To say I struggled with week 2 of project sewn would be an understatement. Sewing with a theme can be quite constrictive creatively. Worst is the extra pressure because everyone is so amazing.
Aiming to ‘up my game’, I wrote for each week a different personal goal: Last week was tailoring and drafting, this week was sewing ‘unusual to me’ fabrics : Lace, suede, leather, chiffon, slippery polyester etc..I started my experimentation with a lace and suede elisalex dress and felt I was looking less pretty in pink more like a Jem and the holograms (BTW, I do love them). When a project isn’t working, better move on….to a more complicated make… how about a sewing a chiffon dress?
Long story short, even with the dress ready to photograph I felt it wasn’t working. If I wouldn’t wear it after this competition would be like cheating my personal taste. If I don’t love it, how others would. I spent sleepless nights on pondering what to do next. A separate post to talk about both “binned”projects in due time. With the deadline approaching, it was like SEW SEW SEW…
Now let’s talk about the outfit I presented to the competition. A project that I am in LOVE with.
The belted wrap coat from BurdaStyle 10/2012 #103 is one of those patterns that doesn’t look impressive until you actually make it. In my best efforts to support small designers and their patterns, the last two years I haven’t really explored mainstream patterns.
I confess this last two makes from burdastyle had surprised me. Instructions are terrible but the design is actually very good. I need this coat in every colour. The only change would be increase the side pocket bag.
The coat instruction ask you to sew the coat using a flat fell seam without mentioning the technique by name. A beginner wouldn’t know how to look for more information.
A feature that impressive on the design of this coat is the two piece sleeve. They are brilliant.
This wool felt is the most incredible bright pink fabric I have ever seen. I definitely caused a stir walking the streets wearing it. The fabric is super thick and warm. To sew, I used my walking presser foot and a jeans needles.The large collar was made bigger because I love the Pink oversize coats trend.
Seams finishes used for the coat were mix of welt, flat fell and black satin bias for contrast. The belt was made with real leather using tips from Don Morin Craftsy class.
The modified button back top is the Kanerva, fresh from named new spring collection.
This outfit has a powerful street urban feel with the coat but a sexy elegant glamour at the same time because the length of the sleeves and hem.
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