Warm Up in a New Coat This Season
I grabbed my lighter weight puffy coat and headed out the door this morning not thinking about the frigid temperatures. Thankfully I was smart enough to don my snow boots, which are lined with faux fur and quilted for extra warmth. The office wasn’t as warm as we all expected either–the heater is working overtime. But it’s getting there and we’re seeming to thaw out as the day progresses.
The arctic chill has got me thinking–a nice wool coat would have fit the bill this morning, and would have been a much more stylish alternative to my puffy coat. And a longer coat that covers the top half of my legs would have kept me much warmer as I walked from my car in the parking lot to the front door of the office building. So, I’m looking to make the Night Sky Coat, featured in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery.
This project begins with the BurdaStyle 11/2015 #116 pattern. It’s called a Menswear Coat, and actually I love it in this tan as well.
The collar and center band make great canvases for embroidery. I particularly love the allover embroidery technique on the wool. Plus, if you choose the right wool fabric (wool melton) there’s no need to finish seams or insert a lining (unless you want the extra warmth from a lining, that is).
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Here are 5 tips to get you started when working with wool fabric, a luxurious warm coating that is super great for this project, and easy to embroider, too.
1. Always preshrink wool fabric. Position the fabric over a pressing surface and press, using a steam iron on the wool setting. Let each section dry completely before moving the iron to continue pressing the entire fabric length and width. Or have the fabric professionally dry-cleaned before cutting and sewing.
2. Select a universal needle, all-purpose thread and a 3mm or 3.5mm stitch length for sewing. Use a 75/11 sharp needle for embroidery.
3. Press straight seam allowances over a wooden seam stick and curved seams over a ham to prevent iron imprints showing on the fabric right side. After pressing a section, use a wooden clapper and firmly press down over the seam until cool.
4. Grade all seam allowances to reduce bulk.
5. Most embroidery designs work well on wool, even complex designs, because heavyweight wool supports the density. Use a topper to prevent the embroidery stitches from sinking into the fabric nap.