I spent Sunday with my coat. I got the lining in (yay!), got everything pressed flat, and added buttons to the sleeve belts and the back belt. Did I mention I added a back belt? It's not fitted at all, just something to take out some of the fullness without belting the whole coat in. I like it.
The shape of the coat, now that I can see it as a coat instead of a collection of separate sewing projects, is looking very much like one of my relatives' vintage coats. It should have a ratty mink collar to make it look thoroughly aunt-like. But I like the non-shape shape, it actually looks way more flattering on me than it does on Evelyn.
I actually had to take a break from it for a while in the afternoon because I couldn't stand the sight of it anymore. I'll be fine tomorrow to do the finish work, but at about 3:00 p.m. I would have happily pitched the whole thing just to not have to look at it anymore. Ever get that way with a project?
To escape,I went upstairs to the guest room (recently vacuumed for Connie's visit and still cat-hair-free) and cut out BWOF 12/08 #118. It's a skirt with very interesting piecing, and of course, I'm not doing it their way. More on that later.
After getting that all cut out, though, my head was clearer and I went back to the workroom and got the lining into the coat without any problems. Rather than bagging the entire lining, I just did facing to coat and I'm going to hand-sew the bottom and sleeve hems. I did think about bagging the whole thing, but once again, the thickness of the fabric made me reconsider - the thought of turning this whole coat inside out through an opening in the bottom was just risking shred-of-brocade, and that I'm not having.
So next up (tomorrow, unless I need further resting) are all the hems, marking the buttonholes, a good bit more pressing, and sewing on the buttons.
This way, I figure, if it's not too cold on December 16, I can wear my unbuttoned coat to NY, and just button myself up after visiting Jonathan's. That would be way easier than having to wear one coat and carry another. And it will make me very precise in marking my buttonholes, won't it?
Can't wait to start sewing something else. I know I'm actually making pretty good time on this, but I'm tired of it now.