Preshrinking for My Next Project – And A Hard Lesson About Taking Pictures

Dear reader,

I wrote the post below last month and I was so busy that I FORGOT TO PUBLISH IT. To add insult to injury, I finished the project including making pattern alterations and I forgot to take pictures!!!! Anyway, live and learn right? So here it is anyway but you’ll have to use your imaginations about the coat until I can get my friend to come out and model it. One day I’ll get the hang of this blogging thing…


My next project is for a friend who loved my coat so much that I’m going to make her a similar one. We went shopping at AK Fabrics in Manhattan and found the perfect fabric – grey herringbone at $25/yard. Later that day, I found large sheets of blue tracing paper at Mood. I was so excited to get my hands on that paper because I have a lot of muslin action coming up soon.  Anyhow, I’m so looking forward to working on this coat but first the material has to be preshrunk. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please, please Google it so that you can learn how to preshrink your particular fabric. I know it’s hard waiting another day especially when you’ve been shopping for a while, but trust me on this – you don’t want to spend hours and hours on a garment only for it to be destroyed the first time you wash it.

As I did with my own coat, I used Carolyn’s method from Diary of a Sewing Addict. The only difference is I have a Jiffy J2 steamer (which you’ve seen in many of my photos) and I just lay the wool out on my sewing table. It takes a bit of time, but not as much as packing it up and taking it to the laundromat (aaaah, city living).


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