I have returned full time sewing time to concentrating on my SWAP '13 and I'm currently tackling the bridging garment - a raincoat/trench. This will keep both Audrey and Katherine protected in inclement weather, but perhaps by the time I have it finished summer will be here.
The fabric is a reversible showerproof and fleece. No, that doesn't quite describe it correctly. On one side is a showerproof taupe twill and on the other side a black jersey. The description on the internet said gold and navy but the navy is so dark that to my eyes, it's black. Regardless, the fabric has been cut to Butterick B4865 (OOP) and lengthened by 20". I bought this pattern for $1 in the OOP sale around Christmas time. I went for style D with turned back cuffs, revers, no official closures and a belt. All style have raglan sleeves which should make it loads easier inserting the sleeves and easier to finish a straight seam rather than a circular one.
I'm thinking that an unlined jacket will be quick and fairly simple to knock out - in fact Butterick actually wrote the words FAST & EASY on the envelop - well it might be, but a reversible jacket is a whole different ball game. All the seams must be neat and tidy and finished; the collar is proving to be dilemma as I'll seem to have a raw edge somewhere; and how do you hem and finish the raw edges? I can't use interfacing or facing to turn the lapels. There's a lot of thinking to be done on this project yet.
In the meantime, before I tackle all the problems, I made the pockets. Here is a brief tutorial on making welts and covering up the untidy reverse with a patch pocket - same hole, two entries.
I made a tie belt while I ponder the finishing techniques. I don't have an overlocker (serger) and although the fabric doesn't fray an unfinished edge is just a bit too casual for this look. Any ideas?