Vogue 8626: sleeves

I wanted the nicest possible sleeve head for this coat, so I cut a bias strip of tweed and interfaced the top 4 inches of the the sleeve head.sleeve capThe cuff is interfaced with a wide strip of bias horsehair.sleeve interfacingAfter fitting prior to sleeve insertion, I decided to put in a very small 1/4″ shoulder pad.  Here’s the front of the shoulders.shoulders frontHere’s the back view.  The shoulders of this coat are quite sloped and designed with no shoulder pads in mind.  shouldersI think this coat looks like it’s been in my closet for a while. Y’know – already broken in.sleeve head

Vogue 8626: front

Vogue 8626 front interfacing (502x800)I interfaced the centre front pieces with horsehair cut on the straight grain, with the side fronts interfaced with bias interfacing.  Here’s a pic of the bound buttonholes.  I’m pretty darn proud of them, I must say.  I measure and re-measured and measured again, and they are as close to perfect as I could hope for.  *grin*Vogue 8626 buttonholesThe facing is underlined with silk organza, and I used silk organza patches to face the buttonhole facings. front facingAnd here’s the front facing, fell-stitched in place.bound buttonhole facing

Vogue 8626: pockets

Here’s a view of the in seam pockets.  I wasn’t sure about keeping them inseam, but decided I would leave them as is instead of changing them to welt pockets.in seam pockets (600x800) I added pocket stays to keep them from flopping around and extra organza strips to reinforce the pocket edges as they are just off grain and I don’t want the openings to stretch out of shape.  pocket stay (599x800)I also added 3-inch (10 cm) wide strips of Harris tweed to the front pocket lining pieces to limit the view of the very shiny kasha lining.pocket inside facings (600x800)I am going to pick stitch the edges to keep all the allowances, organza and interfacing in place.

Vogue 8626: back construction

Vogue 8626 interfacing back (800x600)I’m taking my time on this coat.  I decided to interface the upper backs on the bias with horsehair.  I chose not to add front and back shields based on the fit.  There isn’t any caving through the shoulders.  I wanted the bias interfacing through the back to keep the movement of the tweed fluid.Vogue 8626 interfacing skirt (600x800)I underlined the back with polycotton broadcloth.  The hem is interfaced with bias strips of horsehair.  The seam allowances are all catch stitched into place, although these pics were taken prior to that step.  Here’s the back with all the pleats.back pleats (583x800)

interfacing a coat

Well, as sure as there’s sunshine today, I’ve decided on my course of action for my tweed coat.  Thank you to everyone who left a comment!  This isn’t the first coat I’ve tailored, but for some reason I just got stumped about which interfacing route to take.

Anyways, let me tell you how I came to my decision:

I was catching up on my blog reading and clicked through to Pinterest from one of the blogs and, would you believe it, there was this lovely pin on one of Steph C’s boards:How to Interface Jackets: Lessons from an Yves Saint Laurent Garment

This is an Yves Saint Laurent jacket from the 80’s, and shows you one of the methods of interfacing that I was waffling on. Don’t you just LOVE interior pictures like this?!?!

I’ll be using this method, since it will stand up to years of wear and – if the pics in the linked Threads article (click on the picture above or here) are any indication – will keep its shape for at least 20 years.

Happy sewing, everyone!


Waffling on how to go about certain parts of garment construction sometimes really trips me up on productivity.  I’m currently have my Harris tweed dress coat cut and ready to assemble, but I’m undecided about the interlining/underlining. undecided (600x800)

I want this garment to hold up to years of wear without falling out of shape, so I’m using hair canvas, which you can see at the very back of the picture.  I’m making Vogue 8626, View C.

Here’s the options I’m having a tough time choosing between:

  1. V-8626_thumb.jpgInterfacing the bodice back with the interfacing cut on the true bias and (possibly) an extra shoulder piece, depending on the fit.
  2. Should I underline this tweed with silk organza (I don’t want a lot of bulk), trim away all the bias interfacing seam allowances except for the shoulders and armscyes and catchstitch the interfacing to the organza?
  3. Or should I underline each back piece separately and cut a back “shield” for the interfacing ?

And what about the front?  I’m doing bound buttonholes, and will interface the front on the straight grain, but should I interface the entire length of the side fronts on the bias?

Do you ever get stalled on a project because you can’t decide which method to use?  This won’t be the last coat I make, so I guess I could just use this as an experiment and use whatever method I don’t choose on the next one….