Sunday, January 21, 2018

FINALLY, that Pamela Roland Coat is Done!

Yes, it is.

~ Ta-Dah ~

~ and here's what the pattern model looks like ~

As you can see, I made a few changes.  And a few changes happened because of me.  Like I'm not a 6'+ model, for instance.  Or I decided I'd like long sleeves and buttoned up collars on my coats.


~ notice the back is different ~

I know, rather suggestive, but I didn't need all that extra fabric around the shoulders so I ended up folding it over as much as I could.  And that's want I came up with.

~ it's such a weird thing ~

It's a cape.  No, it's a coat.  No, it's a Ninja Turtle.  A Rorschach Test?  hmmm...

~ Check out the lining ~

This was so hard for me to make, way beyond my technical abilities.  It had four layers, I was lost, I tell you, lost.

Meanwhile, let me show you that lining again that I hand-quilted to the batting...

~ yeah, baybee ~

And the humongous snaps I covered with fabric (woo-hoo) and hand-stitched on.  Speaking of which, every part of this thing was hand-basted first before it got to the machine.  No wonder it took me 2 months to complete - along with all the moaning involved.

~ awww ~

Then I had this brilliant idea that I wanted big (embroidered) bugs marching across the mid-back/ shoulder seam line.  I figured a bug a day.  But it took 3 days for the first bug.    I do think she's cute as a.  Even more time spent on the second, and I didn't think he fit in with the coat.  The third was looking good, but I still needed 4 more.  So for now, I just stopped and decided to wear the darn coat already.  geez.

~ Bug #1 (not sewn on) ~

I even went so far as to make a bug hat with silver veil over the eyes, kind of a 20s vibe.  But no, you're not seeing it.  It was really too, too, much with THE coat.  You know how it is.  Right?  Sometimes enough really is enough.

I can actually come out of hiding and join the bloggerhood at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and the rest of those guys when they go live.  And here's Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like.  Yipee.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Fresh Dress for the Holidays

~ photography by geof kern ~

So nice that you can dress it up or down for whatever the occasion.

In other news, it's been gently snowing since last night and looks so picturesque. 

~ out my window ~

~ only 2 inches expected ~

And I'm back at it with THE coat...

~ this time whistling while I work ~

I have one more of these big panels (bigger than my table top) and then I'm off to hand-sewing another set of layers.  An ever smaller lot of them.  woo-hoo.

~ with intermittent breaks to watch the snow fall ~

Ho, ho, ho to each and everyone!

xoxo, pao 

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! ~


~ 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.  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Clothes that Work Out

Yep, that's me showing off my work-out wear. 

~  you know, like for exercising ~

I haven't mentioned my routine?

~ hmm, let me show you my moves ~

But first, you have to know I've made whatever I'm wearing, right?  yeah.  

Well, the sweatshirt that says SEW was an XL men's that I cut up, added a collar from the hem and a jacket zipper from my stash.  The pants I made awhile ago from a vintage, heavy linen tablecloth.  And here's the stretch mesh top...

~ stretch mesh with Parisian graffiti  ~

~ Trippen shoes from ebay function as my "gym" shoes ~

~ hey man, are you messing with me? ~

~ the photographer caught in the act of disappearing ~

~ after mimicking my "poses" ~


Sunday, October 22, 2017

From Flop to Frippery

By way of a Tina Givens Meri dress pattern*, no doubt.  You'll never know the places you'll go when diving into one of these adventures.

~ But I never thought I'd end up here! ~

Oh my.  You wouldn't either if you checked out the pattern picture.  But then again, if you've worked with these patterns, you probably know modifications, alterations and (for me) way out remedies are the name of the game.  Which is kind of why I like them.

~ I'm feel so liberated now ~

I started out with the least favorite fabric I had on hand in case it turns out to be a dud.  This is a double border ITY knit, of all things.   I try to figure out what size to use, but sometimes its rather difficult to do based on the pattern pieces when they're not consistent.  This dress used one piece from center front to center back.  In other words, there's no side seams.

~ just hanging out here ~

Shoulder seams didn't line up, the usual stuff.  I took up the shoulder seams 4 inches on each side because both the underarms and the neckline were soooo low.   The pattern photograph shows a high neckline.  So much for that.

~ another ready for take-off picture ~

It was supposed to be sleeveless, but since the armholes were wonky, I decided to use the leftover angled pieces as sleeves.  They were already perfectly cut for kimono sleeves.  So voila, on they went.  That was a surprise.  Now I had a tribal kaftan, kimono-esque dress.

I'm starting to like this thing.  It just needs something for that weird neckline, plus I don't like the way the center front flares out with excess fabric.  hmmm.

~ cruising ~

After a couple false starts on necklines, I found two long narrow triangular scraps of the fabric that fit together perfectly to form a neckline with ties.  I attached it like you would a bias binding and then finagled a way to sew the tie ends inside out, yada, yada, yada.  So there we are.

This thing is so much fun to wear, especially on a breezy day.  It's like instant drama.

And wouldn't ya know it.  I had the perfect shoes to wear with it.

~ screaming orange and magenta XOXO shoes from ebay ~

I'll be joining Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style (finally), Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.  Hope to see you there.

 *ah, I see she's no longer selling this pattern.  But don't sweat it, you can still get it on other sites, just google it.

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