Long time no blog?
I have been in a slight sewing rut lately and haven't been sewing much. RL responsibilities have been crazy and there's been a lot going on. I still don't know if I'll have time to sew much in the future, but I try to squeeze out a project every now and then.
So I've recently gotten into Voltron. You know, the animated remake of the 80s mecha alien robot thing.
I wanted to make a piece of clothing that was Voltron inspired but I'd be able to use it in everyday life.
Enter Keith's Blade of Marmora outfit:
And naturally I was like: "You could make a coat out of this!"
I did my initial design with a drawing app:
And set out to gather materials.
I purchased 2.3 meters of black wool blend (on sale for 16 euros!), a 100cm zipper (3.50 euros), a 20x100cm piece of reflective fabric (11 euros but I only used like half and the shipping costs were insane) and 2 meters of iron-on interfacing new (~10 euros). The rest of the coat (the two different shades of gray wool, the red and black lining) was secondhand materials from my stash.
I made the pattern myself. The sleeves are saddle sleeves and consist of six pieces each. A saddle sleeve is kind of like raglan sleeve but the shape of the seams is a bit different.
From top to bottom: black wool, dark gray wool, light gray wool, black wool, reflective fabric, black wool. (So many corners. Never again! :D)
The front and back pieces also had some decorative seams, so they were patched up from several pieces:
The hem was a half circle but with a diamond-shaped light gray block in the side seam. Here's one front piece with the pocket about to be sewn in at the top (regular side seam placement is indicated with red dashes, but instead I chose to sew more corners! gg me!)
The reflective bits on the front were sewn like welt pockets, but instead of adding pocket bags I simply sewed reflective fabric behind the holes I made on the front pieces.
I don't have many pictures of the process because I sewed a lot after nightfall and black fabric does not photograph well in artificial light, but here's a quick run-through of the process: I sewed the front+back+sleeves together (saddle sleeves are sewn like raglan sleeves), sewed pockets on the front hem pieces and assembled the hem. Then I sewed the top and bottom together. After this I assembled the lining, which was easy because the sleeves were one piece instead of six and there was no odd-shaped stuff on the inside of the coat. I attached the lining at the neckline, then at the ends of the sleeves. I then sewed the hem and lastly sandwiched the zipper between the front facing and the front of the main fabric. Had I stopped to think about it, there might have been a better order in which to do this, but I'm not one to rip seams for "nothing", so I finished the zipper last like the idiot I am... But the end result turned out okay so ehh, whatever. :D
So here's the finished result:
To me Keith will always be the Red Paladin:
The hem detail + pocket and sleeve:
Reflective bits photographed with flash:
So that kind of a coat project. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, especially since I didn't do a mock-up and I attached the lining to the coat in the wrong order which complicated things.
This is more or a winter coat and spring is soon here, but perhaps I will still have some use for it in the next weeks, and at least I now have a coat ready for next winter (and I don't have to worry about forgetting a reflector because those are already sewn in the coat itself).
So, what do you think of this sewing project? :)