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« on: January 06, 2014 10:47:01 PM »

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.
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014 05:07:41 AM »

Glad to hear that you're getting better and crafting is making you happy once again. Smiley

The coat looks fabulous BTW!
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014 06:25:58 AM »

Welcome back, I'm so glad you found your way back x
Those dark places can be very scary yet often turning away from then is even scarier !
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014 06:29:44 AM »

welcome back, i know the feeling and i agree with the above comments.
big hugs and love from here
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2014 07:38:05 AM »

Just adding my pennies and my love!  That jacket is phenomenal!  No worries on the little bubbly bit- that will make an excellent Halloween costume!

You are not alone at all when it comes to depression and the dark places, and how hard it is to dig yourself out of it.  I have had an on-again-off-again relationship with the black-hole-beast since at least 1996. 

I'm pretty sure I am not speaking only for myself when I say we are here for you.  Reach out to someone.  Even if it's only a drawing that says "help, the blackness is back"- someone will come running with a virtual hug.  As a matter of fact, have one now: 


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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2014 08:29:01 AM »

now i wonder why i stayed away from Craftster for so long .......... you guys are so wonderful. Thanks for the hugs! And I'm very grateful that Craftster and her community are always so positive - and inspirational.

My daughter is already harassing me for her coat. Anyone know where I can source about 35 buckles??


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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2014 09:49:53 AM »

now i wonder why i stayed away from Craftster for so long .......... you guys are so wonderful. Thanks for the hugs! And I'm very grateful that Craftster and her community are always so positive - and inspirational.

My daughter is already harassing me for her coat. Anyone know where I can source about 35 buckles??




Thrift stores / charity shops - salvage them from old belts ? X
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2014 10:33:18 AM »

That looks great! Do you remember where you found the pattern?
If you're doing steampunk, you could also use buckles instead of buttons. Small ones are pretty cheap when bought in bulk  Smiley


It's great that you are feeling better now! *hug* (if consent)


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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2014 12:06:33 PM »

http://jacksparrowcostuming.wikispaces.com/file/view/R_36.jpg/149183701/R_36.jpg

this is where I found the pattern Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2014 12:49:09 PM »

Hi, have a hug from me, too. Been down there too.

For the buttons: make them period. Cut a small circle out of your fabric, stuff it with something (may even be an old acorn), stitch a thread about 1 cm away from the edge all around, pull thread tight - have an original button.
See here http://www.pinterest.com/gbertholet/medieval-accessories-buttons-cloth/ and here http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/jennifer/buttons/Basicfabricbuttons.htm

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