Sewing for the man. A muslin.

I pounced on Dan (figuratively, of course) the minute he walked through the door tonight and got him to pose in the muslin for his man-coat, Burda 7780. He insisted on the first pose being the traditional greet-the-dog pose. That dog is a traitor.

I love sewing for Mr. Bug. No pattern alterations needed. He did mutter a bit about the coat being too small while he was putting it on, but it’s unlined and he’s wearing over a suit. I think once I get the lining in, it’ll be a good fit. I did the ‘pinch test’ and it seems to have a LOT of ease through the chest. The arms are a bit slim and I might sew with 3/8” seams to give him a little bit of extra room for suit wearing. I also have a nice stock of flannel meant for interlining drapes that I’m planning to use to interline the coat.

[Do you see the look of disgust Lucy is aiming in my direction?]

The coat is a bit long, but since it’s so nice and straight through the body, it’ll be easy to hem. At Dan’s request I’m going to drop the pocket placement about an inch from the placement on the pattern piece.

The real coat will be made from wool suiting, black with a sort of windowpane pinstripe. I’m totally dragging my feet over cutting the fabric, on account of the pattern matching required (practiced today on some toile, used Tasia’s excellent tutorial!) Since the center back seam doesn’t provide any shaping, I’ll likely cut on the fold to remove at least one seam.

Dan takes modeling direction well. This is what I got when I told him to stand like superman! Any advice to pass on to him? I have a hard enough time with my awkward hand-on-hip mirror poses**. Also any sewing-for-the-man advice is welcome!

**did anyone notice I branched out with the Lady Grey post to a non-mirror photo session? I devised a photo stand made from a hairclip!)

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  • Angela
    November 2, 2010

    oO… it looks great!! Can't wait to see the final piece!

  • [patty the snug bug]
    October 29, 2010

    He's a handsome one! It helps that he got some positive feedback the first time I got him to pose! I know it's weird to pose, so I think he's awesome for giving it a try!!

    The muslin fabric would be fine for a coat, it's a bit stiff – you can't see in the photos, but I could NOT get the sleeves set in without a few gathers! It'd be a lint magnet, though – it's super cheap twill from the bargain table at Hancock. It looks nicer in pics – reminds me in person of J.Crew barn jackets circa 1995.

    It's hard fitting on someone else! I don't know if I'm asking the right questions to determine if it fits, and since he's a bargain hunter, if he can get it on, it fits. I made him give hugs and practice driving a car to see if he had enough room across the back.

  • tanitisis
    October 29, 2010

    It looks awesome :). I like your muslin fabric! (Though I'm sure the final fabric will be even yummier)

    Before I got my tripod (a teeny little tabletop thing) I used to wedge my camera all sorts of places to get pictures. :)

  • Alexandra Mason
    October 29, 2010

    Its looking wonderful!

  • Laurwyn
    October 29, 2010

    This looks so promising! It is simple and effective. Great for over suits.

    I am not going to show this post to my mister because I already promised him a second vest and pants…

    I cannot wait to see the suiting wool! I love those precious fabrics and dread the cutting moment…

  • Sarah Elaine
    October 29, 2010

    wow! Looks really good! Can't wait to see the end result! Great Model too!

  • Tasia
    October 29, 2010

    Looks great so far! Mr Bug is a cutie. And look how nice he is, modelling for you. I will point this out to my guy who is not keen on the modeling part…

    Oh and, glad the tutorial was helpful! Yay!

  • Joy
    October 29, 2010

    Wow! It looks so nice already.

  • K.Line
    October 29, 2010

    It's looking great! What a handsome model :-)

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