Costumes and Performances by Tab Kimpton

A Tale of Two Doctors- Part 8-Collar and lapels

 

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Next step is sewing the lapels in and trying to get a beautiful crisp edge.

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First part is pinning the lapels and top collar all along the outer edge of the coat.

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The bottom gets pinned above the hemline and then trimmed down.

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Then it’s happy sewing time all along the edge.

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A quick flip inside out to check if everything is where it’s supposed to be, then time to add the bias taping at the bottom.

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This gets hand stitched into place and gives a crisp line to fold over.

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This step is THE MOST AWESOME TIP that I’ve learnt this year. When turning a corner the standard way to do it is to clip the corner and fold inwards- nice but runs the risk of fraying. Instead what you can do is sew a line of running stitch in the corner and gather the fabric in.

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Then iron down flat.

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And BAM a neat little corner.

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Which when you fold out looks like this- the most beautifully crisp edge that I’ve ever seen!

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Repeat the same on the collar corners.

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Then the facing gets secured to the inside of the coat so it doesn’t shift about.

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Then I tack the lapels down inside to secure them.

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And yes, beautifully turned lapels!

Next step, adding the lining.

 

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One Response

  1. Hugh Maughan

    Hi Tab, I’ve been reading this blog very recently. Very fun read, and I’m actually learning a lot about the process! All very interesting! Looking forward to seeing the next article.

    – Hugh

    February 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm

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