I am so happy to be back this week to share with you another look! A huge thank you to everyone who came out and voted (even if not for me!). It is a wonderful thing to see how many people are supporting us.
I’ve titled this week’s look: Autumn Dreams. In addition to using gorgeous fall colours, I wanted to showcase some more difficult construction techniques. Some things you’ll see in my outfit this week: welt pockets, collars, sleeve plackets and a fully lined coat. I sewed for my 9 year old daughter (harder to please but MUCH easier to photograph than a toddler!).
My fall colour palette is red, gold, and brown. I added in denim and white as neutrals. These cooler colours also are the most flattering on my daugher’s skin and beautiful blue eyes. I sewed 6 garments this week and want to give you a little more information and photographs of each one.
First up is the white layering tee. I used my Chestnut Tee & Dress pattern once again; it is such a versatile pattern! This time I did 3/4 length sleeves and used gold heat transfer vinyl to embellish it. I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut out the words “vive l’automne” – French for “long live fall”, except of course it sounds much cooler in Canada’s other official language!
Over top of the tee is a button up shirt. I used the Sisboom Ethan as my base, but did quite a few alterations for it to fit my daughter’s narrow shoulders well. There is also some shaping at the side seams for a more feminine cut. I added a second pocket and moved the yoke pleats to the center back.
The fabric is some incredible soft chambray from L’Oiseau Fabrics. It drapes so nicely and feels wonderful next to the skin and I just love the trendy arrow design. I fussy cut the back yoke so that the arrows are perfectly centered.
The facings are done in a white cotton for contrast. I’m particularly proud of how the sleeve plackets turned out; I’ve only done them once before and they stress me out!
My daughter is also wearing some boot cut denim pants that I drafted myself. The fabric is a thicker, non stretch denim. I did double welts on the back and some fun slant pockets at the front that are cut at a sharp angle.
The leg includes another pocket, this time cargo style with gold trim. A gold button finishes off the functioning fly and buttonhole elastic is used to create an adjustable waistband to allow for growing room.
The most difficult and time consuming garment was the wool duffle coat. I used Ottobre 6/2012 # 29 Naavakuusi as my starting point. I redrafted the bodice to fit my daughter and also drafted a one piece yoke that sits over the shoulder seams.
The fabric is a brown and ivory wool with gold and red metallic threads woven into it. I lined the coat with flannel backed satin so it is nice and cozy while still easy to take on and off. The coat closes with a front zip that is covered with a storm flap. Decorative toggle buttons and loops give it the classic duffle coat look.
I hand stitched the hem, front zipper, and sleeve edges with a prick stitch to secure them invisibly in place. There are tabs on both the sleeves and the center back that are stitched on with a cross stitch using embroidery thread.
Next up is the bag. I drafted a simple messenger style bag with a long cross body handle as well as a shorter handle on the flap. The flap closes with a turn clasp. The brass of the turn clasp coordinates with the hardware on both straps.
Inside the bag is a zipper welt pocket and there is a bias bound patch pocket on the back side. I fully lined the bag with an adorable fox printed quilting cotton. Decor bond is adhered to the fabric and gives the bag lots of structure.
Finally I drafted and sewed up a simple tuque. It is upcycled from one of my old wool sweaters. The challenge with this piece was that the sweater is quite loosely woven and frayed easily.
I hope I answered all your questions; if there was something I left out please ask away! Also, I’d really appreciate a vote, so please jump on over to the Project Run and Play site and vote for me there. I’d love to be back next week to share my costumes!