A few weeks ago I applied to become a tester of patterns. I never thought I would get to test patterns, since I haven’t been sewing that long yet and it’s not as if I have been active online very much. While I was waiting for an answer, I got a mail to ask me if I wanted to take part in a sew along. The pattern was a trench coat, with lots of different options. I hesitated for a bit, but the thought of being able to make such a coat, and getting lots of help along the way, really appealed to me. So I bought the pattern, bought my fabric and did the preparations-printing and drawing out the pattern, washing and cutting the fabric, getting the material I needed.
The first two days of the sew along, I kept myself busy around the house and realized I was procrastinating out of fear not to be able to do such a complicated pattern. I caught up on day 3 and found out that the videos were really helpful, everything was explained in detail, the instructions very clear. If you had more questions, you could always ask them in the Facebook group RP Sew Alongs. You didn’t only get help from admins and moderators, but basically anyone who could answer your question. For two weeks, every weekday, there was a new video to follow. There are a lot of options to choose from, and every single one of them was explained in the videos.
I chose to make the short version of the coat, with the front and back yokes, the shoulder and sleeve tabs and the belt. I was planning on making the welt pockets but in the end I decided against it. It sounded really complicated but I kind of wish I had tried it on some leftover fabric after all. I love the welt pockets better than the patch pockets but the result isn’t that bad. I also planned on doing the back vent, but because I made the short version, I thought it ended up too high on my back, so I sewed the vent closed. I didn’t make the hood either, since my fabric is not waterproof and I saw no use in it.
I loved every step of the sew along, even when I made some mistakes or things didn’t always go as planned. The truth is, without the sew along, I might have bought the fabric but never started it. It gave me a lot of confidence in my sewing capabilities and I learned new things along the way. I didn’t sew a lot with woven fabric before, but I’m feeling I got better doing this. The plan is to make at least two more, one waterproof one (with hood) and another a more fancy one (with welt pockets!). But it won’t be for right away, taking a little break now after all 🙂
As to the firsts in the title. This was my first sew along, the first coat I made, the first time I hand sewed 20 (!) buttons on one project, first time lining and entire garment, the first me-project I’m absolutely proud of. Lots of firsts to enjoy.
Thank you to Rebecca and her entire team for all the support.
Website: Rebecca Page
Pattern: Taylor Trench (also available in children’s and doll’s sizes)
Fabric from: Stoffen Verkempinck
Hope you like the coat as much as I do! Photos made by the hubby.