The Harlequin Coat #7

And it’s a full garment at last.

The sleeves are in, after much swearing, stitching, ripping, re-stitching and poking of self with sharp pins. But they look decent, the inside is immaculately tidy and they aren’t going to fall out any time soon. The coat begins to look as I’d imagined, at last. I was silly to think the patchwork part was going to be the most time-consuming thing about this project…

Next step is binding all the open edges. The silk backing is fraying a little here and there, and stitching is opening in places, so the sooner I secure all that, the better. It’s going to be narrow, like the top edge of the collar, and double fold straight-grain binding for durability. Same inky blue as all the rest.

And finally, I’ve found some froggings for the closures!  Black satin rolled ribbon with turk’s head knots in place of buttons. I bought a pack of 6, so I have some flexibility. They had red as well, but I wasn’t quite as in love with the idea; the dark colour contrasts so well with the colourful background. Not sure yet how best to attach them, but it’ll probably involve insanely tiny  hand-stitching around the outside edge. Or maybe straight through the middle of each coil. Anyone got any suggestions or experience of these?

In the home stretch now. The final push will be the pockets, which need to be located once I’ve got this thing on and can decide where I want to put my hands!

Melbourne, get out your sunglasses and brace to be dazzled 😀


57 thoughts on “The Harlequin Coat #7

  1. jmcheney says:

    Such a glorious vision you had, coming into being as a fabulous creation! You are going to look a Smash coming down the avenue! Runway??

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m just relieved my ability matched the vision so I was able to make it happen. There were one or two spots there when I thought I might have bitten off more than I could chew…

  2. That last sentence made me nearly choke on my coffee… the clearest visual of you descending in blinding technicolour glory from a tram amongst a crowd of monochrome commuters all grabbing for their shades.

  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    FasTAStic job, Kate!

  4. Marty K says:

    Chiconia and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Just gorgeous!

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup, zackly. And why not create something unique at the same time. I don’t expect to turn heads, but it’s distinctive, isn’t it?

      • Marty K says:

        Mr. Mousiekins would look fetching in a matching coat. 😉

      • katechiconi says:

        He would indeed, but there are very few opportunities for such a coat in our climate. He doesn’t enjoy clothing very much, and the lovely dotty coat I made him, the fleece sweater and the velvety/polar fleece coat he already has are all sitting unused because he runs pretty hot. I think he feels that black goes with everything, so why should he dress up?

  5. Caroline says:

    The sleeves are indeed immaculate, many congratulations

    • katechiconi says:

      They will be a tad thicker under the arms than a regular seam because of the construction method, but not enough to be uncomfortable, I think. I’m also glad I opted to make the sleeves match!

  6. My gosh, Kate. Your coat is a thing of beauty. I’ll bet it’s cozy as well. Those frogs are just the right touch.

  7. As you know, i’ve no idea, really, but despite that, i’m making a suggestion ! If you are going to attach through the coils, how about incorporating colourful glass beads? If you don’t have any, there will be a local lampworker delighted to make some.

    • katechiconi says:

      I do have some very pretty tiny beads, but I’m going to pass, as I want the dark frogs to stand out really well against the background. The red ones I looked at had beads and were very pretty, but they wouldn’t have stood out as well. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

  8. Oh you will be a burst of sunshine in dreary Melbourne next month 🥰
    It’s looking fabulous and can’t wait to see you in it 🥳

  9. I was thinking a waistcoat to go over a few all black or all grey ensemble would be another brilliant addition to your wardrobe… lined but no wadding so u can get good use in your weather??

    • katechiconi says:

      I shall have to see what I can make of the scraps; there’s quite a few of them, but it’s all weird shapes. What I’d really like is a sort of deep ‘corset’ belt, lots of really dense quilting, etc.

      • Another thought 💭
        The wired shapes… could they not be basted into a bigger piece and then edges neatened with a zigzag stich ?💭

      • katechiconi says:

        I’d have to join them with sashing as they’re fully sandwiched already. I’ve already thought of doing something like that, but it’s way down the To Do list…

  10. tialys says:

    Well done with those sleeves. I’m having my own drama with jacket sleeves at the moment and they’re nothing like as complicated as yours.

  11. claire93 says:

    looking fabulous! I’ve never sewn on frogging, but I’m sure you’ll find some useful “how to” videos on YT.

  12. That freshly born coat looks eager to go out and adventure, the way new runners want to go out to run around!

  13. What a glorious jacket! It will keep you warm just by looking at it!

  14. Oh my goodness! Is Melbourne even ready for this brilliance!
    Love the planned closures. Soon you will be wearing this scrappy masterpiece!

  15. Dayphoto says:

    It’s very, very pretty! You will DAZZLE!

  16. The style of the jacket is stunning. compliments to the fashion designer and tailor. Beautiful work.

  17. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Fabulous! (as expected!)

  18. That looks amazing!

  19. Amo says:

    They fitted in beautiful, if a little painfully.

  20. Ah, sleeves. They’re never fun, and I’m sure they were an extra challenge given the bulk of your garment. It looks terrific, Kate.

  21. Debbierose says:

    Beautifully bright. Yes Melbourne’s boring black puffer obsession is stale. You will brighten the world

  22. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    You’ll get a lot of attention when you were this stunning coat !!

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