A coatigan to remind me of my grandma’s carpet: Burda 12/2011 #114

I was lucky enough to get 2 yards of this totally glorious fabric from emmaonesock last year. It looks like a fabulous vintage carpet. It’s a wool fleece with raised areas, a brushed texture, and decorative selvedges. The design seems to be knitted in as you can see below on the reverse. The fabric arrivedContinue reading “A coatigan to remind me of my grandma’s carpet: Burda 12/2011 #114”

Seventies coat: BurdaStyle 02/2010 #126

I’ve never liked seventies fashion. I blame it on seventies hand-me-downs from my older cousins that didn’t fit me until the eighties. By which time they were just so uncool. Felicity, however, has no such bad associations. We came across a coated denim in the newest store of The Fabric Store in Adelaide. It’s coatedContinue reading “Seventies coat: BurdaStyle 02/2010 #126”

Fabric shopping in Madrid, another cocoon coat and another Bella

I’m sorry to report that the strawberry thief shirt has not been progressed since I posted last. I have two excuses. Excuse 1 I had a work trip to Salamanca in Spain. I didn’t take my sewing machine with me. Playa Mayor, Salamanca, 8 PM (before dinner, of course!) However, my accommodation in Madrid en-routeContinue reading “Fabric shopping in Madrid, another cocoon coat and another Bella”

Crazy Cat Lady Coat: BurdaStyle 12/2011 #114 and some more European travel

Isn’t it ridiculous? In a good way. Of course. The zip is functional and accentuates the design’s lovey boule shape. Flattering? No. Fun? Yes! Technical details Pattern: BurdaStyle 12/2011 #114 Size: 38-46, I made a 42. Fabric: Cotton canvas upholstery weight fabric, from IKEA, lined with Sunsilky – a polyester lining with good breathability. ChangesContinue reading “Crazy Cat Lady Coat: BurdaStyle 12/2011 #114 and some more European travel”

From Oscar de la Renta suiting to IKEA upholstery fabric

You know those competitions where you use one pattern for different looks? I’ve got a great example to show you. This is BurdaStyle 11/2014 #110 The shorter version of BurdaStyle 11/2014 #111 Why do I make a shorter version of this same pattern? Don’t I have lots of other perfectly good patterns? Well, I hadContinue reading “From Oscar de la Renta suiting to IKEA upholstery fabric”

Oscar de la Renta coat

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post about this coat. I’m delighted with it! One side view.. and the other. Now, the promised construction details. A major decision with this project was which side of the fabric to use. My initial thought was ‘how convenient that lamination is, because I won’t needContinue reading “Oscar de la Renta coat”

The coat of many collaborations

Have you had a sewing project that was collaboration with others? Did it turn out awesomely? Mine did! Wonderful people helped me with this coat. The fabric: a generous gift from Liz of designerfabricsaustralia. The inspiration: What Oscar did with this fabric – Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2007 RTW collection. The pattern: you, myContinue reading “The coat of many collaborations”

Coat muslin, IKEA style

I’ve listened to you and worked hard this weekend on my coat. I know you are expecting something like Burda’s vision of elegance for this pattern (BurdaStyle 11/2014 #111) But, I’ve made a muslin and it’s not an elegant coat in any way. IKEA upholstery fabric. So much more fun to make muslins from than,Continue reading “Coat muslin, IKEA style”

Poodle coat finished and modelled

I think she likes it… I like it too. It looks great and it feels wonderful. The fit is good too Perhaps a bit big through the shoulders and back (but that means it fits me too… not that this was planned!) You can just see the grey marl ponte under sleeves in the pictureContinue reading “Poodle coat finished and modelled”

Poodle coat construction

I am having a lot of fun with this project.   Stand collar ‘interfacing’: not a fusible, but lovely Italian shirting cotton There’s something appealingly subversive about using “couture” techniques when sewing faux fur that looks like a poodle. Mais oui, pourquoi pas? Of course a poodle needs couture treatment. It is French, no?  Continue reading “Poodle coat construction”

Winter comfort food

Let’s start with dessert Chocolate cake I think you know what my priorities are. Yes. Chocolate is one of them. It’s a vegetable with lots of antioxidants. What’s that you say? Something about fat and sugar? Surely not! This is the second time I’ve made this cake. First time was for craft night and exactlyContinue reading “Winter comfort food”

The Big Winter Coat Finale

Here it is, in the fading late afternoon winter sun. Everything is done, apart from taking it to the drycleaners for a professional pressing (I hope that’s why the hem doesn’t look perfectly smooth yet..) This has been a long project and I’ve learnt a lot about tailoring. I even know how to bag outContinue reading “The Big Winter Coat Finale”