A bit of background: sometime in the spring of 2013 I became terribly, blackly depressed. This continued right through the summer and fall, right up to just before xmas this year. I wasn't able to care for my garden, which became a mess of weeds; I cried for no reason to the point of feeling I was going to go insane; nothing was at all happy; I didn't go on Craftster (which was a daily obsession); I was losing weight, and wasn't even really happy about that. And because I felt that way - I couldn't craft anything. For anyone. For any reason. And then, right before xmas, I finally spit it all out in a hugely grotesque outpouring to my best friend. And though it felt shameful and terrible - it freed me from the dark blackness I was in. I pulled xmas out of thin air, making things left right and center, in an effort to make things better for my family.
And then this past weekend, I decided to make something for myself. For the first time in a VERY long time. And this was it. It's a prototype / first draft of the steampunk version of this coat i'll be making for my daughter before March. I give you the 1713 Men's Frock Coat (which Jack Sparrow's coat was based off). I have nothing but respect for seamstresses and tailors of the day - they did all this shit by hand.
So: hanging up in my craft room
the original pattern I printed off the web (for free!! but no instructions - boo!). It took me about three hours to blow the pattern up and trace it onto tissue paper. That was so not a good time.
pattern pieces laid out - material is some old curtains i had hoarded .... i mean SALVAGED from who the heck knows where
See me in the mirror? And how I haven't showered in two days? Or changed out of jammies? The coat was my obsession
Me wearing coat. That gibbledy bit in the back BOTHERS me - but it's a first draft. Halloween costume once i fix it.
This coat doesn't have pockets yet, or buttons down the front and in the tail. 34 buttons!! i managed to find five that matched in my button hoard .... collection. I'm in the process of trying to find some that won't kill me in price.
So - this is more like my Welcome Back to the World project. And i'm happy to be back.