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SueC56
Posted 2010-01-15 10:18 PM (#60650)
Subject: Winter coat geometry



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I am attemptiing my first pattern, Winter Coat. There seem to be a couple of glitches in the instructions (I'll send suggestions to the programmers), but I am completely stymied at last phase that involves stitching and turning right side out. If anyone has made this pattern, I'd appreciate hearing from you. 3D geometry is not my forte and I'm stumped. I might have to make another one and try again.

Thanks

Sue
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-01-16 9:09 AM (#60656 - in reply to #60650)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry



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welcome to the forums, sue!

if i understand your question, you're asking about the final section when you insert the lining.  basically you sew it to the coat, right sides together, leaving a small opening in the seam to turn the whole thing right sides out.

i've just reviewed the instructions and they seem to be correct, or at least they are how i would construct this.  essentially they are:

BODY:
  • sew the back together down the center--repeat on the lining
  • sew the neck strap together down the center--repeat with the lining
  • sew the neck strap to the coat--repeat with the lining

COLLAR:
  • stitch the collar together on both sides
  • stitch the collar lining together on both sides leaving an opening between the small circles
  • stitch the collar lining to the collar at the top, stitch and turn
  • stitch around the collar on both lines to form a casing
  • insert drawstring
  • stitch the collar to the coat

TUMMY STRAPS:
  • place tummy strap lining and tummy strap RST, stitch around 3 sides, turn.  repeat with other pieces
  • baste or pin the tummy straps to the coat at the circle marks

FINISH:
  • lay the lining RST on the coat, stitch all around the edges, leaving an opening to turn
  • turn, close the opening, apply closures on tummy strap


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SueC56
Posted 2010-01-16 11:44 AM (#60658 - in reply to #60650)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry



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Thanks for the reply.

COLLAR:
The instructions read:
With RIGHT sides together, pin and stitch the neck edge of the collar to the neck edge of the coat (...)

** Clarification needed here - what about the lining? In earlier parts of the instructions "coat" refers to the outer layer and "lining" refers to the inner layer. Is the lining of the collar also attached to the lining of the body piece? Or is that part of step 17?

Let's start with that question and see where that gets me.

Thanks so much for your time.

Sue
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-01-16 1:25 PM (#60660 - in reply to #60658)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry



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once the outer layers are assembled, they constitute the coat.  thus, the completed collar (lining and all) is stitched to the coat, and the completed lining of the coat is inserted in step 17.  this is typical of coat construction generally, not just for dog coats.  


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SueC56
Posted 2010-01-16 2:12 PM (#60663 - in reply to #60660)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry



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LOL Obviously I've never made a coat before! I guess I've never done much with linings.

You confiirmed what I suspected. I can just tell you that my way didn't work! It made for some interesting geometry when I tried to turn it RSO.

Thanks for your concise and clear answer. Off to finish the dog coat.

Sue
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-01-16 2:58 PM (#60666 - in reply to #60663)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry



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oh please post a picture when you're done!  i have been putting off a couple of doggie dresses that i really should just finish and get in the mail, so i could use the inspiration.



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SueC56
Posted 2010-01-17 9:26 PM (#60697 - in reply to #60666)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry



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Okay, here are pictures of the finished coat.

Suggestions: make sure you measure the widest part of the neck. I would make the collar larger around next time, esp if your dog has a large head.

This one also is a little long, so evaluate your body length number.

The slit for the collar ended up much further down on the back than the position of the collar. Not sure what to say about that except to consider putting the slit in after the fact.

The tummy strap is longer than necessary, but easy to change. I'll have to check my measurements.

I'll post more info if/when I get another one made.

Sue



(Dog coat 2 small.jpg)



(Dog coat 1 small.jpg)



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Fashions by Joellyn
Posted 2010-01-18 2:00 AM (#60699 - in reply to #60650)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry


Oh, that's SO cute! Your dog is, too!
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rowena___.
Posted 2010-01-18 7:58 AM (#60703 - in reply to #60697)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry



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wow, it looks great!  the dog is SO CUTE.  he/she reminds me of the first dog i owned when i first lived on my own.  that dog would have loved this coat, even the length of it.  she was always cold.  she lived to be 19.75 years old!


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SueC56
Posted 2010-01-18 9:41 PM (#60718 - in reply to #60703)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry



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The dog, Patrick, is a 6 year old rescue doggy that I got last year. He had lost his home, I suspect due to some sort of family situation. He's a wonderful dog! They tell me he is a mix of Shih Tzu and Chihuahua. Go figure!

He wore the coat outside today along with some slipper socks that I cut down to size. NE Iowa has been kind of cold lately.

Sue
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KrisSpecht
Posted 2010-02-22 2:30 PM (#61362 - in reply to #60666)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry


I thought I would send a couple of pictures of Chester's coat. His winter coat is the "evening coat" made without the ruffle. I didn't care for the big collar on the winter coat. I made this from a scrap of Chinese silk, backed with fusible batting and lined with black fleece. Pretty cool program!

Chester is a 4 pound chihuahua rescued from the cold. So he's pretty happy to have a snazzy coat!!

Notes about evening coat alterations: Chester is 4 years old and has terrible back legs (knees), so his rear end is really tucked under. So I took the evening coat and made some edits in Pattern Editor to make the back line curve like his back curves. I didn't get it quite right, as you can see in the picture. So he has a bit of a bump when he sits down. But for Chester, it's an improvement over the straight back of the original pattern. If I try it again, I will need to make a smoother, longer, more gradual curve. In any case, it seems to work.


Edited by KrisSpecht 2010-02-22 2:42 PM




(Chester Coat sitting.jpg)



(Chester in coat.jpg)



(Chester Coat.jpg)



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rowena___.
Posted 2010-02-22 5:34 PM (#61367 - in reply to #61362)
Subject: RE: Winter coat geometry



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oh my gosh, the coat is really nice but the dog is ADORABLE.


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