I have good news and bad news. The good news is I finished my coat for the vintage pattern contest. The bad news is, I posted my review on the sewing forum ONE minute past midnight so my entry isn't valid. This is the dreaded pm I received from the lady on the contest committee:
I'm so sorry that I have disappointing news to tell you. I checked with the Contest Committe, and I'm afraid your review was posted too late to be entered into the Vintage contest. They're extremely strict about the midnight deadline. And even though your review was posted just one minute after midnight, unfortunately it will not be included.
I'm so sorry there was confusion about the deadline. This is understandable, though I did indicate several times that the contest would end at midnight of last night.
Once again, I want to let you know how badly I feel. Your white cotton coat is so chic and elegant, I'm sure it would have been a very popular choice.
THAT BITES!!!! hahaha...oh well, teaches my late-doing-stuff tail a lesson I guess.
Here is my review:
Fabric used: Cotton Blend with a subtle flower pattern.
Complexity of pattern: The pattern was a little challenging constructing the collar but I figured it out. I improvised on some of the directions a bit doing the interfacing and facings. The pattern must have come out before fusible interfacing was available because the directions said to sew the facing and the interfacing on to the front of the coat separately. I could not find 2 1/2 inch belting or belt buckle so I had to get creative and I purchased some fake leather belting that was folded on each side and when opened all the way up, it was 3 inches and the silver buckle I found was 3 inches so it worked out great. I also used 3/8 seams to give a little more room because the pattern is a 12. Size 34 bust, 25.5 waist and 36 inch hip. I also did my first Hong Kong finish on the seams. It turned out well I think. I didn't really do a "cuff" for the French cuffs. I like them better the way I have them but I am considering adding the extra button holes to do the cuffs.
How long did it take to complete: 12 hours
Overall Review: I love the look of the coat. Very classy. I doubt if I will sew this one again. This is a type piece that needs to be the one and only.