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My Mom’s Peacoat Sewing Experience

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If you were a little overwhelmed by all the handstitching involved in Dana’s Tailored Peacoat Series last week, never fear, you can still easily sew a Goldstream Peacoat if you are new to sewing outerwear and only have a limited time frame for sewing.  Here is my Mom to tell you about her experience sewing the Goldstream Peacoat!

A Peacoat … Sure I can! And even better … if I can, you can!

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Not one to resist a challenge, I agreed to sew Farrell a ‘Goldstream Peacoat’.  I had been happily enjoying the winter coat that Morgan had sewn for me.  I showed it off to many people who admired her skill and my luck at having a daughter who would take the time to make it for me.  My favourite comment was from a friend who said that wearing a wool coat hand made for me was like getting a hug from my daughter every time that I put it on!

With that in mind, I tackled a peacoat for Farrell.  I did so without the confidence I typically have when sewing. I have not sewn much in the way of men’s clothing before.  I can sew but I think of myself as someone who tackles projects.  Typically the projects are ones that require my logical math brain, such as puzzling out how to sew boat cushions, window coverings, or specialty pieces including windlass covers.  I decided to trust Morgan’s instructions to get me through the techniques required for this project with the bonus of her support only a phone call, text or email away.  Turns out I needed very little help!  Farrell is wearing his beautiful pea coat regularly and has made some strong hints that he would like a lighter spring version.

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I selected a very thick Melton wool fabric in a black/almost navy with a shiny backed tan coloured lining.  I also purchased a metre of horsehair interfacing so that I could play with laying out some panels on the front pieces.

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The cutting out went well.  I decided to sew an extra-large rather than the large as we wanted to make sure that Farrell would be comfortable wearing a heavy sweater (his Newcastle) underneath.  Turns out that was a good choice for him and the types of activities he does when wearing his coat.  He has lots of room in the jacket for movement and doesn’t feel stuffed inside it when he is wearing layers.

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I carefully followed all of the steps that were thoroughly described in the instructions, right down to the tailor tacking.

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Because of my inexperience with sewing clothing, some of the steps were hard for me to logic out.  Instead, I just followed them and then ended up being delighted each time that the pieces went together and the intent of the step became clear to me.  Only once did I text Morgan a question.  I needed to check to see if I was interpreting her instructions as she intended.  In my impatience to keep going on the jacket, I didn’t wait for the reply and proceeded anyways. With relief I did fine as trying to unpick a black thread on the heavy wool seam is a tough task.  My light duty sewing machine coped with the heavy layers well.  The only challenging seam was the one where I sewed the outer jacket to the lining with collar and a leather piece that I chose to add.  With a denim needle and some patience, I got through it. (My mom’s tip to use a denim needle for thick layers is a great one, have you tried this?  I had never done this until the other day and I found this improved the quality of my stitches when going through several layers of wool.)

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The jacket turned out great! I meant to keep track of the time it took me but got carried away with the sewing and forgot to.  Once I set my mind to it, I just tackled a few pieces at a time and it was complete in approximately 20 hours of sewing. My confidence has been bolstered and I am ready for more sewing projects.  I think I will start on the Comox Trunks which are waiting for me.  I have my eye on an item of clothing yet to be released in the Alpine Collection.  Farrell has already been ‘living in’ the first sample that Morgan sewed in his size.  He has dropped some not so subtle hints about that too.

Thanks, Mom, for sharing your experience!  My dad looks very dapper in his Goldstream Peacoat!

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5 thoughts on “My Mom’s Peacoat Sewing Experience

  1. Pingback: New garment photos for the Parkland Collection | Thread Theory

  2. amazing how mom’s continue to teach us (denim needle). It has me wondering about thread, type and weight?? As a newbie these are the two things I always google before starting a project.Who knew before blogs and comments what a difference these things make. Great coat mom.

    • My mom is full of great and surprising tips (as are the other sewers in my family – what a great resource to have!). My mom and I both used regular polyester thread for our peacoats. You might consider using beeswax to coat your thread when hand-stitching any areas (such as sewing on buttons and sewing the hems). Dana mentions this in the first Tailored Peacoat post. I’ve never tried it but I bet it would make the thread smoother to use (less prone to snarls) and stronger.

  3. What a wonderful testimonial! I love that both the process and the result were happy experiences and that a sewer has gained confidence. I would be so proud to stand behind a product that did that for people. Bravo.

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