Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The Vogue Trench Coat is Finally Finished!

I've finally finished the trench/raincoat. After weeks of work and endless stitiching, hand stitching, unpicking when things didn't go right, basting, clipping and more hand sewing I'm glad to say it is exactly what I wanted.
Vogue 2449

To see more photos please click on this link and then click on each image, or on slideshow.
I think this raincoat will be travelling overseas with me. ;)


Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Vogue Trench Progress Report






Remember the OOP Vogue Trench I was working on?
The one with a milllion pieces?





I've spent an inordinate amount of time on it. HAND stitching woven interfacing to tabs, belts, shields, collars facings, SLEEVE HEADS and so on. I've sewed and stitched and unpicked and gone the extra mile.
The three part collar attached to the facing then added to the coat collar method is  PITA. I'd forgotten.





I'm glad to say I;m on the home stretch now. It is like a pregnancy. I've enjoyed it but reached the stage where I want it over already. Someone remind me never to do this again. Please.

I made a hood out of leftover pieces, from an old Burda Hoodie pattern. Do you like the check taffeta
lining?





I'm up to the hem and soon the double row of buttons and buttonholes. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

I Needed a Raincoat


Dear Reader
It is mid winter here in Sydney. The season started with a solid month of rain and very definite chilly weather. I wanted to make a proper long raincoat. I have to admit that I have an embarrasingly extensive collection of coat patterns, trench patterns, not to mention a shelf of Burdas but I decided on an old favourite, the out of print Vogue 2449. I'd made it twice before, once for my daughter and for myself. The photos are of me in my well loved well travelled grey wool version. The pattern calls for a lot of work, with sew-in interfacing the top back and tops of the (three part) sleeves as well as all the usual bits. The welt pockets, shields, epaulettes all with endless topstitching have kept me busy for days. I sometimes think I could have done a nice simple coat like the tartan version of the Simplicity 2508 Project Runway, pictured. I do love the asymetrical collar version. It is on my wish list.
Nevertheless, I love the Vogue and it is all starting to come together now and
I know it will be worth it. Have you seen what some of the high end lined and detailed raincoats cost? Four figures. A bit out of my budget.

I was lucky to come across the ideal material at Tessuti in York Street, Sydney. It is a black tightly woven poly viscose, which will be rain resistant but has a very nice weight and feel to it. The best thing is that it was in the bargain corner!
The cute buttons are from Tessuti as well.
Off to do some more sewing. It's raining out there. I just want to get it finished.




Dear Reader

Dear reader/lurker/accidental drop in from addresses where I have left comments under the name of this blog, welcome.
I had my previous blog for almost a week and it came to a sudden death due to my technical inexperience. I am not computer savvy dear friend. Being middle aged and almost completely self taught, it is a wonder that I am sitting at a computer at all. However the world is out there, through this window and it is too good an opportunity to ignore.
When I first started surfing the net I came upon sewing pattern websites and thought that was good, then through one of those I stumbled upon PatternReview.com when it was still fairly new. The joy I felt when I came across that sewing community was immense. I was thrilled. My goodness there were people out there that had multiple machines and rooms full of fabric. Oh my! There were people out there that were way beyond me in skill and also sewing beginners that were so innovative it took my breath away. There were other communities and websites and blogs.
Ah, blogs the brave new world. Once I thought blogs were an extravagance, then I found out they were yet another way of communicating and sharing ideas. Another set of tenous links in this ethereal community. I want to be part of it, dear reader. So, barely knowing how to upload photograhs to google, I set up this blog and did a few posts. Then I tried to improve the look of my amateur little blog and made a mash of it. I have deleted it and this is me, starting again.
This blog won't set the world on fire. I am not the most technically expert, or the most stylish or the most creative. I have no gimmick, no hook. I am a very visual creature and love the world of photography. I am good at sewing, I have done it for a long time. I am fair at photography, especially now that I have a decent digitial camera.
What I can tell you is I love the craft of sewing, the art of choosing a design and fabric and sewing what suits me and my lifestlyle. I want to dress this shorter-than-average body of mine in a way that flatters me and makes me happy. I want to look smart/casual/elegant. I want to look my age but not old-ladyish. I want to share what I am doing, my thoughts and a few of my photos. If you read this and enjoy it, please let me know.

With thanks,
Valerie
ps and this time I will get someone to help me sort out my gadgets from my widgets.