Saturday, February 14, 2009

Another Burda Wrap Top

Burda World of Fashion January 2008, # 116

I don't have anything more to say about this top than the first time around, really, so the pictures will do the talking. I have a feeling this top will be getting a lot of wear!

(Apologies for the pictures' blurriness... The sun was about to set.)

The cotton knit is a souvenir from Amsterdam. The skirt dates from before my sewing years; it is one of the very rare ready-to-wear clothes I still wear, because I just love the details in it.
(No, I don't care it's out of fashion. I wear what makes me feel cute, full stop.)

I realized this week that I could totally wear skirts despite the cold, if I layered nylon and woolen tights. So, I've been wearing skirts all week, and a skirt is next on my must-sew list.
This skirt is just the same length as my silver lining coat, which means it acts as a petticoat under it. Let me tell you, I love the feeling!

Thank you so very much for your enthusiastic response to the coat. I still owe you a post with more detailed pictures. I'm back in full swing work-wise, though, so it may take just a little while.
I also made Vogue 8534 last week, so you can expect a post about this one, too. :)

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Coat with a Silver Lining

Vogue 8346, view D

I just realized this coat is 100% British! (except for its maker, of course). I bought the wool-mohair-alpaca-nylon mix in the fabric shop nearby, and the silk lining with Melissa and Anwen; the self-cover buttons and shoulder pads came from, who ship super fast - I received my package the day after I ordered.
The lining is white with silver arabesques. I'll take a close-up shot later. Melissa, you're damn right - silk-lined pockets are such a tactile treat for a fabric lover.

I don't have much to say about the pattern, really - except that Vogue 8346 was exactly the design I was after: a classic winter coat with princess seams. The instructions were great. This pattern is a winner.
For reference, I made view D, but cut the hem at view B to have the same length as pictured in view D, because I'm so short.
I cut the front pieces in a size 10 and the back pieces in a size 8; I wanted the ability to wear the coat with 3 layers underneath (including a thick jumper, as in these pictures), so I made it a bit larger than usual.

(you can see a bit of the lining peeking from inside the pocket)

The overall construction went fast, but the hand finishing (snaps, buttons, sleeves, and one very long hem) took forever! I'm so glad I'm done; I have a feeling this coat will be worn to death. I love how swishy the skirt is, and this is really helped by the lining. The coat didn't feel half as full-skirted when I only tried the shell on.

I'll post more details later (lining, buttons, etc.). Whenever I feel like taking more pictures.

(I realize I never share my loom-knitting projects here, but the snood/béret was made about 3 years ago; I have knit one every year, and I have another version in antique mauve, and a super warm version in variegated black-grey-white. This one is definitely showing signs of wear as the weight of the hair ends up stretching the stitches over the years. I'm thinking of knitting another one, in black mohair. I never go out without a hat in the winter, so this black little number has been worn a lot!)

Next up on my sewing list are: a few knit tops, a sofa cover, and a laptop case for Seb.

**Thank you so much to all of you who gave me an award lately - I am very honoured! I never "do" awards, because I just never was able to pick just a few blogs out of the many blogs that rock my creative world daily. I hope you understand - a thousand thanks for thinking of me!**