This jacket is turning into a beast.
On my previous jackets I always put the zipper in last and inevitably the two sides didn’t line up. So this time I thought I’d start by putting in the zipper. I basted the two center front sections together, basted the zipper to the seam allowance, then topstitched it in place and removed the basting stitches. But since I wanted it to zip up all the way through the collar that meant attaching the collar at the beginning too. All this took about two days.
I also thought the jacket would get more wear if I made it warm enough to wear outside through November or so. Which would hopefully make it warm enough to wear in lab through the winter. To that end I decided to interline it with cotton flannel. I followed Ann’s instructions for hand-basting the flannel to the outer fabric. That part wasn’t too hard. But adding the extra layer made the seams much bulkier, so each one has taken a while to sew, trim, and press/wrestle into shape. Here’s the inside of the front section showing the red cotton inter-lining:
I finally got the shell done this weekend. I left the interlining off the sleeves because I thought it would make them less flexible. And I hand-stitched the collar facing down to the collar. The back is still a bit wrinkled but I hope putting the lining in will fix that a bit:
Now I just have to make and insert the lining…