Now that all the pattern pieces have been blocked, I was able to join the shoulder seams. I like to separate my yarn into 2-ply strands and use a small crochet hook to crochet the seams on the inside of the coat. You can see that I keep the pieces from slipping by securing them with little girls’ hair clips.
Once the shoulder seams were complete, I joined the underarm seams of the sleeves in the same manner.
Instead of setting in the sleeves at this time, I chose to work my collar and bottom bands first. Turning a coat is difficult enough without the sleeves flopping around! Then I pinned my zipper in place.
Sewing the zipper can be a little tricky. It must be hand-sewn from the wrong side and it is always a problem to keep the stitches straight and the front opening from shifting.
I have finished typing up the pattern but it must be proofread thoroughly for mistakes. Once I have completed the entire coat, I will take pictures and post the free Bike Chain Car Coat pattern on my blog. Look for the pattern the first or second week of November.