Monday, January 19, 2015

Camel Toggle Coat

I finally made my Albion coat!. This project has been on my mind since the first day of fall and I am proud to say I completed it. When I picked up this pattern I loved the fact that It would have a duel use as a coat for either me or my boyfriend. I also loved the photo's and I knew I would take it on after seeing so many sewists who succesfully altered the pattern. MY first idea was to make the jacket version using an army green cotton canvas fabric. and line it with a plaid flannel.I changed my mind since I already own a jacket this color and I wanted to try a new color. I found this cheap faux wool and plaid fabric that happened to macth perfectly. I altered the pattern which sat untouched for about a month until I was finally ready to tackle it. Here it is my most advanced project yet,and my first time adding a lining to any garment. next version will most likely be made with a goregous olive green twill I have had my eye on from mood. .

Saturday, January 17, 2015

French Retro

a few months ago I decided it was time for me to make my first jacket or coat. I had just fallen in love with this french pattern company, deer and doe. Their designs are so classic and feminine with a vintage flair!I seriously wanted to buy almost every pattern on their website. When I saw the pavot coat pattern I just had to have it,I knew it would be perfect for my first attempt at outerwear.I had initially planned on using a deep red wool, but I had trouble finding it at a price I was willing to pay... I thought "what if I ruin this expensive fabric on my first try??". So I decided to buy a herringbone wool blend coating that I found on sale for about 4 bucks a yard! Since the fabric was so cheap I thought it would make a perfect wearable muslin.I reycled the wooden buttons from an old pair of curtains and I love how well they match this fabric.The only alteration I needed to make was a small bust adjustment, after reading that this pattern was drafted for a c cup. I'm so glad I followed that advice because the fit was perfect! I will definately make this jacket again with a lining.