WILL happen this year, I promise. I have the fabric and everything now.)

But anyway. Skirts. The Republique Du Chiffon Charlotte Skirt, and also the Madeline skirt from Victory patterns are ones that have made it into my ‘keepers’ pile. With the Madeline, I am tempted to try a slightly thicker waistband, to avoid my fat rolls crumpling it up into oblivion when I sit down, but other than that I love it. I really must make another one soon.

I currently own a grand total of one long skirt. I’m planning on making this Mary Quant number from black denim and having it as another option for the colder months of the year. Which is basically every month except July and August here in the UK. I’m not sure how I feel about the styling on this photo – why would you wear this over a dress? Was this the thing back in the day? #confuzed

Vogue / Christian Dior V1734 Coat

This may or may not be one of those designs that looks better on the model on the pattern envelope than on me. But I liked it, and in the interest of Trying New Things I thought I’d give it a shot (can you tell I went on a bit of a vintage Vogue spree? Lolz). It will take like 400 metres of fabric to make it (probably), but I’m really digging the styling of it with the hat and the knee-high boots. I’m totally going to copy this.

This pattern even came totally uncut – it’s endured all these years and no one has ever sewn it. I feel like I *have* to make it at least once in order for it to fulfil its destiny.

** I think I may have a serious addiction to making coats, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I just can’t stop myself #halp **

Vogue / Jean Muir V2664

OK so ignore the sleeves on this one, because cray-ZEE, but instead focus your eyes on the bodice. That’s the reason I bought this pattern.  I’m thinking that I’ll make a sleeveless summer dress, maybe a boho maxi length one and also a just-above-knee-length one, using this bodice. I’m not sure that I like the gored skirt, might have to replace that with a circle or gathered skirt for the knee-length version.

Summer dresses for me have to be bra-friendly, teeny tiny spaghetti straps I can *just about* cope with but halternecks and my boobs just ain’t gonna fly. Strapless bras are the invention of the devil, don’t even go there. Since sewing my first Watson bra a year ago, I’ve literally not worn an underwired bra since 🙌🏻

But anyhoo, this bodice is bra-friendly so we’re all good. I love the yoke on this, and the 70’s hippy vibe going on. Also this one came with the original clothes label in the envelope!

Arenite Pants – Sew Liberated

I actually have a pair of American Eagle trousers that are very similar to this, which I love, and are probably what drew me to this pattern. I really love Sew Liberated’s atsy, bohemian style – sadly a few of the patterns aren’t going to work with my body shape, so I’ll just admire them on her instead. I used to be into all the boho clothes when I was younger, and I sort of feel like I’m coming full circle and heading back in that direction again. I can picture the Arenite’s paired with a vest top, comfy shoes, a headscarf on my head and my travellers backpack (and the sun) on my back as I wander through Cambodia or Thailand. Ahh… amazing. A total contrast to my daily view of a grimy part of London as my train rolls in to the city for another day of work #LovingLife

I’ll be making these in a viscose fabric, the patterned fabrics call out to me (as always) but I think I will opt for a solid colour – for the first pair, at least.

Ready To Sew Jim

BRACES. That is all. (or ‘suspenders’ if you live over the pond. Suspenders in England means ‘stockings’ 🤷‍♀️ 😖)

The shorts aren’t really my thing, but I’ll definitely make the skirt and trousers version of this pattern. I’m trying to embrace my shape and sew things that will fit it properly (ie, my ginormous hips), and the Jim pattern from Ready to Sew looks like it’s a good contender. I’m picturing the skirt over a t-shirt, with brogues, Geek Chic Style. I have black denim ready to go for this, and if it’s a success I might make a couple from corduroy. It could well be another wardrobe staple for me. I loved this pattern so much that I bought it even though it was a pdf, and didn’t even whinge once while I sat there cutting and sticking 400 pages slowly losing my life force. Now that’s true love.

Vogue 7333 Dress

When I lived in Asia, light and floaty dresses were the uniform. Anything else and you just sweated. Boho vibes just somehow ‘work’ when it’s hot, sunny, you’ve got a coconut water in your hand and you’ve got a tan. I look back at pictures of me when I lived there and just can’t believe how tanned I was. When you’re white and pasty and enduring the season that passes for ‘summer’ in England, somehow it’s just harder to pull that look off. I very clearly remember a dress that I bought in Thailand, which I really loved, and this forms the basis of all my inspiration for summer dresses. It’s like the dress of all dresses. I’m not sure I even have a picture of it 🤔

There’s just something SO easy about pulling a loose-fitting dress over your head, tying a belt round your middle and going about your day. I’ve made a couple of the Seamwork Catarinas, and have another one in the works, but I was looking for something different. For a change. This dress caught my eye – I really like the neckline. I’ll be making a matching belt to wear with it, because let’s be real – Version A looks like a nightdress.

