Wrap Coat: At Least the Belt is Done!

Yay for sewing progress! Desperate to make progress on my wrap coat, I sewed up the belt for the coat. When life gets busy, it’s nice to make small steps on a big project! And I really want to wear this coat. It’s rainy, it’s cold and damp, I love the idea of snuggling into a warm and cosy coat that looks great too!

Thanks for all of the comments on whether to interface the belt or not. In the end, I decided to use a lightweight fusible interfacing, a really nice, soft, non-crunchy fusible. It adds just the right amount of stability I was looking for.

Here’s how light the interfacing is – it’s soft, drapey and adds body without stiffness. (That last phrase sounds like an ad for hair gel!)

I liked the suggestions to cut up the muslin and use it as sew-in interfacing, but I didn’t for two reasons. One, I like to keep the muslin out for reference, just in case, while I’m sewing up a project. And two, there wasn’t a long enough section of muslin to cut the belt without seaming it.

A tip on sewing a belt out of patterned or striped fabric: make sure to line up the pattern lines along the belt seam. Interfacing can hide the fabric’s pattern, so peek inside and line up the pattern or print lines as best you can. If it’s pinned evenly, it’ll be easy to sew it with the print lined up. Use lots of pins for extra confidence!

See how thick the final belt is? (You can tell I took these photos before my big announcement, as I am still wearing an old ring, not the ring!)

I’m going to wait on the topstitching, just in case I change my mind about it. It’s supposed to have 1/2″ topstitching all around the belt, which looked nice on the muslin belt.

How do you work through big projects and balance a busy life? Like anything, I take it one step at a time. That’s all we can do! One baby step towards completion, no matter how small, is better than no steps at all.

PS. Are you on the Sewaholic Patterns mailing list? I sent out an update yesterday, so check your inbox and possibly the junk folder as there was a picture in the email! This update has already received an enthusiastic response which is awesome to see! (Not on the list? Sign up here to stay in the loop on new patterns and special offers.)

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19 Responses to Wrap Coat: At Least the Belt is Done!

  1. Ginnie Wise October 27, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    When I made my coat last year, I did exactly the same thing! It’s nice to see some ‘real’ progress after all that muslining. Great looking belt. ;) I’m sure the rest of the coat will be equally great, too.

  2. Michelle @ If Toys Could Talk October 27, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    I love how the belt turned out!

    When I’m working through big projects, I usually go in bursts. I can only sew during nap time or at night (I have two little ones, ages 4 and 2), so some nights I’ll spend all evening sewing and then others I’ll take a break to hang out with my hubby. It can be hard to find the right balance when I’m excited about a project, but I always try to make sure I spend lots of time hanging out with my husband. :)

  3. Bri October 27, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    Loving this fabric, can’t wait to see this project completed!

    As for balancing, I just try to do a little bit everyday if possible and that helps me keep chugging along!

  4. Sewingdina October 27, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Looking good so far. I love top and nearly always end up adding it where possible. It will look good on your thick belt if you decide to do it. So exciting to see your new pattern in my mailbox!! Nice to include a picture of you wearing it as well, this is a good idea. Looking forward to adding this to my collection.

  5. Sewingdina October 27, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Oops I meant topstitching.

  6. Jenna October 27, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    The belt looks great!! Can’t wait to see it on your coat!

    Even “small” projects get sewn in bursts around here. :) I (like Michelle) can really only sew during nap time (my babies are 1 & 2) and evenings after DH gets home.

    I have to tell you Tasia, I was ecstatic when I saw your e-mail!! Ever since I started sewing it’s been a goal of mine to sew a coat :) so I’m looking forward to hearing more about the pattern! I noticed the Minoru jacket doesn’t have pockets, is that an “do-able” addition?

  7. indigorchid October 27, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    It looks like you’re using an interface called “weft interfacing” – my favorite! I’d gotten a lot of suggestions to use knit fusible, because it’s not as stiff as the regular interfacing, but the weft stuff is the most awesome of all! Because it actually has a warp and a weft, it moves with the fabric and behaves like it, so you can still have movement on the bias. Great stuff.

    P.S. Got your mailing list email this morning, and I love your new design!

  8. Elena Cresci October 27, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    It looks like it’s coming along splendidly!

    The interface is unlike any I’ve seen before, it seems so drapey compared to those I’ve used! Where did you get it from?

  9. Forrest October 27, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    The coat is going to be great! I don’t think the belt will need the topstitching though. With that pattern I wonder if you’ll even be able to see it….

    More importantly though, congrats on your engagement and your new pattern! This has been a good week for you ;)

    Best wishes!

  10. Ellen October 27, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Big projects + busy days = lots of lists. Broken into lots of small steps. That way I can cross stuff off and see progress. Sometimes I even write stuff on the list that’s finished, just so I can cross it off! :D

  11. Stephanie October 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Your belt looks fantastic =) I was excited to see your fourth pattern in my inbox – I definitely want to make a coat this fall/winter and I like the shaping of your jacket pattern, so I just may have to get it! I also toyed with the idea of drafting a coat from my slopers, but somewhere between adding ease and calculating my broad back I sort of chickened out =P It’ll happen eventually, though!

  12. Mariló October 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi Tasia! I love your blog. I´m also making a coat and I´m using the same interfacing and I love it because it gives body and warmth but don´t get stiff. By the way congratulations for your engagement.

  13. Corinne October 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    The belt looks great. can’t wait to see the coat. I know exactly what you mean by big projects. I break them down into manageable pieces, but sometimes i just dig in and sew all day and sometimes into the night. Like a marathon! Neither of these is the best case scenario. I am trying to wrap up lots of stuff and I swear after the Holidays, the New Year is going to see a new process. I am working on a new plan. A girl can dream!!!

  14. ang October 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    the belt looks hot! ps: your left hand is amazing! :O

  15. kaitui_kiwi October 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    I just bought some interfacing that looks identical to yours for my Colette Lady Grey coat, the lady told me it was especially good for fusing to wool so I am looking forward to using it.

  16. Jessica October 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I am so excited to make the new pattern! Can’t wait :)

  17. Amanda October 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Love the belt, that fabric is a beaut!

    Very excited to see your new pattern! I’ve been looking for a raincoat/ between seasons pattern. I hope you make lots of sales!

  18. Gail October 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Wouldn’t you top stitch between the two rows of dots closest to the edge, rather than be governed by a particular width?

  19. Lindsay October 28, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    I think topstitching would add a nice ‘heft’ to the belt – I’m curious to see what you end up deciding!