Making Belt and Sleeve Loops

1 Jan

I’m totally not getting this project done by the time I go back to work on Monday. Boo! I’m actually went out for New Year’s for the first time in years. Well, if by ‘out’ you mean ‘working’ then I went out. I was at the Inner Harbor for the fireworks and I wish wish wish my coat had been ready. You see, I took a boat in from west shore into the Harbor and was much colder on the water.

I’ve also been sacked the last three days with a cold and an infection. Which once I could keep my head erect like a small baby allowed me to read through some of my construction books.

I stumbled quite accidentally on this technique for drafting and sewing the belt, sleeve tabs and loops in my Bunka textbook on Coats and Capes.

You see, the top loop using Burda’s method (which is meant to have a button sewn on it). Fat and thick and kind of happy hands at home. I was going to my friend Lilya’s shop to use her coverstitch. I thought this would give me nice thin loops like jeans. But, not wanting to leave the house, I tried this method.

You fold your fabric in thirds, with the selvedge as your outside, finished edge.  No finishing. Nice, eh? The loops are cut 2 to 3 cm longer than the belt. Bunka also recommends reinforcing the loop placement with interfacing. Which makes total sense. It just didn’t occur to me.

I also made my belt using their directions.

You see, you sew it wrong sides together and then roll the seam to the middle. You’ll then sew the point at the seam.

Comparison of the Bunka method and my slapdash Burda method for making the points on the sleeve tabs. I don’t know why my first looks so terrible. But, I’m now sold on this new (to me) method.

Let’s see:

  • set in sleeves (tie interfacing ordered)
  • interface hem allowance (to use wiggan or no….)
  • make vent (wish this was a pleat instead)
  • line (shiver)
  • sew buttonholes (again with the shivers)

I think if I focus, two weeks *tops*.

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26 Responses to “Making Belt and Sleeve Loops”

  1. Shirley January 1, 2011 at 10:31 #

    Happy New Year! Hope you are feeling better. Thanks for sharing your technique on making loops and belt. I think I’ll put that Bunka constuction book on my wish-list.

  2. Tracey January 1, 2011 at 11:03 #

    I very much like the Bunka method. You are doing a wonderful job on your coat – can hardly wait to see the finished product. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Marie-Christine January 1, 2011 at 11:31 #

    No doubt you’d feel perkier if you didn’t get sick because you’re out without a good coat :-). So keep at it, and you’ll get out of this vicious circle soon enough. This is definitely the year for warm clothes no matter -where- you live.

  4. oonaballoona January 1, 2011 at 11:54 #

    i’ve shied away from this type of belt before; this method looks fantastic. i can’t wait to see your coat!

    btw if you’re into natural remedies, i have to tell you about a little freaking miracle cure for colds, everyone at my work uses it; Umcka ColdCare. it’s an african root, tastes just like regular cherry cough syrup. you take it the minute you think you’re sick, or if you’re already sick, it shortens the severity & duration of your cold. it’s saved me three times this season!

    • Miss Celie January 1, 2011 at 21:40 #

      Thanks for the tip! I will have to find it. I’m rarely sick, but am miserable when taken down.

  5. sewforward January 1, 2011 at 12:33 #

    Your coat is going to look great. Really neat method you outlined for us – thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

  6. Victoria January 1, 2011 at 12:43 #

    I love your ambition and you’ve got me salivating to see the finished coat. I’m impressed you moved so quickly into this project. I can’t wait to see the finished coat! BTW, Happy New Year!

  7. Toby Wollin January 1, 2011 at 12:48 #

    Out on a boat, in the winter, without a decent coat (I think that rhymes…)? OMG, girl, you do like to live on the edge, don’t you? When I lived (ahem a LONG time ago) in New York and had to stand out on the subway landings waiting for the trains in Brooklyn, the only way I could survive without pneumonia was a long heavy wool coat and boots (and remember, those were the days before slacks in the office, too), and I also wore these neat little sort of knit wool ‘snugglies’ (I think Vermont Country Store still carries them)that were basically the length of bike shorts but were just the ticket in terms of keeping the ‘undercarriage’ not frozen. Part of why New York is so horribly cold in the winter is the dampness from the rivers and the ocean/harbor. I’m sure Baltimore is exactly the same way. Get….coat….done.

