I’ve been a bit quiet on the Missy front recently. Sorry about that. But with just a week to go, I’ve finished the jacket. It needs a bit of a press, but I’m pleased with how it’s come out.
The new braid proved to be a dream to work with – much better than the other one. I decided to sew the braid on the collar pieces, the front facing and the body of the coat before sewing them all together. I secured the braid in all of the seam allowances to make sure it wouldn’t come loose.
It all went together well, though I did have to fudge the seam allowances a bit when I attached the lining to the coat at the neck edge, because of the modifications I made. If I’d had more time, I would have topstitched the front edges to make them lie a bit flatter.
The original coat has a back vent, with the braid running up one side of it. But my braid needs to be secured in a seam allowance, so I wasn’t going to be able to have braid on the outside of a back vent in the same way. Instead, I created an overlapped back vent, and put the braid on the inner flap.
If I were making this again, I’d sew the braid further away from the bottom edge. My hem allowance turned out to be pretty small, so i ended up making quite small turned hems.
The buttons are sewn on the outside, but the coat was fastened with snap fasteners. This is lazy, but also screen accurate: Missy’s costume is fastened the same way. I attached those on the front of the coat before sewing the main fabric to the lining. This was for neatness, as it keeps the untidy ends inside the garment without them showing.
The ones on the cuff are added in the same way. The buttons are purely decorative, but I’ve added a small snap fastener in the point of each cuff, as I’d found the cuffs would otherwise fall down and turn themselves inside out. I’ll see how that works out, but I might need to add some more snap fasteners down the outside edge of the cuff.
I’ve also sewn the pockets closed as the light fabric meant they were gaping open a bit while the jacket was being worn. I can open them up if I want to at a later point.