Thank you Carolyn for reminding me that in my last post I talked about how I pre-treated my fashion fabric, but I forgot to mention that I also pre-treated the other fabrics to be used in the coat. This is a very important step! I ran both the cotton flannel underlining and the Ambience rayon lining through the washer and dryer. So, there should be no shrink mishaps down the line...
Figuring out the construction
Lynda asked for pointers in constructing the coat given that there are no English instructions. I know some German but it is more conversational and I didn't even bother trying to translate. Instead, I used these pieces of information to figure out how to put the pieces together:
1. The illustrated pictures that are provided in the magazine - Unfortunately the pattern piece numbers are not shown on the pictures, but I was able to determine what pieces were shown by comparing their shapes to the pieces that I had; each pattern piece is fairly distinct looking. The illustrations are an excellent guide.
2. The numbers on the pattern pieces - Many of the corners of the pattern pieces are numbered - i.e. 1, 2, 3 - each number will appear on at least two pattern pieces, and these indicate corners that must match when you are sewing seams.
Edited 10/11/08: Rose pointed out that these numbers also indicate the sequence in which the pieces are sewn together. Aha! Good to know.
3. The names of the pattern pieces - This might sound obvious, but I know that the "side front" and the "center front" will be sewn together, so the names of each pattern piece will point you to the correct "geographical location" of each piece of fabric. Just make sure the numbers I mentioned in #2 match so you know you have them oriented correctly.
I keep the pattern pieces pinned to the fabric pieces until I actually sew them.
With this particular pattern, I found the pictures - both the line drawing and the illustrations in the instructions - to be very helpful.
And, when in doubt, whip up a muslin! Yes, it sounds like a total drag, but Toya and I talked about this recently - muslins really don't take that long, and they allow you to check the fit and become familiar with the construction process, totally worth it in my opinion.