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« on: January 17, 2011 11:09:10 AM »

i don't post here terribly often anymore... i've mostly been in a sewing rut since the onset of autumn. whatever! i actually worked on this coat for a few months... started august & finished on thanksgiving day Smiley it has been a true labor of love, a ridiculous expense (i think i got somewhere to the $250 range, tbh) & a definite learning experience. but i'm done & i couldn't be happier with the outcome!

come bask with me, plz Smiley

this is the pattern i used - colette pattern's lady grey. it is labeled "advanced," but honestly, the directions as indicated in the pattern are pretty easy and straightforward. thankfully, i did not have to make any changes to the actual pattern - i cut a straight size 4 - but the actual construction is completely different from what's suggested. i didn't even follow the instructions, i went with gertie's lady grey sew-along (http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/search/label/Lady%20Grey%20Sew-Along) (psst: this is AWESOME if you are thinking about jumping into tailoring. awesome awesome awesome!).

changes i made to the construction:
- interfaced the entire front with hair canvas
- added a muslin back stay
- padstitched the lapels and undercollar
- weft interfacing along the back hem
- bound buttonholes
- eased in the sleeves using a bias-cut piece of fleece (instead of the usual gathering stitches)
- sewed contrasting lace along the bottom edge of the inside lining (since the lining & shell hem did not match up for some reason)
- interlined the entire coat with lightweight flannel for warmth
- added shoulderpads
- the only topstitching i did was on the coat shell seams - not the sleeves, not around the collar & lapels
- hand-embroidered a fancy monogram tag to put on the inside!

my bound buttonhole, and the pretty button i used Smiley this picture shows the true color best; my other pictures are horrrrrible haha

ok ok, enough! coat pictures now!




like i said, totally pleased with the outcome! the only changes i would make (if i were to make this again) is i would make the sleeves full-length instead of bracelet-length... i just don't think the shorter version suits me as well. plus, i'd like to be able to wear it without long gloves Smiley also, the waist tie could have benefited from a bit of interfacing where it threads through the belt loops at the back - it has a tendency to bunch up if i'm not careful.

i don't want to bog this post down any more than neccessary, so if you want to see more pictures, you can head over to my blog: http://lladybird.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/completed-the-lady-grey. for a full list of the construction details (and pictures too! yay pictures!), check out http://lladybird.wordpress.com/tag/lady-grey - my lady grey tag Smiley

thank you so much for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011 12:31:12 PM »

That looks great!
I love the colour of it as well.
You did a great job!

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011 01:05:38 PM »

That is gorgeous! I can definitely see it being priced at more than $250 in a department store or boutique. I LOVE the color and the lining is amazing. Looks great on you too, congrats on finishing! Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011 01:12:41 PM »

well done. That is lovely. A lovely pattern although quite difficult but the result is well worth all the hard work
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011 02:34:58 PM »

no- i said stick it in your BUTTONhole!
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011 04:01:34 PM »

super cute! awesome job!
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011 07:23:29 PM »

It's gorgeous.  I want it.  Badly.

People always say "oh, you must be able to save so much money sewing your own clothes."  Um, no, not all the time and especially not if you're going to make something nice out of good material and take the time to fit it right.  Couture ain't cheap, people, that's why we gave it a French name.  Wink   

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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011 06:19:50 AM »

That is FABULOUS!  What fantastic work!!  Love it!
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011 02:05:49 PM »

Your clothes are always so gorgeous, but this is my favorite shade of blue, and I do love Colette patterns...I'm gonna have to try this pattern some time!
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011 02:17:31 PM »

Great job.  I can't believe how neat your lining is--great job.

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