Now that you’ve fused all those blocks, let’s cut them out! This is one of my favourite parts of cutting (which is my least favourite part of sewing, so I try to find joy in it wherever I can!) because those exciting parts like fronts and collars are finally revealed, and you can really begin to envisage your coat.
I’m starting with my under collar – pair them together and lay your pattern on top:
Chalk around it and cut it out:
You might have cut a larger block and need to lay your pattern pieces out again – if you took a photo initially, this is when it comes in handy.
And when cutting, remember which end of your blocks is the top – I usually trim the corner diagonally to denote this (although I haven’t here because the top of my pieces were fairly obvious) – it’s a good idea to develop a system like this to prevent mistakes. Remember top collar fall is the same direction as the back!
Here are all my small pieces cut:
And the ‘big bits’:
Earlier I cut my lining:
I’m using some stash silk cherry jacquard that I initially bought to turn into a blouse, but I’ve decided black isn’t so flattering next to my face anymore, so lining it has become!
That’s my cutting all done!
I like to roll it into a bundle and tie it up so I don’t lose any pieces before I start sewing:
Tying that bow also gives me a small sense of satisfaction – like ticking the box – cutting all done!
Don’t forget to clean up – lol!
How are you all getting on with your patterns and cutting? Any problems? Any questions? Ask away!
Also, I’ve avoided pockets up to now. My coat has really simple inseam pockets, but I am happy to go over a few different types for the sewalong. Let me know what pocket types you want covered in comments!