    • Miss Celie January 1, 2011 at 21:39 #

      I know, I know, I know. But, after mid 20s mid 40s seemed almost balmy. But, the water Aunt Toby! The water!

  8. Faye Lewis January 1, 2011 at 12:53 #

    Lovely work! Can you tell me if the Burda book is in English?

    • Miss Celie January 1, 2011 at 21:38 #

      Hi Faye,

      Yes, this series of text books are in English. It seems Amaon in the US no longer has them. But, I’ve seen them on (shipping is high tho) and some stragglers on eBay.

  9. BeccaA January 1, 2011 at 12:56 #

    The Bunka method looks fantastic. I want to try this now. Thanks for sharing. I hope you feel much better soon. Happy New Year.

  10. CGCouture January 1, 2011 at 13:29 #

    I think I’m going to have to hunt down the Bunka book as well. I love how the belt looks so far, and can’t wait to see it modeled. :-)

  11. melissa January 1, 2011 at 13:32 #

    Ooh that bunka loop method IS nice! I’ll have to remember that! I’m not certain I’ll finish my coat either before I’m back to work, but I’m most nervous about the collar and setting in the sleeves. And I’m freaking annoyed that I can’t do my pockets until my *#%€$# spoonflower order from before thanksgiving actually arrives. I swear they must use pony express for their international shipping. And the pony drowned.

  12. Summerset January 1, 2011 at 16:01 #

    Ok, that is a very slick method. I have starred this post for future reference. BTW, if you want, I would be happy and willing to photocopy and mail down to you the vent instructions from my son’s vintage coat. Very thorough, not hard and when I followed them to the letter, the vent turned out beautifully finished, inside and out. Let me know!

  13. Leanne January 1, 2011 at 17:09 #

    Happy New Year! Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather. I wanted to let you know that over the last few years your posts have inspired me to get my machine out and oiled up. I even made 5 pairs of fleece pj pants for Christmas presents! Thank you for sharing your sewing life wiht us.

    • Miss Celie January 1, 2011 at 21:32 #

      Hi Leanne,

      Thanks for letting me know. I’m thrilled you’ve gotten back into sewing. I was just telling someone at brunch today that sewing is my greatest passion. So, if that rubs off, I’m happy. I’ve been wearing my pajama pants non stop and suspect I’ll be making more soon :)

  14. LaKaribane January 1, 2011 at 20:30 #

    I’m putting this in my favorites! And I’m cold in PAP, and shiver at the very thought of being on a BOAT in Dec/Jan!!!

    (Yes, it’s all relative but let me tell you, some places in the hills hit 14C!)

  15. Rosie January 2, 2011 at 10:35 #

    Hope you are feeling better RC. The belt is fantastic. I cannot wait to see the finished product. Happy New Year!

  16. Jean January 2, 2011 at 12:13 #

    Nice to know I wasn’t the only one with a cold over the holiday week, watching too much Law and Order! I hope you are feeling better. Your new method produces a really professional result — wow! Can’t wait to see your finished coat!

  17. Andrea January 2, 2011 at 15:40 #

    Your coat is GORGEOUS so far!!!! You are doing a beautiful job!!!!! Thanks for the link to this book. I’m going to have to put this one on my list.

  18. Elizabeth January 2, 2011 at 16:05 #

    Oh, thanks for sharing this! It’s great! Happy new year!

  19. Susan - Knitters Delight January 2, 2011 at 19:46 #

    I am new to this method. Thanks for sharing. The belt looks so professional and RTW.

  20. The Slapdash Sewist January 2, 2011 at 22:21 #

    Those points are so sharp! The details of this coat are magnificent!

  21. senaSews January 3, 2011 at 07:35 #

    I love that pattern. Your fabric choice is great, too. Can’t wait to see your finished coat. Happy new year!

  22. Elizabeth January 3, 2011 at 16:46 #

    What a cool technique for the belt loops. That makes so much sense! Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to the finished coat.

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