Between the written instructions and the photographic sewalong on the Grainline blog, there's all the information a first-time coat sewist could want.
Before long you have something that's starting to look like a garment!
The toggle buttons came from The Button Bar in Adelaide Arcade, which is a wall-to-wall button treasure trove. They have quite a few kinds of toggles. I only had a 15 minute park or else I could have been there all day! These ones are made of horn ('not endangered', said the tube) (actually now I have a good look at them I'm pretty sure they're plastic, which would definitely not be endangered, heh, but in any case I probably feel a bit better about that).
We have one kind of wooden toggles at The Drapery, but they're black, which didn't seem right on this coat.
I sourced scrap leather and leather lacing from Adelaide Leather & Saddlery Supplies which is another local Aladdin's Cave of goodness and makes me want to learn how to make ALL the leather things.
The lacing was stuck down with a touch of PVA glue - not necessarily recommended but worked fine for me - before the closures were sewn on as per the instructions.
Really the only snag I have hit in the whole construction is when I came to the first step of attaching the lining. I found I couldn't pin the lining and outer together as required because the seam allowance at the centre front had been caught in the stitching of the toggle leather.
- Jane & Fiona xx