This black acetate is a medium weight fabric and will add to the coat weight. It's lovely and smooth.
Sewing black fabric can be a pain to see so I use a dark contrasting colour thread to help me see and unpick seams easily. I've used brown thread on black in the lightened pic below.I use the pins to remind me to stop and leave a side seam gap for later. Can you see what I've done? The crosswise pins act as my reminder to leave a gap.
The lining sews together really quickly and is then easy to sew onto the facings.
Preparing the collar and facings starts off lovely, then becomes messy, then is lovely again.
The back and front facings are sewn together. That's looking clean enough.
Here's where the mess begins.
I've trimmed the collar to facing and the cut away pieces always make a mess but this trimming helps these layers to sit flat.
If you look closely, I've used two layers of interfacing on the collar. This keeps the collar structure without it being too stiff.
And here's the inside view of the collar sewn onto the jacket. Messy looking but it all sits flat.
This story does have a collar and lining happy ending. It's neat and clean.
Here's how the collar with lining now sits nicely. The black trim worked too.
- The beauty of understitching facings by Linda Reynolds on Craftsy.
- Andrea Brown on Craftsy shows how to sew a double welt pockets the way Roberta taught me years ago when she used to teach at the Sydney McCalls warehouse.