A few days ago I got the overwhelming urge to sew a Gerard coat. I posted about it on Instagram and Bella mentioned she'd been wanting to sew one too. So plans were hatched and e-mails exchanged, and today we present to you the Coat-along!

Have you been wanting to sew a coat but you're afraid of taking the plunge? Or maybe you need a challenge and a deadline to get your sew-jo going? Bella and I have set ourselves a six week deadline to finish our coats with an end date of December 4th . Neither of us have made a coat before and we felt like we could use some moral support from each other to get to the finish line of such an involved project.  And if you're interested we'd love for you to join in!

You're welcome to sew whatever coat pattern you like! I'll be using the Gerard pattern from Republique Du Chiffon and Bella will either be making Gerard or this Burda bubble coat (without the ruffles). I think the slouchy, boyfriend style of Gerard will be great for my first coat pattern, as there's not a lot of tailoring involved. If you're interested in sewing Gerard too be sure to check out Kelly's great detail post (on fabric, interfacing, buttonholes, etc.) about her (totally amazing) Gerard Coat. I've also collected some Gerard Coat inspiration on Pinterest here.

And a couple days ago I ordered my fabric and lining from Mood:

Blue/Black Herringbone Wool Coating (sold out)

Terracotta rayon bemberg lining

I've also rounded up a preliminary list of coat-making tutorials from around the web. If there are any you think I should add please let me know in the comments!

Choosing Easy-to-Sew Coating Fabrics - Sewaholic
Choosing Easy Coat Sewing Patterns - Sewaholic
How to Pre-shrink Wool in the Dryer - Off the Cuff
How to Bag a Jacket Lining - Grainline Studio
Making a Back Stay - Sewaholic
Bound Buttonhole Tutorial - Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing
Hemming a Wool Coat - Did you make that?
Pad Stitching Tutorial - Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing

So if you're interested leave me a comment letting me know you're in! We'll be using the hashtag #coatalong on Instagram to share our progress and to solicit help and advice from fellow coat-sewers! I'll be posting updates on here too. And I'll put together a round-up of everyone's coats in December.

Let's make some coats!

<3 Lindsay

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