Retro Butterick B6318

I am really into the whole tie waist thing ATM (as if you hadn’t guessed, with the rate I’m churning Kielo’s out). Its like achieving a perfectly fitting waistband without actually having to perfectly fit it. I liked this pattern when I first saw it a while back, but then forgot about it – it wasn’t until I was cutting out a Kielo dress that I remembered it, and snaffled a copy off eBay for £4. Getting a nice fit at the waist when standing can sometimes feel a bit too restrictive when sitting down (because flab) and to be totally honest I worry that the side zip is gonna pop on dresses like that. With a belt, I can slack off a little with the fit at the waist and use the tie belt to pull it all in (stomach AND fabric, lol). I’m really embracing tie belts a lot more now as a means of defining my waist, something that I’ve not really done before.

So… you’ve reached the end. Yep, my name’s Sarah and I’m a sewing pattern addict 🤪

I’m not kidding myself that I’ll be able to get all of these sewn this year. If I can get half done, even that will be a massive achievement, but in reality I’m aiming for like two or three. Because full-time work gets in the way of my sewing time 😠 Top of the list are the DP studio coat, the Jim braces skirt and the Mary Quant skirt, so if I can get those done I’ll be a happy bunny. The husband has spent the afternoon browsing fabrics and sewing patterns, and has bought himself a remnant of Versace jersey (yep, he has expensive tastes) to make himself a Mimi G/Norris D t-shirt . He also bought some fabric to make me a top with – so with two of us sewing regularly, I predict that the pattern and fabric stash will be out of control in approximately… two weeks time. If that. (After he bought his fabric, I then saw that some printed silk fabric I’d had in my cart for literally MONTHS had been reduced by about 60% so of course I bought that too 🤑).

So… which is your favourite from my little pattern haul? Have you sewn any of these designs? Do you ever clear out your patterns, or just hoard them all until the end of time??! Lemme know!

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23 Comments

  1. April 22, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Wow you got some nice things lined up there! Word of advice before using La Maison Victor: check and measure all the pattern pieces! I see so many people raving about their patterns and I just don’t get it, every time I’ve had to make one for the shop I work at the sizing was all over the place and there were mistakes in the pattern or the instructions, or even both 🙁

    If you’re looking for more men’s patterns you might want to give freesewing.org a try. The guy who makes it is a friend of mine so I might be biased, but his system (enter your measurements and get a custom pattern) really works, I’ve only tried it for myself but his hoodie pattern is a TNT for me.

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 23, 2018 / 6:50 am

      Oh no it sounds like LMV is going to give me grief then!! I don’t think I’d know whether there’s an error in the instructions because they’re all in French… I was just going to try and blag it and follow the pictures 😀 I do like a lot of the designs they feature in their magazines, and although I own a couple of issues I haven’t actually made anything yet, so thanks for the heads up!
      Ooh I have had a brief look at freesewing in the past, they had a really cool Sherlock Holmes style coat which I really liked and mentally added to the sewing queue at the time. I’ll go back for a more thorough look at the site! 🙂

  2. April 22, 2018 / 8:28 am

    For many years I had a truly HUGE pattern stash, because I was gifted shedloads of original 50s 60s styles [this would have been in about 1980] I made very few of them up, and eventually my teenage daughter made me throw them all out [they were crumbling away so fair enough!]
    Of course since then, I’ve seen several of them, and several patterns I made through the 70s 80s and 90s, pop up as ‘vintage’. Oh boy do I feel old. None of these, as it happens, but I love the old pattern drawing style so much more than photographs!
    Watch the sizing- I assume you know this, but the standard sizes were very much smaller back then, less forgiving of a thicker waist [talking about me, not you!] 32″ bust? Really? The upper body size on older stuff may make that WAY too tight. Trust your toiles lol.
    The skirt-over-dress wasn’t a ting as far as I recall, but would have been a very sensible way to keep the blouse tucked AND provide a built in slip to prevent knicker flash. They had quite a hard sell convincing women converted to minis for years to switch down to midis…as a teenager myself, we spent a lot of effort getting my mum to stop looking ‘old fashioned’ in her cute minis lol

