It’s all about those things that make a trench a trench at the moment. I have been sewing the flaps, attaching the flaps, making the collar, attaching the collar, making the epaulettes, facings, sleeve tabs, sleeves; topstitching all over…
Though nothing has given me as much trouble as those front seams a few days back, there is a lot of fiddling about and the last couple of days have not been entirely seam-ripper free.
For one thing when I attached front to back facings I used too large a seam allowance (I had a logical reason for doing this at the time), but I did not check if my facing would fit the shell until I had finished binding the whole shebang with bias tape. Doh!
When it came to attaching the facing I had to sew through facing, shell, lining, shoulder flaps and collar, so at the point where seams met – and some of those seams were bound with bias (adding, for a stitch or two an extra 4 layers…) – I was stitching through up to 14 layers of fabric plus three layers of interfacing; can this be right? But, right or not my new machine ran through it like a boss and although there is some bulk behind the collar it still seems to sit OK.
Anyway – I suppose I had better step away from the machine now, as I should be getting ready to go out. I think I might take a needle and thread and some snips with me and start to tidy up the inside a bit whilst I am away. But I just had to fit in a bit of topstitching before I left.