Tuesday, April 5

new coat (and a dress)

made a new coat (01/2011, #126)
that was on my mind for over a year
ever since i saw that beautiful coat that marusya grace sewed last winter
i've used deep purple wool and navy napa leather
violet stretch satin for lining
and a lot of hand sewing..
usually i prefer to sew everything by machine,
but since this is a super easy project
and fabrics are more luxurious than those i usually sew with
i decided to take my time and 
pay attention to the details and finishes
instead of rushing everything as i would normally do
so, i assembled the coat and lining using machine
and than finished everything else by hand
lining attaching included
(some of that work was totally unnecessary
like securing all the seam allowances
using some sort of an invisible stitch..
but it looks super nice, so i'm glad i did it anyways, 
even though it's now covered by lining)
front edges and bottom hem are left unfinished
the wool won't fray
and the coat looks way better this way
that narrow strip of leather at the back of my neck
is covering seam allowances of the shawl collar
so it looks neat on the both sides

loved working with leather
even though i do not have all the equipment needed
so it was a struggle to sew it..
and now my head is buzzing with ideas
for future leather projects

dress is from march burda issue (#119)
and i've been living in it ever since i made it