Sunday, October 30, 2016

"Interesting Outfit You Have On There"

... said a man as I walked into the elevator. 


~ uhuh ~


I laughed and turned around.

~ kinda like so ~



~ but my initial response was this...~




~ yeah bay-bee, and I have super powers too! ~

I wish.  Meanwhile, this is my second make of the Thai Coat by the Sewing Workshop Collection patterns. It is out of print, but is still available through ebay, etsy, etc.  I made it with an unusual double-sided stretch denim fabric - as you can see.


~ back scrap patch ~

It's very quick to make, especially if you don't follow all the directions.  Primarily, it's all folded over hems with mitered edges.  I did not use either of the double neck facings.  They seemed completely unnecessary and just otherwise followed the instructions for a kimono-like collar folding into the front lapels.  I also cut the front right and left panels as two separate pieces with a 4" seam up the back collar area, rather than cut it as one huge front panel with no back collar seam.  A huge unnecessary waste of fabric, in my opinion, for no aesthetic or design favor.  Eliminated the gigantic sleeve facing which was difficult to maneuver and again unnecessary.  Just turned over twice and hemmed sleeves.  Cut overall length at smallest size which was plenty long enough on my 5'5" frame.  Made it one size smaller than I would usually overall.  But the armholes for the sleeves were very low.  I raised them up by 2 inches and if made again would raise them again by 2".   They are still quite huge and I don't have skinny arms, that's for sure.

It flows beautifully as you walk and would look great in any number of fabrics from heavy to light.  As long as they are delicious on both sides.



~ dress print on your left side, coat print on the right ~


I'm wearing it with a double-sided fused knit I made awhile ago, also from a Sewing Workshop Collection pattern that I massively reinvented, the Bristol Dress.

~ grainy photoshopped look ~

~ and au natural ~

Check out those sox.  I couldn't believe I matched up everywhere!   The sox were leggings long ago and cut off as they became too small.  Then I sewed up the toes to make over-the-knee sox worn with garters.  voila.


~ and the ebay Vivienne, Trippens ~

I finally got some Cherry Red Doc Martens shoe polish and took care of these babies, the Docs, some boots, and wowser.

Trippen on over to Patti & the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style even while she's celebrating in NYC.  Then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.  See you there!


22 comments:

  1. Of course you have superpowers! He should have noticed that before he noticed the outfit. Adore those shoes, as always.

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    1. Yeah, you're right there, Louisa. Silly guy.

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  2. Absolutely fantastic. How amazing that those two prints are the same fabric, I was sure you'd lined it!

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    1. I know, I couldn't believe it myself, which was why I bought it. Then it sat there for years til the right pattern came along for it.

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  3. Pao, this is ALL so wonderful, eye candy. I love how you layer, mix, style...

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    1. There was no choice in the matter, Coco. It all just had to be.

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  4. I love, love that superpower face! Gorgeous garments as always, and a treat for the eyes. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Yes, one can't help but notice all the lovely flowers...

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    1. Hey, Carol. Gotta blog? I'd like to visit.

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  6. Stunning...What a fabulous outfit!

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    1. It does a nice swosh when walking too. Like those Western dusters.

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  7. What amazing floral fabulousness! I have found that "interesting" is the fallback for people when their brain can't figure out whether they like what you're wearing or not. The woman at the magazine shop at the airport yesterday pointed out that "everything you are wearing is so different". Yes, yes it is.

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    1. Yes, that's another good remark. Where they feel what you're wearing warrants some comment from them, but not anything positive.

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  8. of cause you have super powers!!!
    this cuts, this prints alltogether are marvelous!
    i - in opposite - failed grand with a straight black skirt yesterday.....
    xxxxx

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    1. Oh, I'm sure you 'rocked' that straight black skirt, Beate!

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    2. haha! insider joke :-D
      the next day i got it finally - it was like i could´t see the forest because of the trees :-)
      now i have a straight skirt block with a draw string waist! very comfy! xxxxx

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  9. I keep having you pop up in my pinterest and I have to just let you know I love your clothes, your shoes, socks, EVERYTHING! You are my handmade hero along with Ivy Arch!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to say hello, Susan. That's high honors to be on board with Ivy Arch!!

      hmmm, so I'm popping up on your pinterest. I'll have to see if I can find yours. Cheers!

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    2. I'll make it easy for you. This is my pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/thesuewan/

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    3. It is okay, I'm terrible at updating my blog. I have all these good intentions and then it just doesn't happen. I tend to just update my pinterest and tumblr more as I like looking at images and I was a negative place for a while with my job so I didn't really want to vent in public.

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