I managed to get my lining assembled today and I’m tickled pink! Most exciting is the mint green rick-rack. Followed by my nice new labels and some crazytown zig-zag stitches. And of course, brown and white polka dots. Here I am modeling my hastily pinned-together coat. RickRack5
[“Hey lady, I got a watch to sell you…]

My favorite part is the facing on the back neckline. I sewed a Lucy-label on with some messy zig-zags in neon green. At some point, I’ll raid my small stash of jewelry making supplies to add a little chain hanging loop. Don’t want to be too hasty with the adding of hardware. I prefer my machine’s timing just the way it is…
[Hello bear!]

Here’s a somewhat painful to look at detail shot of the front facing. Oh, the shapelessness…

I added the rick rack using the piping instructions in the lining section of the tailoring book suggested for the Lady Grey sewalong. The rick rack I’m using is GIANT! Nearly an inch and a half total width. I took the photo below to show how I sewed it on – just a little over half the total width placed over the facing’s right side, with the ‘bumps’ sticking out over the edge. I sewed close to the edge of the facing then trimmed the bumps off. I then sewed the polka dot material to the facing as usual. I ended up having to sew with a 3/8” seam rather than a 5/8” seam to get enough of the rick rack to show – just the ‘bumps’ of the rick rack showed when I used the 5/8” inch seam allowance.rickrack1
[Giant green rick rack makes me happy!]

As further proof of my ongoing impatience, here’s a badly lit photo of the coat pinned together and hanging on a hanger, pretending to be a real, live coat.
[hello, almost-coat!]

Tomorrow I will post my adventures in making a single-welt ipod pocket. With rick rack. Also, our next installment of dream jobs is right around the corner… ever dreamed of opening your very own fabric shop? Well Nikol did, and one year later that’s just what she’s got!

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