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 23, 2018 / 6:58 am

      I think it’s acceptable to have such a huge stash if you were gifted most of them 🙂 Buy yeah I think if they are starting to crumble then it’s time for them to go! I really should think about proper storage of mine, not so much for the newer ones printed on sturdier paper, but a few of the older, rarer vintage Vogue ones. I’d cry if I finally got round to sewing one and it’d crumbled into oblivion before I’d got to use it 🙁
      Haha I’m starting to feel my age now with some things, like when I hear ‘new’ songs on the radio which are actually covers but the kids these days aren’t old enough to remember the original 😀 😀
      I noticed that the waist measurements on vintage patterns are TINY! If I picked my bust measurement, the waist was many inches smaller on the vintage pattern than the corresponding waist measurement on modern patterns. The coat that’s on the blog next week is a vintage Simplicity number, bust 32, and the fit is good – however I rely on a lot of built in ease as I don’t actually measure that. I always find too much ease in the big four patterns, I’m sure I’ll get caught out one day though.
      Ah yes I guess I see the logic in the dress/skirt thing then… maybe I’ll give it a go and see if I can bring it back haha 🙂

  3. Brenda Holmes
    April 22, 2018 / 9:23 am

    I don’t have a huge pattern stash, as although I sewed almost all my clothes and those for my children, once they’d grown up a bit, became fussy, and it was cheaper to buy RTW I didn’t sew for years. I’ve recently caught the bug again and have bought several PDFs that I send to a printing company. It’s so worth it! I tried printing and sticking at home, but almost lost the will to live – especially that I have five cats and they wanted to ‘help’. Sellotape is quite tricky to remove from cat fur without causing pain. I’ve made leggings but not tried trousers or jeans yet. I will though. Can’t wait to see your Gingers.

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 23, 2018 / 7:02 am

      Ahhhh bless I’m sure your cats think they are helping you out (either that or they want to look like they are enjoying the ‘playground’ you just built for them haha!)
      I’m with you on sticking PDFs – I bloody hate it! Which printing company do you use? I tried a couple but found them to be quite expensive. If there’s a printed version of the pattern available, I’ll *always* buy that over a pdf, even if it costs twice as much. pdfs that you’ve stuck together are so much harder to store as well, aren’t they!
      Glad you’ve got the sewing bug again, sadly I think RTW will always be cheaper if you’re talking Primark rather than Prada, but it’s always so satisfying to wear something that’s handmade and unique don’t you think 🙂
      I am DETERMINED to nail the Gingers – Jeans is the one garment I’ve not made, I need to get over the fear and just do it!

  4. Cindy
    April 22, 2018 / 10:09 am

    I never realised your husband sewed too, what a clever couple you are, you’re my guilty lay in on a Sunday reason, with a cuppa…perfect xx

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 23, 2018 / 7:04 am

      Ahh yes he’s just now at the start of his sewing journey! He’s made a couple of things so far, tops and bags, but really wants to make posh evening gowns with all the lace and sequins (yep, he’s like a magpie – can’t resist sparkly things). Hopefully he’ll be the next Tom Ford or something and we’ll be millionaires haha 🙂
      Hope you enjoyed the post, and the rest of your Sunday! 🙂

  5. April 22, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Yeah I’ve over 200 patterns, paper, PDF, books, magazines… prob close to 300. Hope your Frenchie coat has seam allowances included….

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 23, 2018 / 7:05 am

      I hope they *ALL* have seam allowances included, or I’m gonna cry haha 🙂
      Wow close to 300 hey… what’s your storage secret??

  6. April 22, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Wow, you’ve got some serious plans there 😱 I’m looking forward to seeing your tailoring upgrade with the coats. And that Jean muir bodice is fantastic 👌
    … use google translate on your smartphone, access the camera and you can do ‘live translate’ – which isn’t very accurate for sewing terms – but photograph the text & highlight with your finger to translate… time consuming but not as laborious as transcribing 👍
    Good luck 😃🙏

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 6:50 am

      Haha, I reckon I spend more time *thinking* about sewing than I do actually sewing!! I’m really getting in to the vintage patterns, I’ve got a fair few lined up now. I need to actually READ that tailoring properly, I’ve had a quick flick through it but I should really go back and mark the pages that will be useful to me. Aha, I didn’t know about Live Translate! I’ll give that a go, thanks for the tip!!

