I have great news! This morning we will be receiving the keys to our brand new Thread Theory Studio! Until now Matt and I have been operating Thread Theory out of our home. It has been wonderful working from home these last three years but it has becoming a bit less realistic since our menswear supply shop launch. We have an ever increasing inventory to store and we have plans to hire someone to help me out with customer service in the future. A professional space for Thread Theory is suddenly making much more sense! I will introduce you to the new Thread Theory studio once it is all up and running but first I have a LOT of sanding, painting, building, packing and moving to do -starting this morning! So in the meantime, let’s continue with Coat Sewing Month by featuring some more of your stunning Goldstream Peacoat projects!
The following selection of gorgeous coats hail from Instagram. I hope that everyone can see these photos! Please be sure to comment on the post if they are not showing up for you.
This is what perseverance & determination gets you. Less than 2 years ago this young man started sewing with me, he's just finished this fabulous (slightly altered) @thread_theory Goldstream coat. He's off to Canada in February so wanted his peacoat to be more of a military coat, to keep him warm! I'm really proud of his achievements, he's made countless shirts, about 4 pairs of trousers, a jacket & a tailored 3 piece suit. He's also learnt fitting and a bit of pattern cutting. He now has clothes that fit him properly, it's not just a problem us ladies have with RTW! Just goes to show, you don't need to be scared of progressing your sewing! Take on new challenges, try & try again as it's only with practice that you're going to improve. Move away from the beginner patterns! #goldstreampeacoat #learntosew #threadtheory #proud #makemenswear #tailoring #coat
As you can see, the Peacoat featured above has had some very inspired alterations done to the design. The coat has been lengthened (quite easy to do with our “lengthen and shorten” lines) and single welt pockets have replaced the patch pockets. We added patch pockets to the original design because I aimed to create a design that was approachable to first time coat sewers. Every seam, pocket style and step in the instructions was created to be as approachable as possible. If you prefer the classic look of single welt pockets on a Peacoat, they are quite simple to add! In fact, I’ve written a tutorial for single welt pockets that features measurements and loads of photographs. I’ve seen a number of people post about using this tutorial to add welt pockets to vests and coats. Give it a try!
I featured this coat on the blog last week (it’s the blue one accented with a red scarf) but I really like this black and white photograph of it so I couldn’t resist including it again this week :). Seeing the coat in black and white makes the design details really stand out. Doesn’t that collar look dramatic?
This soft, snuggly and cozy looking Peacoat makes me want to wear it like a cocoon while I sip hot chocolate in a snow storm! It is a great example of how fabric choice and less inner structure can really change the look of a Peacoat. I have been reading about ‘soft tailoring’ and ‘hard tailoring’ recently. Soft tailoring results in a garment that works with the body as a source of structure and hard tailoring results in a garment that contains all of the structure it needs for very crisp results. Both types of tailoring are equally respected though many people personally prefer one over the other. I think most wardrobes would benefit from one ‘soft’ and one ‘hard’ Peacoat – but maybe I’m biased because I have run out of people in my family to sew Goldstreams for and am now sewing a second one for Matt :P.
Lastly, here’s a beautiful detail shot to finish off this series of inspiring photos! Plaid and epaulets are an ideal match.
Thanks for sharing your Goldstream Peacoats on Instagram! Don’t forget to add #makemenswear and #goldstreampeacoat