It took me ages to get pictures of this coat. I made it back in November, and I’ve worn it almost every day since. But somehow it took until now to take a photo.
The coat is fitted with princess seams on top, with overlapping center panels like in a double breasted coat. But I only put buttons on one side, leaving it asymmetric. There’s a wide waistband cut in one piece connecting the front and back of the coat, leading into a pleated skirt with welt pockets. It has a shawl collar, which I made a bit longer than the neck opening/collar stand and gathered up with a strip of fabric to make a sort of bow. I’ll put up a tutorial for how to make this sort of collar if anyone’s interested.
This was my original sketch of the coat, which ended up pretty accurate. The biggest change I made was to put in welt pockets, because side seam pockets made the skirt lumpy. I also ended up adding a snap to hold the floppy end of the collar bow in place.
The leaves don’t really change color back home in California. Sure there’s a maple tree planted here and there, but the native oaks and ubiquitous eucalyptus are evergreen. So this is my first colorful autumn and I can’t believe how beautiful the parks look.
It’s been a long time since I posted anything here. Real life has kept me very busy the last few months, and with my Etsy store on vacation, I haven’t been taking many photos or sewing nearly as much. What has kept me so busy? I’m getting married in two weeks! Last weekend we had a bridal tea party, and my friend Anya wore a dress so beautiful it inspired me to take some pictures again.
The dress belonged to Anya’s great-grandmother, and it has the most beautiful white work in every style: embroidered sleeves, a tatted edge here, a crocheted hem there. The slip is as elaborate as the dress itself, although all you can see of it when worn is a little hint of lace peaking through from time to time. So pretty.
I haven’t posted much recently, because I’ve been busy moving from my parents’ house to my own apartment! This has interfered with my sewing, and even more with my picture taking since I forgot to bring my camera. This weekend I went home and collected my camera (also, we finally bought glasses! and a shower curtain! we’re something like two thirds of the way to a functioning home.) So here’s the better lit picture of my corduroy pants I promised weeks ago, along with a basic raglan sleeve shirt, and a tiny glimpse of my new home.
I think I mentioned before that I wear these pants pretty much every day. I just love them. One of the projects in my pile of things to make before I buy any more fabric is a corduroy version for fall. I’ll make them with slightly narrower legs, because the thicker fabric will stand away from the leg a bit more, but other than that I’m using the same pattern. These pants are all I ever want to wear.
The flower crown is one of Prima’s crepe paper creations. The flowers decorated my birthday present, and after I put one in my hair she twisted them into a crown for me.
My sister Rosie spends most of her day around toddlers, so she tends to wear jeans and shoes she can run in. What she really wants to wear is high heels and crisp wool skirts, so when she presented her research at a conference this spring, she was happy to have the excuse make herself a new skirt. She settled on this gray suiting wool and simple a-line shape, with a narrow waistband and an invisible zipper. The sweater she’s wearing with it is a long sleeve version of the Shaped Lace Tee from Knitting Lingerie Style, which is probably my favorite knitting pattern. A pair of simple lace stitches with just enough going on to keep it interesting, and a beautiful finished product.
I recently made myself a couple of stripey shirts. I don’t think they look much alike, and I know you won’t either, but when I went to show David the second one he said “weren’t the stripes darker yesterday? Did the cat sit on it?” I explained that they were different shirts and he pointed out that they were similar patterns and both loose fitting, and then he looked sort of sad. So I promised to make something different next time.
This shirt is for David – much closer fitting than the others, and in his favorite color. I love the stripey shirts and I’ll wear them to work this week, but over the weekend it’s nice to wear something that makes David smile.
If your boyfriend is pouting about your very easy summer shirts and you want something fitted you can whip up in between orders for other people (or whatever fills your weekend), this is a very simple top. It’s more or less my draped t-shirt without the sleeves. I made mine as wide as my waist at the waist and tapered out a couple of inches above and bellow, which makes for a fairly close fitting top. For a more standard t-shirt fit, match your bust measurement and taper in and then out again from that. At the armpits curve in slightly in front (less than you would for a set in sleeve), and a bit more in back. This will make the front wider than the back, giving the top a slight cowl neck. Cut the neckline straight across. Sew up the sides, and hand sew the corners of the neckline together.
This dress was based on two patterns from the book Lace Style. I used the shape of the Essential Tank Top, and the lace pattern from the Ooh La Lace Dress. I used crochet cotton, and my lace repeats ended up slightly smaller than the original. I knit it a few years ago at a dress for Isabel, but she’s grown a bit (or just stopped wearing her dresses quite so short), and we generally treat it as a top these days.
I spent a quiet Sunday afternoon lying in the grass watching the clouds and taking a few pictures. It’s been a while since I had a real day off, and it was lovely.
I’m wearing my picnic dress. There are instructions on how I made it here, but it’s not the most detailed tutorial. Feel free to ask me about anything confusing.
Everything has been very busy this past month, and it hasn’t really calmed down yet. I still want to tell you all about how to make jeans, but it may take me a while to get to it. In the meantime, here is what Isabel wore to a tea party this weekend.