Thursday, December 21, 2017

Sewing In, Sewing Out

~ and a rough day at the sewing cave ~

But it's not always like that.


Some times it's just like this.

~ le sigh ~


Then there's the fun and games...

~ like hiding behind sheer silver-gray organza ~

I hear that's good for disguising wrinkles.


~ but first you must iron it! ~

hehe


~ another trick is to keep moving ~

 That way you are a blur, which keeps any old, aging parts at bay.



~  double points if you keep on moving and have your back to the camera ~



But what I was really going to post about was the trials and tribulations of the new coat I'm making:  Pamela Roland's Vogue 1332.  

~ this one ~

Has anyone done this one before?  oh my.  

That's my coat fabric on the right and my lining on the left (hand quilted, by the way).  It has so many layers of fabric!  Plus batting, the organza as interlining and sew-in interfacing.  And each layer is hand-basted around the perimeter of each pattern piece.  All the pattern markings and stitching construction  are marked with tailor tacks (thread) on each layer or each piece.  Something like that.  

It is taking me forevah!  I guess that's okay.  I only hope it fits/looks good after all.



p.s.  I'm wearing my workout clothes in the pix.  yeah.  oh, the top is a translation of Tina Givens Juliana top pattern and the pants are from her Phoebe pattern.  




20 comments:

  1. This coat will be a masterpiece!!!
    I quite agree about camera back, blur, and keep moving. Hahaha. I love seeing your sewing cave. And you look absolutely groovy - that's also essential.

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    1. oh, thanks Melanie, it means a lot coming from a schtar like yourself. Maybe now I can start feeling groovy.

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  2. Oh, dear, that first picture is terribly sad. Your outfit it great, however, and I think your coat will be stunning.

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    1. What can I say, Radostin? This sewing malaise will pass. And I can still dress well in any case - for sewing and working out. Hopefully I'll get that coat done before x-mas...okay, the end of the year...

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  3. Ah those 'Why is this such pain to put together' sew days! I know them well. But there's such satisfaction when the puzzle is solved and a garment assembled and you like it. I think it will look fabulous.

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    1. Yes, yes, I'm showing the oft deleted scenes from the acts of sewing. Not just the well-packaged grand finale. No sireee.
      Well so far, I can't get no satisfaction. But I've sewn enough that I know it'll come...

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  4. What a project!! but I know you'll rock it :-) Happy happy holidays - Coco

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    1. Yep, I hoping so, Coco. Happy holidays to you too!

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  5. I I remember when that pattern came out. It's very cool and teenage mutant ninja turtle-ish. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product. I think there may be a review on Sewing Pattern Review.

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    1. Yes, I do think it looks like a turtle, or some kind of insect. I saw the review and she said it was good for beginners!!! But then she used pre-quilted lining and no organza interlining, so that's several layers less with no hand-basting. I think the actual sewing together of the coat is not difficult. Oh, but there's double welt pockets! Something I've never done before...

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  6. Sometimes it helps to sleep on it and the difficulty magically goes away. Delightful little peek into your creative space! Looking forward to seeing the finished coat. Onward!

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    1. Naps are my go-to remedy for all things troubling. Yes, ever onward!

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  7. Love the Pao action shots! Glad creativity grabbed you again. that pattern looks ace and I adore the print on your tunic! xxx

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    1. Those paisleys rock, don't they. By the way, I received the Exotic Styling book you recommended. Can't wait to try some fun tips.

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  8. I bought that pattern when it came out. I pull the envelope out of the coat pattern box, it rides the table for awhile, and then I put it back in the box. I got nothin. I want to find the perfect copper bug fabric, and then I'll crack it (I do confess the yardage #s are in my phone list, so it's a real definite maybe).

    I know you can pull it off, and if it doesn't work, I know you will enjoy the bonfire you toss it onto.

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    1. Bug fabric would be great. So far I've been procrastinating (or gearing up for it), but I can feel it coming on.

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  9. All that handsewing! Your fabric choices are always magical. I look forward to the day you tame the beast!
    xo Jazzy Jack

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    1. The latest is I've been standing up at a table that's about waist high. So much more comfortable for long bouts of hand-sewing that's supposed to lay flat.

      I do believe the beast is purring now.

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  10. I wish I had a sewing cave! Part of the reason I haven't gone all gung ho on the sewing is that I have hardly any space in which to work. That coat looks so cool - I love the shape, and your fabric choices. I think we could all use a grey organza filter some days ;)

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    1. Perhaps you could just go whole hog and turn your entire place into a sewing cave. hmmm? Plus your cat will luv it. I'm thinking of making a grey organza head covering/face covering hat thingy. Perfect for us mature women.

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