I am making a 1950’s style coat for my final project. Here are my top 5 constraints for this project.
- Skill Level: I haven’t done very much sewing in my life. I want to develop this skill which is part of why I chose this project. This means that everything will take twice as long as it would if I were an experienced sewer. Making the patterns will probably take the longest time. I’ve already worked on trying to get this right and its really difficult.
- Money: Fabric is really expensive. Right now I am trying to decide what fabric to buy for my final project because I want it to look good but I can’t spend $300 on fabric. Especially because I will probably make a lot of mistakes.
- Aesthetics: I want this coat to be a good representation of the coat I am trying to replicate. I have looked through a lot of different coats from the 1950’s and there is a fairly distinct style that I am trying to emulate.
- Time: This project requires a pretty large time input to make it look as good as possible. I need to manage my time well because all of my classes this semester have projects. This means that the end of the semester will be very busy so hopefully I will be able to finish this project before everything else gets too crazy.
- Fabric: I have heard that thicker fabrics are harder to work with and it requires a larger needle and other extra considerations. Since I want this coat to be functional I will need to use thick fabrics and this could present some problems in the sewing process.
Here are some of the sketches I have done in order to try to figure out the pieces I need to cut out and then sew together. I found some example coat sewing patterns online but none of them were right so I decided to try and make my own. This choice is going to make everything take a lot more time because I have never done anything like this before so I will need to iterate.
The collar has been giving me the most problems in theory but I am going to try and make one soon. This is my current design so we will see.