I'm happy to say the pad stitching is done! It actually took a lot less time than I remembered! I am very happy with the outcome, the lapels are curling beautifully. For this project I even stitched the front stay by hand! Makes everything sit much more smoothly than by machine stitching it. So by the time I finished all the hand basting and all the pad stitching I was pretty done in, my back is starting to hurt so it's quitting time for today.
Take a look at a couple of pictures I took of the lapels to see how well they curl. I used a slightly different method of pad stitching which makes the work much easier and more precise with a lot less stress and work. Notice also the brown around the front stay, it's some lining that is machine stitched to smooth out the edges making everything sit better on the body. The jacket fits like a glove and it will be a joy to wear!
Like I said in the previous post one starts out with a bespoke garment at their own risk!
Tomorrow it's on to complete the canvas installation and then on to pockets, at this point the pockets will be a breeze!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"