This is it! Shannon, Teresa and Leah have made it to the final round in our Super Online Sewing Match II, progressing through a series of intense challenges and beating out some stellar and skilled competition. The Round Five Cascade Duffle Coats are in and they’re beautiful, each a reflection of the sewist’s unique style and top-notch sewing. We’d like to thank all of our contestants for working so hard this summer; they inspired us with their enthusiasm and effort!
Click on the links below to learn more about each challenger’s coat and to see lots of photos. Who will win the Grand Prize Package, a Janome Skyline S5 Sewing Machine and the Janome 1110DX Pro Serger?! Our judges will deliberate this weekend and we’ll announce the winner next week.
You can sew in our Community Match through Friday, August 28, 2015! Enter to win a great selection of prizes.
Leah from Sew Spoiled
- “Once I had all of my supplies and the templates were taped and cut again, I was ready to cut out my coat. There are a lot of pieces for this coat. I found it helpful to make piles of main fabric, lining and interfacing. Making this coat was a lot of fun. I used my walking pressure foot on my sewing machine so that the layers would not shift during the sewing process.
- The fur trim was a little insane to put on. However, my sewing machine was a trooper. When I attached the fur trim I left 2″ of hood on either side without trim. This made it easier when constructing the coat.
- The magic of making this coat happens when attaching the lining to the coat’s outer shell. I love how it is like turning a bag! Everything is sewn by machine nicely together (even the sleeves), then you trim the seams and corners and finally flip it right sides out. I was thinking there is no way all of this is going to work and then it pops out right sides out and you actually have a coat! It was a little scary and amazing at the same time.”
Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress
- “Before buying the wool, I went home and thought about design. Like most Grainline patterns, I liked the pattern, but it wasn’t really my style. I knew that I would want to make the shorter version, since a longer boxy coat would overwhelm my small frame. I experimented with making it a little more A-line and adding a box pleat at the back, similar to shorter swing coats from the 50’s.
- I really wanted to use buttons because I knew I wouldn’t be able to find leather for toggles, but to have a functional button closure I would have needed to add another band to the front, which would make it too bulky. Instead, I made button closures from leather cord. I changed the pockets so that I could get my hands into them more easily, and I added decorative buttons tabs to those as well.
- The last thing I couldn’t decide on was whether my coat should have a hood or a collar; I love a good collar, but I’ve been caught in far too many Montreal storms to deny the practicality of a hood. So, I made both! The hood is removable, and attaches with snaps underneath the hood. I made the collar a little smaller to accommodate the hood, and a little rounder, out of preference. The finished coat is a little retro, a little modern, and super practical!”
Teresa Behr from Dandelion Drift
- “My family has had a family vacation planned for August 14th for some time and my goal was to finish my sewing for the Super Online Sewing Match before we left for vacation. That translated to only three days available for me to sew the Cascade Coat. (Hence the panic moment.) Josh and I talked for a minute on Monday and he convinced me that this was doable and if I stayed focused I definitely could finish the coat before vacation. I spent three whole days– I mean three days from sun up to sun down– to finish the coat. Kind friends jumped in and watched the kids for me. Josh helped keep the house running with food and cleaning. And the coat was all sewn and ready to be photographed by last Thursday night!…
- I really liked the patch pockets on the coat, but also knew that sticking my hands in a patch pocket would be a little awkward. They are perfect pockets to put my things in, though. I added a flap to the pocket, and I’m sure you’ll also see I made a way for me to put my hands in my pockets on the side. I decided to add welt pockets right on the pocket placement line for the patch pockets. This worked out perfectly. I used this tutorial from Thread Theory to guide me through making the welt pockets. And the welt pockets are lined in bemberg rayon, and go the distance from the pocket line, all the way over to the middle of the coat. I tacked down the lining at each corner of the welt pocket so that the pocket bags wouldn’t bunch up.
- I also looked through some pictures of duffle coats for inspiration and saw a picture of a coat with a great interior zipper pocket. I added that pocket to the facing piece, two inches in from the inside seam. I wasn’t sure where to place this zipper, so I saved that step towards the end until I could try the lining on and find the best placement. The zipper is a nine inch zipper, and the pocket lining for this one is nani iro double gauze. I again tacked down the corners of the pocket to ensure it wouldn’t bunch up inside the lining…”
Round Five of the Super Online Sewing Match is sponsored by Fabric Depot. Each contestant receives a $100 gift certificate! Fabric Depot is one of the largest, most complete, independent and family-owned fabric stores in the U.S. FabricDepot.com stocks a wide selection of apparel, quilting and home decor fabrics, as well as sewing notions, quilting supplies, books and patterns. Free shipping is always available on orders of more than $100 and local sewists can take advantage of in-store pickup.