Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Is it Almost Spring Yet?

I've been working and working and working on my new Spring Coat.  And tah-dah, here it is!
 
ooo, and check out those new-to-me ebay boots...

I'm so excited about it.  It's made from the endless scraps of fabric I have about the place - including the vintage drapery ( the sleeves).  The base is some of what I scored when the fabric store down the street suddenly went out of business and everything was 90% off.  Can you imagine?!!  It's embossed velveteen.  I worked from a Koos pattern.  I love them, always so exuberant and complicated.

I'm going to visit all the wonderful women at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style that I missed last week.  And the crowd at Monday Mingle, and, of course, Lakota's Ta-Dah Tuesday.  Oh, and don't forget the Pleated Poppy.  Come join us.

Ed. Note:  A year later I'm connected up with Sheila's Shoe Shine and Sacramento's Share-in-Style: Autumn.   My lovely boots never got the chance to shine on their own and my transitional coat gets such short air/ wear time between seasons, it was a great chance to show them off together again.  Hope you don't mind...

See more views of the amazing Spring coat, after the break!


in situ front view
and closer up
trying to show the back while Tree Bark Women edges in
attempted back views
are quite tricky
and rather unsuccessful
oh well, there's always the boots

To see the coat and pattern without the distraction of moi, click on the Clothes for Spring page.



44 comments:

  1. I have no words to describe what I feel about you making a whole coat out of scrap material, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    It should be in a museum or hanging in my closet, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    LOVE, LOVE LOVE and admiration, my dear Pao.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Either sounds like quite the honor, my dear Sacramento. But I do think I want to get a chance to wear it a bit first...

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  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous Spring coat, Pao! Every scrap is lovely and it's a piece of art as Sacramento said. Thanks for sharing the beauty with Visible Monday.

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    1. And thanks for having a place for us to show off at Visible Monday, even if it is Tuesday!

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  3. Wow! Beautiful Spring coat. I hope you get lots of lovely Spring weather so you get lots of chances to wear it.

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    1. Me too, it's snowing like crazy at the moment.

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  4. Pat--I lol'd with the camera on the butt view!!
    What a glorious, gorgeous spring coat!! It's definitely ART in the best form!!

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    1. It's a difficult job, but someone's gotta do it.

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  5. That's amazing, you're so creative. That is the true definition of one of a kind.

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    1. You're probably right, I don't think I'll see myself coming and going with this baby on. Unless of course I'm looking in the mirror.

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  6. I'm lost for words! Pao, I effin' love that coat, you are an absolute genius. xxx

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    1. Oh that's right, it's a patchwork - your specialty!

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  7. Love the coat and you in it. The boots are totally cool as well. I adore the back shots of the coat, with you doing your best impression of Gumby. Funny and totally awesome.

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    1. heeheehee, for your viewing pleasure.

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  8. Beautiful beautiful coat! A total work of art. I agree with Sacramento, I could easily see this in a textile exhibit in a gallery.

    And the boots! So lovely! The pointy toe is just fabulous.

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    1. Had to wear me some kickass boots so I wouldn't look too sweet or old lady like in my new Spring coat!

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  9. Pao, your coat is completely fabulous, in the strictest sense of the word. And you look fabulous in it, in the you-look-great sense of the word! As grand as this garment is, I just love your pictures of the back ...mostly how you got them. You are supple as you are brilliant!

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    1. You should see the blooper shots!

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  10. This gorgeous coat and new boots are both fabulous! Thanks for rising to the challenge of showing us the yoke and gathers in back, I always like a back view. :) Beautiful work, I love the collar too. What make are your boots?

    I have also enjoyed your recent state-of-the-project summary and to see your workspace, fascinating! I am a totem-keeper too.

    P.S. Hi there, Tree Bark Woman!

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    1. I think you could safely say we are a study in contrasts re our fashion photo approach! The boots are Franco Sarto? I have another pair in a cowboy style with pointy toe in brown from ebay too. tsk tsk.

      Yes, you would definitely be a keeper of totems. I would love to hear about/ see them.

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  11. Incredible, Pao. I'd love to see this coat up close and personal. What a perfect way to usher in Spring!

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    1. If only the weather would cooperate! Come on by to Chicago - it's not raining anyway, just snowing!

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  12. I love your back view techniques. If it works, it works!

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  13. That's absolutely fabulous! And the boots are spot on.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by juuli. I tried to visited you, but can't find your site...

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    2. Oh, I don't have one yet that would be of interest. There's an old blog with knitting stuff but the host lost all my photos, so I haven't engaged myself there anymore.
      Just visiting you like this for a while until I decide what to do next as a blog.

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  14. Your new coat is a Work Of Art! I love your attempts to photograph yourself in it. So amazing that you managed to get the back! And I'm so envious of your ability to wear pointy toes. My poor feet will not allow it. Sigh.

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    1. Hey Louisa, how cool you went all the way into another country to visit that fabric/clothes fair. And you got to see Marcy Tilton! What did you get there?! When I lived in Detroit I remember dashing back and forth to Windsor all the time. Actually I haven't been back to Canada since they've required a passport.

      Oh I know, I love my new coat. The boots are just about flat. You just have to get the right size, don't you? It's not like you squish your feet into the pointy part...

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  15. Now that's a dream coat, Pat! I love the photos, too. I think the tricky ones are quite successful!

    eBay! Boots! I have to be quite careful if I enter the magical delights of eBay :o

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    1. You mean because it's technicolor? I wore it today because it wasn't snowy or windy, the temp was all the way into the 40s and I wore a huge honking boiled wool sweater under it! woohoo. And I was in the car, but that I was at an all day creativity workshop. Perfect.

      Re ebay: Just don't do it, Lynne.

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  16. I could never make a master piece like your coat thou, ahhhhhhhhh.
    Much love, my deares Pao.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Not true, not true, Sacramento.

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    1. Now if it will only stop snowing already!

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    1. Just visited your Longing for Spring post, Ana. Love your mix of prints ensemble of floral and stripes. Very nice.

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    1. Now if it'll just get above 19 degrees!

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  20. Ohhh! This coat is sooo beautiful! And so original! Embossed velveteen - how divine! It must be even more spectacular up close. I love the voluminous sleeves. What a creation - fantastic job!

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    1. I feel like I just stepped out of an iconic painting when I wear it. I just love it.

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  21. Love the coat... so expressive! And it's all from your fabric stash? I'm duly impressed!

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    1. Glad you like it Jean. I love using up that fabric stash!

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  22. Fabulous!!!! a coat of many colors!!!! They wrote a song for that.

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