  7. PsychicSewerKathleen
    April 22, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    I have an embarrassing array of patterns (considering I only started accumulating them less than 3 years ago when I returned to sewing after a 40 yr hiatus) – in the store the other day my husband asked, “Do you want to buy a couple more of those cartons you keep your patterns in?” I blushed appropriately. I can’t resist the sales for one thing (of the “Big 4”) – seriously? $5 for a Vogue pattern? Yes please. But I have loads of indie patterns too and the insane thing is that when one arrives in the mail I put it on my cutting table to sew next!! I don’t know what I’m doing half the time. I love those Sew Liberated pants! But with all the printed patterns I now own, PDF is a scary slippery slope I’d just as soon avoid as long as possible 🙂 although I do have a couple of those. Just ones that I absolutely had to have (the ONLY boyleg swimsuit patterns – Jalie – is now only available in PDF so I was cornered). Seeing all those “vintage” patterns was a walk down memory lane for me 🙂 When I started sewing my own clothes (1972) patterns looked like that! I only tackled one Vogue though to make my mother a dress and it was a fiasco. Simplicity all the way for me after that 🙂 Now I love Vogue and find it fits me really well.

  8. April 23, 2018 / 7:01 am

    Wow, I love your haul! Very inspiring (even though I Lao have a stash of untouched patterns… Hrm…)
    Also, try downloading the google translate app. It has a photo option that basically translates written words in real time. It helps me a ton as a non-German speaking resident of Germany 😂

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 6:52 am

      Haha… I think I’m worse for buying patterns that I am fabric! I love browsing through all the different designs available… you find some real forgotten gems on eBay and Etsy 🙂 Aha, I am DEFINITELY going to get that app – thanks for the tip! 🙂

  9. April 23, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    It’s crazy, I see so many people rave about LMV but me (and my sewing friends here) have had nothing but trouble. They give me the impression that it’s more style over substance…

    I actually worked on that coat pattern with Joost! There are two long and detailed posts about the process (both making the pattern and sewing my version) on my blog. The men’s version is on point, but if you ever want to make the women’s version I’d make a muslin first, since I still had some issues with overall ease and sleeve fit, and I don’t think Joost has gotten around to looking into that yet!

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 24, 2018 / 7:02 am

      Hmm, once I’ve made a LMV pattern I’ll let you know – if it’s nothing but drama that will put me off making any more of their patterns 🙁
      Ah really? Thanks, I’ll go check those posts out! I do like that coat, I’d be making the men’s version for the husband 🙂 I think I may actually have the perfect fabric for it, too… so long as I have enough as I imagine it takes quite a few metres of fabric!

  10. April 24, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    I used 3 metres for my version, it’s pretty long on me and I’m 5’4″! I’m not sure how much fabric Joost used but he’s very tall so that’s not always the best reference!

    It would be awesome if you made the coat! The instructions aren’t finished and probably won’t be for a while, but if anything’s unclear, don’t hesitate to get in touch 🙂

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 6:55 am

      My husband is only 5’6-ish so it looks like somewhere around 3m will do it 🙂
      When I first saw that coat I fell in love with it, and knew the husband would like it, so I’m sure it will definitely get sewn. Do I have to cut and stick A4 pdfs, or is there an option to get a copyshop version of the pattern? (I’m dying a little just thinking about sticking all those pages!!)

  11. Stella
    April 25, 2018 / 7:27 am

    I love the gilet coat and the striped dress!!
    Why hair canvas should be better as interfacing? Is it warmer? I’m starting V8940 in a while and I’m super scared 🤣

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 7:14 am

      Ahh don’t be scared! Just follow the instructions one by one and you’ll be fine… promise! Hair canvas gives better structure to collars, and allows for better hand tailoring techniques such as pad stitching. Because it’s wool, it can be steamed and pressed the same way as the outer wool fabric of the coat, rather than the synthetic interfacing which can’t be manipulated in the same way. I’ve used regular sew-in interfacing for all my coats so far though, and they are more than acceptable, so if that’s all you’ve got then it’ll do the job just fine 🙂 I’ll report back on whether the hair canvas is worth it! Good luck with the coat, let me know if you get stuck with anything 🙂

  12. April 26, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    A copyshop version is definitely an option! Joost printed my version on A3 for me and I was really grateful for that, there are some big pieces involved 🙂

    • Sarah
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 6:46 am

      Ahhh yes A3 would be a little easier than A4! Copyshop would be even better though… as yes I imagine there’s some HUGE pieces!!

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Batik Book Sleeve
LOTR Book Sleeve
Care Bears Book Sleeve
Jaws Book Sleeve
Rainbows Book Sleeve
Alice In Wonderland Book Sleeve
Cat in the Hat book sleeve
Lollipop Book Sleeve
Hufflepuff Book Sleeve
Slytherin Book Sleeve
Ravenclaw Book Sleeve
Gryffindor Book Sleeve