Just curious but what operation do you think is the hardest to sew well -consistently? I’ve always thought it was sewing a “V” comprised of four pieces; two topside, two underneath such as that of notched collars and the like. Complicating a four piece V is if one side (two piece) is eased onto the smaller under piece -a typical requirement of notched collars on suits. If this isn’t a skill you’ve yet mastered, I wrote a tutorial on sewing a three piece V neckline (scroll down) that will get you going.
Thus is the preamble to today’s pattern puzzle: No! Ayanna sent me a picture of this coat designed in 2008 by Viktor & Rolf who were protesting the increasing number of seasons added to the fashion calender. As to the latter, more than five seasons just isn’t tenable for many firms, how do you juggle it all? Unfortunately, increasing expectations are such that many start ups spread themselves thinly in an attempt to do it. My opinion is to start with one (Fall), master that and then tackle adding another season the next year and so on, ending up with a maximum of four or five. Personally, I couldn’t see doing more than three but it also depends on your market. I have one client who does 12 collections a year. The most amazing of it is that she manages to have a personal life.
Anyway, any takers on drafting the “NO!” in the Viktor & Rolf coat? I don’t think the draft would be as difficult as the sewing. The trickier letter being the “N”; “O” would be like sewing a hat. If this exercise wouldn’t convince you of the necessity of smaller seam allowances, nothing will. What say you? Give this one your best shot and have fun.